What does your watch say about you?

There is a saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover. But you can judge a man or a woman by the choice of the watch. Why is that, you wonder? Well, the time when the watch was needed has passed a long time ago. Nowadays, the wristwatch is an expression of style. So, as your shoes need to be polished, and your shirt or a dress must be ironed, your watch also has to have certain fashion standards. A wristwatch is the only accessory that has the power to completely make your outfit look stunning or stunningly bad. So, let’s take a look at some stereotypes and some general opinions about them. Few things you should have in mind.

One: don’t wear a watch that is better than your boss’s if you want to stay in the company. Two: we are nice guys, so we won’t name names, but you’ll get the point.

Three: it’s just for fun, so don’t get offended.

Fresh meat

Ah, the young and compulsive buyer. Usually fresh from the college. Now, given the assumption that he doesn’t want to spend too much of his grandma’s Christmas money and he hasn’t got a clue about watches, he decides to go big. Not too big (grandma’s money is limited), but something shiny. Something that will tell the world he is young and hungry for success. Won’t listen to anyone but himself, and his favorite Internet browser. He googles the price of classic watches and he has a mini panic attack.

Verdict: he ends up buying a fake luxury watch thinking no one will notice. But everyone notices. And now he has an overpriced copy of a watch on his wrist and he installs different Internet browsers.

Wannabe stylish

He doesn’t know much about watches. Period. But someone told him that expensive means good. He is willing to give his three-month salary for something he doesn’t like. But he thinks that will open up the gates of Wall Street for him. He buys one of the famous expensive brands. Just like with the new partner, every his sentence now begins with: “My wristwatch this, my wristwatch that…”. Doesn’t even know the type of movement or what do that weird little letters on the back serve for.

Verdict: He ends up with a broken expensive watch and a CPR. He threw his nice watch in the sea on the 50 meters depth to prove its water resistance. Then he tried to free-dive it.

Watch hipster

Oh, the usual wristwatches are so boring. He wears a green, star-shaped pocket watch on his wrist. Why and how? No one knows. He likes watches made of wood, the hipbone of a mammoth, or the famous Nuremberg egg ones. But not the real deal, as they are rare and awfully expensive. Usually, he looks like he stole his grampa’s watch. 

Verdict: He will tell you stories about his rare and precious watch that he dug up in the deserts of Egypt. When you point out the “Made in China” mark, he will get offended. Maybe he will even prohibit you from going on his indie band concerts.  

Smartwatch proud owner

A kid you wonder how the heck he got his driving license. When you mention Schmeichel, he will ask: Kaspar? He will bore you with every single little feature his plastic monstrosity can do, completely ignoring the fact you are not interested, even a little bit.

Verdict: smartwatch owners usually hide the ugly truth they can’t tell time on the classical watch. Also, smartwatches are just...not watches. At least not in classical style. If you tell him that, his heartbeat will go higher and he will spend 300 calories while being offended.

Young and successful/rich

The keyword here is young. You see, just as good wine, a good taste usually has to age a bit. But the young money crowd has no time for it. So, the bigger, the better. The more expensive the better. The shinier, so it looks great on social platforms, the better. Whatever will gain them more clicks/likes. There is even a sort of famous guy that has a roulette watch on his wrist. We didn’t make this up. He ordered his handmade watch to have a roulette wheel on it.

Verdict: you will usually find them in the nearest hospital. While they were DJ-ing, making vlogs or podcasts,  the unholy weight of their platinum franken-watch resulted in a broken wrist. Or someone casually robbed them.

The secret agent

You will be fooled by his appearance, at the start. Nice guy, nice suit. When he puts out his hand for a firm yet respectable handshake, you will notice a large scuba watch on his wrist.  Often followed with a fake British accent and oily hair. Try not to laugh in his face, it’s not polite. And maybe he has a license to kill.

Verdict: James Bond is the only one that can wear a big sports watch on a formal suit. No one else.

The final verdict

Ok, we have had our fair share of fun, we admit. But buying a watch just for the sake of having it doesn’t make sense at all. A wristwatch is something personal, not just a fashion accessory. We have nothing against people who buy luxury watches, on the contrary. We just have too much respect for our work and the work of every other watchmaker. Also, we like it when someone wears a nice watch. Especially if someone wears our watches with a bit of style. Of course, everyone has a right to choose. But, please, don’t buy a watch just so you can say you own a watch. Also, don’t be a snob. You should buy a watch if you want to wear it. The price of the watch doesn’t have to mean anything. Numerous watchmakers overcharge their customers just for the brand name. Don’t be that guy.

October 22, 2020

How Do Automatic Watches Work?

