• Making my First Watch

    I have talked before about some watch designs that I’ve been thinking about for my first watch. See the article here. Originally I was going to make an ambitous regulator layout with retrograde hands, although once I calculated how much work was involved I decided to scale things down a little. Now I am satisfied …

  • BHI Practical Exam: Cock and Plate (Part 3)

    This is the final part of the series into the cock and plate exam that forms part of the BHI’s 2nd year exams. The 1st part is here where I do some planning, make the screw and the arbor, and the 2nd part is here where I make/mess up the plate. Under the new exams …

  • BHI Watch Servicing Exams

    There are 4 watch servicing exams that form part of the BHI examination portfolio; D4 : Quartz – 6 hours D15 : Manual Wind – 7 hours D16 : Automatic – 8 hours D20 : Chronograph – 16 hours In each case you will receive a watch or movement that has had a certain number …

  • 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 …