• BHI Practical Exam: Cock and Plate (Part 2)

    This is the second part describing the process to create the Cock and Plate assembly. You can see the 1st part here. The first part seemed to have gone well. Perhaps it wouldn’t be wrong to say it went at least 80% as well as I could have hoped. By far the biggest problem I …

  • BHI Practical Exam: Cock and Plate (Part 1)

    The 2nd year of the British Horological Institute (BHI) exams includes a practical exam where the candidate must make a Cock and Plate assembly for a carriage clock. This article will be split over 3 parts that I hope to finish over the next few weeks. This first part will focus on the preparation prior …

  • How to Spot and Fix a Watch Battery Leak

    Watch batteries used in quartz watches, specifically Silver Oxide cells, often leak. (click here to learn more about watch batteries) The electrolyte used in a Silver Oxide watch battery is highly alkaline and corrosive and so when a battery leaks inside a watch it can be catastrophic for the movement. In a combined survey of …

  • British Watchmaking

    BRIEF HISTORY OF BRITISH WATCHMAKING Watchmaking is a British trade. Every major escapement design, and around three-quarters of the remaining innovations came from these shores. It can be said to have started with Thomas Thompion (1639-1713), often referred to as the father of English clockmaking. A student of his, George Graham(1673-1751), invented the lever escapement …