Unless you’re a watch aficionado, you may be unaware that there are different types of watches that all have different movements. A watch movement (or caliber as it is also called), is the mechanism that controls how the watch functions and in most cases is mechanical or quartz. Mechanical movements use a spring that needs to be wound up and quartz movements operate using a crystal and battery to create power.

Automatic watches fall into the mechanical category, yet they are different from manual style watches. Many people opt for an automatic movement when purchasing a watch, as they are generally considered lower-maintenance than their manual-style counterparts. The different mechanisms within an automatic caliber ensure that they receive power differently, and with this comes certain benefits.

So, how do automatic watches work? This guide is designed to help watch-buyers understand how their automatic movements work, and how to properly use and maintain their efficiency.

What Is An Automatic Watch?

An automatic watch is basically what it sounds like; a watch that self-regulates power with little involvement from the owner. The mechanism within an automatic watch that allows it to function as such, is a self-winding mainspring. Unlike a regular mechanical watch, where someone has to regularly wind the spring, in an automatic watch, a power reserve is created. This means that you don’t need to constantly wind up your watch. 

This mechanism may sound high-tech and as though it’s a modern innovation, but it was actually invented in the 1700s by a man named Louis Perrelet. His creation allowed other watchmakers to develop it, and in 1923 the first automatic wristwatch was produced by John Harwood.

Since the automatic watch’s first appearance over 100 years ago, it has been transformed and updated. Big watchmaker brands such as Rolex have adapted the original caliber, adding extra weight to its rotor in order for it to have better function. More recent technological advancements have allowed the automatic watch to evolve with the times, and suit the needs of people nowadays.

The Inner Workings Of An Automatic Watch

There are many integral parts to an automatic watch, and they all work together to create a seamless timepiece. The first thing to know about an automatic watch is that it is essentially powered by the natural movements of the wearer’s wrist. However, it is important to understand the functions of the three main mechanisms more closely in order to fully comprehend how an automatic movement works.

The Rotor: A weighted rotor is where the process starts in an automatic movement. When a watch wearer moves his or her wrist, these actions turn the rotor.

The Mainspring: The movement of the rotor winds the mainspring, which essentially self-winds itself. Once fully wound, gears send the energy from the mainspring to the balance wheel.

The Balance Wheel: The balance wheel is the spinning part that you can sometimes see through the back of an automatic watch. The balance wheel uses the energy from the mainspring, in regulated doses, and turns the hands on the clock at an accurate rate.

Since the automatic watch is self-winding, this means that there is a power reserve within the watch which helps to keep it functioning, even as the spring unwinds. However, despite this, the watch does need occasional maintenance. If you own an automatic watch you will need to wind it up every so often using the crown. The crown is on the side of the watch’s face and can be turned to wind up the spring. Don’t worry about overturning it, as the gears will release from the mainspring once the mechanism has been fully wound up.

The Benefits of Owning An Automatic Watch

Quartz watches are considered to have the best calibers in terms of precise timekeeping, and manual mechanical watches are revered for the way they have been excellently crafted. So, you may wonder, what is the benefit of owning an automatic watch? Essentially, the best thing about owning an automatic watch, is that they offer longevity with limited daily maintenance.

Although with a quartz watch, you don’t need to wind up a spring, you’ll need to change the battery every so often. This can be annoying and pricey. With a manual watch, it needs frequent winding of the mainspring so that it can function.

So, an automatic watch is a happy medium. It doesn’t use a battery as it uses the activity of its bearer to create power. As well as this, turning the spring is not something that needs to be a daily occurrence. For these reasons, many people choose automatic calibers as they offer an easier watch-owning experience.

How Long Do Automatic Watches Last For?

When we hear the word automatic, we often assume that this means that there is no upkeep required in the maintenance of the watch. However, this is false. An automatic watch can be a pricey purchase, and just like a quartz or manual watch, it needs to be looked after for it to function properly.

Since an automatic caliber is powered through the movements of the wearer’s arms, it’s important that you keep your automatic watch on for as long as possible. Of course, it’s perfectly fine to remove it during sports or while you’re sleeping, but removing it more than is necessary may mess with the movements of the rotor, which can reduce the overall accuracy of the timepiece.

If for whatever reason, you do need to take the watch off for a longer period, don’t leave it unwound for too long. Even if you aren’t wearing your watch, it is important that you manually wind it up every so often so that the mechanisms in the caliber still run well. When an automatic watch is fully wound, it can last from around 40 to 50 hours.

Since automatic watches are not battery powered, assuming you keep it in a good condition, you should be able to keep your automatic watch for as long as you desire. Of course, small mechanisms may need to be replaced now and then but with some understanding of how your automatic watch works, you can maintain its excellent performance and therefore own it for a long time.

October 21, 2020

Why are watches so expensive?

There are so many reasons to wear a watch. The obvious motives are that watches are useful accessories, that will provide you with the time if your smartphone runs out of battery. They are also stylish jewelry pieces, that add a finishing touch to an outfit. 

However, for some people, wearing a watch is something to be proud of as not only are they decorative but watches are also exquisitely crafted pieces of engineering. To wear a timepiece that has been highly-crafted on your wrist is to know you possess a thing of brilliance.

Unfortunately for some, the price tag of watches can be off-putting, and drive consumers to buy lower-priced pieces that aren’t as functional. So, why are watches so expensive? There are multiple reasons why, ranging from high-quality technology to brand association and design.

Production Costs

If you think about the cost of a smartphone, you aren’t just paying for the machine itself, but you’re paying for the high-class technology and engineering that was required to create it. A watch is the same as this.

Some people may see a $25,000 price tag on a watch and immediately think it's overpriced. However, depending on the manufacturer and the type of movement in the watch, this price could reflect the hours of work that has gone into creating this piece of jewelry. The skill and time required to make a watch are often reflected in the price. 

Mechanical watches are usually more expensive than other calibers. This is because, since the arrival of the quartz movement, there has been less need for mechanical watches; people who want a mechanical watch, desire to own one due to the skill and craftsmanship involved in creating it. For this reason, watches with a mechanical caliber will often be more expensive, than a watch whose movement was created in a factory.

This isn’t to say that factory-engineered movements are much cheaper. Some can be very expensive, but again, this is a reflection of the development and research that has gone into creating this caliber. For example, if a certain quartz movement is made using the latest watchmaking knowledge, ensuring a watch will have high performance, then it is worth paying a higher price to own a timepiece that uses this technology. 

So, next time you look to buy a watch, make sure you check the movement type and its efficiency. It could explain to you why the price tag is so high! 

The Exclusivity of A Watch 

Think about designer fashion houses. Often these designer brands will produce one of a kind pieces and sell these for extortionate amounts. However, since they are so rare, the price is high to reflect the uniqueness of the item. This same practice is applied to watches. 

If a watch series is created and less than a hundred units are produced, then the price of this limited edition watch will dramatically increase. For example, Bremont released a limited edition Hercules Platinum watch, only creating 75 timepieces. The price of this watch is around $25,000, which may seem extreme to consumers, but watch enthusiasts will recognize that the exclusivity of the piece is reflected in the price.  

A Luxury Brand

As with any piece of jewelry or technology, we often pay more depending on the designer or brand. In the watchmaking industry, there are several well-known brands whose reputation precedes them. If you ask someone to think of a watch brand, they will probably say Rolex, due to its high-class position in the timepiece world. Rolex has consistently created good watches, and crafty marketing has ensured that they remain as one of the most sought-after watchmakers in the world. For this reason, brands like this can charge high prices because of their position in the industry.

The thing that keeps brands luxurious, however, is the consumer. People desire to own watches from high-end companies like Rolex because they want to be associated with this luxury and wealth. For many people, owning a high-priced watch is like wearing a badge of honor, that will acquire them respect from their peers. Therefore, expensive watches are not such a problem for many consumers, yet an aspirational achievement that many hope to partake in.

An Expensive Watch Can Be A Good Investment 

Just like buying a house can be a smart financial decision, buying a certain watch can also be a great investment for you. Many watch collectors buy timepieces based on the likelihood of their value going up over time. This means that in the long run, spending a little more money on a watch could equal a big payback for you. 

However, not all watches are great investments. There are a few factors that affect the value of a watch increasing. First of all, the brand is very important. Rolex, as already mentioned, is usually considered a good investment due to its world-famous name. Other aspects of a watch that decide whether its value goes up or not over time include its exclusivity, movement type, whether or not it was one of the first watches of its model produced, and its aesthetic.

Collectors of watches must also ensure that they keep their watches in good condition; this means regular maintenance and cleaning, and repairing any broken parts. It’s equally important to retain the case your watch came in, and the instructions. This small detail is important, but one that many don’t think about. However, it can affect the value of your watch if you ever try to sell it.

Are Expensive Watches Worth It?

As you’ve seen there are many reasons why watches are expensive. So, is it worth paying such a high price point for a wrist piece? This depends on what you want from your watch. If you desire a highly crafted piece of technology, that is beautiful and made by an esteemed brand, then it is definitely worth parting with more money to acquire that. However, if you simply want a stylish watch for time-telling and fashion purposes, then you don’t have to break the bank. It’s possible to find something that is well-made and reliable with regard to functionality. The great thing about watches is that there truly is something for everybody. 

October 21, 2020

How Do Water Ratings For Watches Work?

Most watches have some resistance to water. If they didn’t, they would break every time they were splashed by raindrops. However, some timepieces are more waterproof than others and can be used when swimming or diving.

Watches are rated based on their water-resistance, and there are different ways to express this, including BAR and ATM. The most common scale used to measure resistance is ATMs (which stands for atmospheres). 1 ATM equals the equivalent pressure at a sea level, so this scale indicates how deep your watch can be submerged in water, and still function. 

Every watch will have a water resistance rating on the back of its clock face, so it is important to check this and understand what your watch’s limits are when it comes to being near water. Below is a useful guide, explaining these ratings in detail.

0 ATM/BAR

If you want to buy a watch and it does not have a water-resistant rating on it, then it’s probably not worth your money. When a wristwatch lacks a water rating, this means that any water could damage it. If you do own a watch like this, take it off before showering and try to avoid getting it wet when you wash your hands.  

3 ATM/BAR 

Most wristwatches have a water rating of 3 ATM. This means that it is protected against rain and should be fine if you accidentally splash, or spill a little bit of water on it. However, it’s definitely not resistant enough for you to wear it while exercising or swimming.

5 ATM/BAR

If you have a watch with a rating of 5 ATM, this means that you should be able to take a shower with it on, and it won’t get damaged. However, do this with caution. Hot water can be damaging to watches’ calibers, and if your watch is under warm water for too long it could affect it. A watch with a 5 ATM rating definitely gives you more freedom with where you wear it, but it isn’t completely waterproof.

10 ATM/BAR

Assuming you’re an avid swimmer or snorkeler, a watch with a resistance rating of 10 ATM is the one for you! You should be able to do some laps in a pool wearing this or even go snorkeling close to the sea’s surface level.  

20 ATM/BAR 

A watch with a 20 ATM rating is seriously waterproof and can function in most wet settings. You may assume that with a 20 ATM resistance rating, you can go deep-sea diving. However, the amount of pressure that this would put on your watch means that a specifically made diving watch would be better for this activity. 

A watch with a 20 ATM rating will allow you to swim under the water for a decent amount of time and not have to worry about your watch breaking. However, it’s important to remember that the movement of arms when swimming can create more pressure, which could be worse for your watch. If you want to do some serious deep-sea swimming, it could be worth investing in a special timepiece made specifically for that.

October 21, 2020

What Hand Do Men’s Watches Go On?

Since the stone age, humans have been using their right hands to grip objects. Although it is not exactly known why most people are predisposed to right-handedness, the majority of us are inclined to use this side and we reap the benefits of living in a world that is built to cater to right-handed people.

You might assume that since humans are right-handed, our preference for the right side of our bodies would filter through to how we wear watches. However, the majority of men wear watches on their left hand. 

So, why do men wear their watches on their left-hand side? There are several reasons for this tradition, ranging from practicality and history, to design and personal preference.

Historical Influence

Before wristwatches were a popular accessory for men, it was women who wore them, as men preferred to use pocket watches. However, the First World War changed this. Wristwatches were more practical on a battlefield which led to soldiers wearing them. Once the war ended, this habit never fell out of style. In fact, it influenced fashion greatly, and all men began to wear wristwatches.

Since military personnel were the epitome of masculinity and strength, they set trends. Soldiers wore wristwatches on their left hand, so other men followed suit and began to wear their timepieces on the same side as them. This historical trend has greatly influenced how men wear watches today.

Practicality

Practical details were the main reason why wristwatches were worn on the left wrists of soldiers in the first place. When in battle, military men had to use their right hands to handle weaponry and weren’t able to constantly move this hand to look at the time. By having the wristwatch on their left-hand side, they could check the time whilst their other hand was full with more important things.

Today, practicality is still the main factor as to why watches are adorned on left hands. Doctors and nurses wear wristwatches on this side as their right hands are often doing important things during surgery or check-ups. 

The Design of A Watch

Since watches have always been worn on the left hand, they have been designed and updated with this fact in mind. Men continue to wear watches on our left hands today because timepieces function better on this side.

The crown of a watch is on the right-hand side of the dial. This integral part of the wristwatch juts out slightly so that we can wind up our mechanical watches. If we wore our watches on our right wrist, this integral piece of metal would interfere with daily tasks such as writing or cooking, as it could bang against hard objects. 

Just like the placement of the crown is a deciding factor, the buckle and clasp of the watch strap also dictate which wrist we wear our watches on. The buckle is designed for people to click it into place easily, using their right hand.

Reduces the Risk of Damage

Since 95% of the world is right-handed, this means that we’re more likely to sustain injuries to our right hands, fingers, and arms than our left. This is simply based on which arm and hand we use more.

If we were to wear our wristwatches on our right hands, it’s highly likely that they’d get more battered, since they’d come into contact with objects more frequently. Watches are expensive pieces of jewelry, that are often made from high-quality glass and metals. So, to incur scrapes and scratches on an object that costs so much could be devastating for some men and a pain to repair. In order to reduce the risk of a damaged watch, men wear them on their left hand as they will be less likely to get ruined.

What About Left-Handed Men?

Although there are numerous reasons why wearing a watch on the left hand is advantageous for right-handed people, it begs the question, ‘what about left-handed individuals?’ Since these people use their left hand to do everything, it seems as though they would incur the same problems by wearing a watch on their left hand, as we righties try to avoid.

Luckily, many watch companies have started to develop watches specifically for left-handed men. This means that they can wear these on their right hands and have the design features placed in a way that makes it easy for them to handle. Although left-handed people can wear normal watches on their right-hand wrists, having a design that is specifically formulated for people who use their left side for everything, makes wearing a watch a lot easier. 

What Hand Do Women’s Watches Go On? 

So, if men’s watches go on the left hand, that means that women’s watches go on the right hand, yes? Actually, no. This is a common misconception, that suggests males and females must have accessories designed in different ways to represent their different genders. 

Women’s watches are made in the same way as men’s, with regard to where they wear them on their bodies. The only differences between men’s and ladies’ watches, is that women’s wristwatches are often smaller and slimmer to suit their daintier wrists.

Personal Preference 

Some men like to be trendsetters and break the rules of fashion. For this reason, there are a handful of men who wear wristwatches on the right-hand side, simply because they prefer how it looks there. There are others who perhaps find placing a watch on the right feels more comfortable and natural, and there are even some individuals who simply like to change up their style. One day they might put the watch on their left side, the next on their right. This might sound strange since it’s clear that watches are supposed to be worn on the left hand. However, if someone is keen to experiment with their look and fancies a style shakeup, it’s perfectly acceptable for them to wear a watch on whichever hand they want to!

October 21, 2020
When Were Wristwatches First Invented?

When Were Wristwatches First Invented?

It’s hard to imagine a world where wristwatches don’t exist. They’ve been an important fashion accessory for centuries, and they are still popular with consumers today. The advancements of timepieces over the last 100 years has seen the introduction of wristwatches that can be used underwater and in space. Now our watches are becoming digital, as new technology brings forth a new age of watchmaking.

However, classic wristwatches will always be desired, as they have been since their introduction in the early 19th century. So, when exactly were wristwatches first invented, and what caused them to become something that we still wear over 200 years later?

The First Wristwatch

By the early 1800s, the technology of clocks had improved greatly, and watchmakers were benefiting from the developments that were being made. In 1810, the horologist Abraham Louis-Breguet made the first self-winding wristwatch for the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat. Murat’s fame brought the timepiece mass public attention, and soon after this, the watch became a must-have accessory for women everywhere.

When Did Men Start Wearing Wristwatches?

Wristwatches were worn exclusively by women for almost 100 years, with men continuing to wear pocket watches until the First World War. US and British soldiers adopted wristwatches at this point, as they were easier to handle during battle.

Soon after the war ended, the market for men’s watches exploded. Suddenly, watches were for everyone, and this led to a revolution within the watch industry. Watchmakers saw an opportunity to market watches as a necessary male item, one that embodied the spirit of strength. Companies mass-produced watches and through clever advertising, managed to convert the image of a military item into a necessary timepiece that civilians should own as well. 

The Advancements of The Wristwatch 

In the latter half of the 20th century, wristwatches went through a series of developments, many of which have affected the watches we use today. The Japanese watchmaker Seiko invented the first quartz movement which saw a battery used in place of a spring. This revolutionized the watch industry, and watchmakers around the world began to experiment with new technology and designs. 

In 1961, the first watch was worn in Space, by a Russian Astronaut. This led to many companies racing to create the next watch that would be worn in Space. Today, we have watches that can withstand the deepest depths of the ocean in order for people to go diving with a timepiece, and some wristwatches can go into space and still work perfectly.

The most radical developments of the wristwatch have definitely occurred in the last decade or so. Now, many brands are creating smartwatches, that can be charged like a phone. These new wristwatches can do so much more than just tell the time, and give an insight into what the future of timepieces will be like.

It’s clear that over the past couple of centuries, wristwatches have transformed in many ways. But, one thing has remained the same and that is the incomparable global popularity of the wristwatch.

September 14, 2020
How To Clean A Watch – Nordgreen Watch Maintenance

How To Clean A Watch – Nordgreen Watch Maintenance

Our closets are full of items that we wear again and again, and so require regular washing in order to stay in good and wearable condition. But there is one accessory that we wear all the time that we can’t simply throw in the washing machine when it needs a clean; our watch.

Watches are integral parts of our daily outfits, yet often they are neglected in terms of maintenance. Think about your own watch for a moment. Maybe you’ve wiped it a couple of times with the bottom of your shirt, or given it a little clean with a tissue. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that watches collect vast amounts of dust and dirt, and need to be cleaned more than just once in a while.

Like any other piece of jewelry, watches should be kept in pristine condition to look their best. We all want our watches to be admired by others and not looked at in shock due to the level of dirt they have acquired.

Luckily, all watches are relatively easy to clean if you know what you’re doing, and Nordgreen timepieces are no different. In fact, our watches are designed in a way that enables cleaning of your watch to be an easy process. Read our cleaning guide in order to keep your watch in the best and cleanest condition.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Dial and Mesh Straps

Watch straps are where most dirt and dust gather on your watch. Depending on the design, and whether there are open crevices between the links of your watch strap, it can be hard to remove a build-up of grime. Stainless steel watches are most affected by dirt, as this can make their appearance look dull.

To properly clean a stainless-steel watch, you can’t simply dunk your watch in a bowl of water. Too much water and sweat can cause the steel substance on your straps to rust, which is definitely something you want to avoid. To effectively clean your Nordgreen mesh straps, follow these steps: 

  1. First, remove the straps from the dial. This will protect the dial from getting any water damage during the cleaning process.
  2. Next, gently wipe down your watch with a dry lint-free cloth to remove any dust. Using a lint-free cloth is preferable otherwise small fabric particles may get caught in the small crevices of the mesh material.
  3. After this, create a cleaning mixture. Use lukewarm water and a cleaning agent like dish soap. It’s important to ensure the water is not too hot, as hot water can damage the metal substance.
  4. Once you’ve prepared the cleaning agent, dip a toothbrush in the mixture and lightly scrub the watch with this.
  5. Clean off any remaining soapy substance and dry your straps with a hairdryer on low heat.

Cleaning a stainless-steel watch face and dial cover is similar to the process above. The dials are made from stainless steel and the watch faces are made from sapphire crystal glass. This is the strongest substance for a watch face, and although it is hard to break, this doesn’t stop it from getting dirty if it isn’t looked after. It’s therefore important to properly clean this glass on a regular basis.

Due to the mechanisms contained in this part of the watch, it is very important to not soak your dial in hot water, as high temperatures can affect the movement and stop it from working. Here’s how you can safely clean your watch’s face:

  1. Create a lukewarm soapy mixture, the same as the one used for your mesh straps. 
  2. Again, take a lint-free, soft cloth and dampen it slightly with the mixture. 
  3. Gently wipe the clock face, and pat it down with a dry, lint-free cloth.

It’s important to use a cloth that doesn’t contain anything that could scratch your watch’s face as marks on glass can be tricky to remove.

Cleaning Leather Straps 

Cleaning leather is a little more difficult than cleaning steel. When leather is around moisture, it can react badly and this is when it begins to crack. Sweat can be problematic for leather straps and too much of it can discolor the strap. For this reason, it’s important to regularly clean your leather strap to keep it in a good condition.

With your Nordgreen leather straps, you should wipe them down with a dry cloth every evening, preferably before going to sleep. This will remove all of the built-up moisture and dirt from the day. For a deeper clean that you can do once every couple of weeks, follow these steps:

  1. First, remove your leather straps from the dial.
  2. Then, wipe the straps down with a dry, soft cloth.
  3. Finally, put a small amount of leather cleaning solution on a dry cloth. Lightly rub the cloth over the leather straps, before wiping off with a clean cloth.

It’s important to purchase a good cleaner for your Nordgreen straps, as they are made from the highest-quality leather. Ensure that you shop around for the best cleaner as cheap solutions can cause discoloration of the strap.

A Professional Clean

Although Nordgreen watches are very easy to clean at home due to their interchangeable straps, it can sometimes be difficult or worrying to try and clean our own watches. We don’t want to cause any damage to these beautifully crafted timepieces. So, if you are unsure of your cleaning abilities and don’t want to run the risk of ruining your watch, take it to a professional watch cleaner. They will know exactly what to do with your watch in order to leave it looking brand new. 

Above all, make sure to give your Nordgreen watch a deep clean at least once a month. The watches are designed to look elegant and a clean exterior will allow the beautiful color tones of your watch to stand out and shine.

September 08, 2020
What is a Miyota Movement?

What is a Miyota Movement?

The title of ‘greatest watchmakers’ is one that is often assigned to the Swiss. They are considered to be the epitome of timepiece engineers and are held in high regard when it comes to designing superior watch movements. However, the Japanese watchmaking industry has been a pioneering and unmatchable force in the advancement of watch calibers, particularly in the last fifty years or so.

Japan has produced some of the finest innovations in watch movement engineering. Seiko invented the quartz movement in 1969, a caliber that has been revolutionary to the watch industry and has paved the way for advancements in movement mechanisms. 

Another notable company that has consistently introduced new engineering in its movements is Miyota. They have been an integral part of the watchmaking business since the late 1950s, steadily providing reliable and new timepiece movements to watchmaking companies. Their movements can be used in both lower and higher-priced watches which makes them one of the biggest movement creators and suppliers.

What Does ‘A Movement’ Mean? 

The word ‘movement’ can cause a bit of confusion to those who aren’t experienced watch fanatics. Essentially a movement, or caliber as it is also known, is the mechanism of the watch which is made up of several parts. It ensures that the watch works and moves the hands on the clock. A good way to understand the function of a movement is to liken it to the heart in the human body. Just as the heart keeps our bodies operational, the movement is the necessary part that keeps a watch in working order. A watch cannot function without a movement.

There are various types of movement in the watchmaking industry, with different companies employing varied techniques to create the most sought-after calibers for watchmakers. 

What does a Miyota movement refer to?

So, what is a Miyota movement? In actual fact, a Miyota movement is best described as an ‘umbrella term’. This is because Miyota manufactures many different calibers, with each possessing unique properties that make it slightly different from other movements. Miyota movements are considered to be some of the best in the industry and for this reason, they are used in the watches of countless brands. 

Miyota’s production line contains mechanical and quartz analog movements, all of which are produced to the highest of standards. Through the use of first-class materials and manufacturing, they are able to produce billions of units of affordable yet reliable calibers every year.

Miyota Mechanical Calibers

To understand the true excellence of a Miyota movement, it’s important to look at each independently. The mechanical Miyota movement is highly revered and uses an automatic caliber that essentially makes it self-winding. Whereas a classic mechanical movement would require the wearer to manually wind the spring by hand, the Miyota movement uses state-of-the-art technology to allow the wearer to use the watch without needing to do any manual turning.

One of the most famous Miyota movements is the Caliber 8200 series. This exquisitely fabricated movement uses a balance wheel that moves fixedly in order to offer precision in the timepiece. Like other Miyota movements, this series famously uses the finest metal materials for the most important mechanical parts. This allows for a gorgeously intricate design. Although it’s unlikely you’ll take your watch apart and look at the inner workings of it, Miyota movements are known to be things of beauty in the watch-making world, and the balance wheel is particularly pleasing to the eye. Fans of mechanical calibers enjoy watching this wheel in action, as it reflects the first-rate design and construction that goes into making this outstanding movement.

However, even within mechanical movements, there are slight variations. For example, around ten years ago, Miyota introduced the Caliber 2009 series, which supplemented the popular 8200 series and introduced some slight variations.

Miyota Quartz Analog Movement

When compared to their mechanical movement, Miyota’s quartz analog movement differs vastly. Like other quartz calibers, it employs a battery and quartz crystal to power the hand progression on the clock. However, like the mechanical movement, Miyota’s quartz caliber is unique from others. All parts of the movement are manufactured to increase the longevity of the timepiece, and this is reflected in the parts that Miyota has developed. 

Among the highly functioning mechanisms that have been developed, there is a Powercell Saving Reset Mechanism which enables battery savings. As well as this there is an Overload Compensation Device which reduces the battery’s usage. These fantastic instruments make Miyota’s quartz analog movement highly desirable, as they ensure that the battery won’t need to be replaced as soon as perhaps in other quartz movement watches.

Not only is it highly functional but the Miyota quartz analog movement is often slimmer than others, due to the choice of materials in the caliber. Miyota uses the finest metals, which can be manipulated into smaller pieces. These are then placed together in intricate designs that create sleeker calibers for slim watches.

The Popularity of Miyota Movements

Miyota movements longstanding popularity is down to the quality that it provides consumers. This high-quality begins at the point of production, with many considering Miyota to have one of the greatest assembly procedures in the world. Due to the fact that the movements are created by advanced and fast-working machines, this ensures that high and consistent standards are constantly met. There is a reduced possibility of human error during production, and all movements are manually checked afterward. This guarantees that each caliber functions properly before placed in a timepiece. 

There is a variety of movements available, yet are all reliable and liked in the industry. When purchasing a watch, it’s important to know which movement it employs. However, if you buy one possessing a Miyota movement, it’s likely to be durable and high-functioning.

September 07, 2020
How To Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel Watches

How To Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel Watches

When we purchase something, it often doesn’t remain in perfect condition for long. The daily routines of life can cause our possessions to get broken and suffer damage, despite our best intentions.

Watches and jewelry are particularly prone to receiving the odd scrape. A slight knock of our watch against a rough surface can be detrimental to its appearance and leave it covered in unsightly scratches.

Although wristwatches are used for telling the time, for some people they are so much more than that. They are carefully designed accessories that garner attention and are made to look stylish and impressive on your arm. So, when a watch incurs an injury, it can be devastating for the owner.

Luckily for those of us who own stainless steel watches, there is an easy way to remove scratches at home. If you’re unfortunate enough to damage your timepiece, make sure to follow these steps below to get your watch looking brand new again. 

Removing Scratches on Straps

Stainless steel is very strong, which makes it the perfect material choice for watches. It can withhold lots of potential bashes, and still function. However, if you’re not careful, your stainless-steel watch could begin to look tired and damaged. 

If you own a stainless-steel watch, then you’ll likely have scratched the strap once or twice. It’s an inevitable fate as a watch owner, but there is something you can do about this. Light scratches on the watch bracelet are easy to remove at home, providing you have the right materials. Here’s a step by step breakdown of what to do:

  1. Make sure you have the right materials. You’ll need a cloth, a specially formulated watch polish, and stainless-steel powder.
  2. First, wipe the watch straps down with the cloth. It’s important you use a lint-free one, as a hard cloth could damage the metal even further.
  3. Mix the stainless steel powder with water, and apply it to a dry lint-free cloth. In circular motions, gently rub the formula onto the light scratches of the strap. 
  4. Once this is done, remove any excess formula.
  5. With a clean cloth, place a tiny amount of polish onto it. Lightly polish the strap, until the scratches aren’t visible. It’s important to not over-polish, as this can be detrimental and make the metal look dull. 
  6. After you’ve finished, remove the polish, and buff the bracelet by giving it a soft rub with the dry cloth. 

If you follow this method, then the scratches on your watch should disappear, leaving your timepiece looking brand new again. 

Removing Scratches on Glass

A watch owner’s worst nightmare is glancing at their watch to discover deep scratches etched onto the face of their timepiece. Watch faces can be made from a variety of different glass, with each one offering varying degrees of strength. Nordgreen watches are made from sapphire crystal glass, surrounded by a stainless-steel case. The use of crystal glass makes the watch face very strong and means that it is unlikely to shatter. Due to its strength, it can withhold most scratches if it comes into contact with a rough surface. 

Scratches and scrapes on crystal can occur, and if this happens, they need to be dealt with in a different way to how stainless-steel strap scratches are repaired. If you scratch your crystal glass face, you can remove the marks at home. However, it is very important that you are careful in doing so, as a faulty removal could create an uneven appearance that ruins the glass surface. Here is a breakdown of how to remove a scratch from your watch’s face:

  1. Clean the surface of your watch’s face before starting, to ensure that the glass is clean and dry.
  2. Then, take a diamond paste and put a small amount of this on a clean cloth. Make sure that you buy a high-quality diamond paste, as these are effective in smoothing out scratches on hard surfaces. When buying a paste, make sure that you purchase one with the right micrometer amount. This factor can drastically affect the results, and if you buy a paste that is too harsh, it won’t work well.
  3. With the cloth, lightly clean the glass. 
  4. Once finished, wipe away the paste and clean again with a damp cloth to make sure no excess substance is left on the watch.

Deep Scratches on Stainless Steel

Despite our best efforts, as watch owners, our timepieces can get deep scratches that no amount of DIY cleaning at home can fix. If you get a deep scratch on any part of your stainless-steel watch, then it is important to take it to a professional watchmaker. They can advise on whether they can repair it, or if a replacement of materials is in order.

How Can I Avoid Getting Scratches on My Watch?

Removing scratches can be tricky, so the best way to avoid them appearing on your timepiece is to be careful and aware of what you’re doing when wearing it. Make sure that you don’t wear your timepiece during exercise, especially during a contact sport or whilst using heavy gym equipment, as this will heighten the risk of knocking it on something. Equally, make sure you remove your wristwatch if you are doing anything very physical at home, such as repairing broken furniture or moving heavy items. 

If you have more than one watch, you could alternate between wearing one or the other, deciding which one to wear based on the activities you do that day. If you have an expensive watch that is particularly important to you, it’s best to avoiding adorning this one if you plan to do something that could result in your wristwatch getting knocked.

Scratches are inevitable, and if they appear, they are likely to be small and removable. As long as you check your watch often, and try to be careful when possible, you can wear your watch without constantly having to worry about scratching it.  

September 03, 2020
How does a Quartz Watch work?

How does a Quartz Watch work?

The quartz watch first appeared in 1969 when it was created by Japanese manufacturer, Seiko. It was a revolutionary piece at the time, due to its use of quartz crystal and a battery which created electrically powered vibrations. The quartz model was originally an expensive accessory but through the years it has become more affordable. It’s highly popular amongst consumers due to its unique movement which offers accurate timekeeping and requires little maintenance on the part of the owner. Although the quartz watch may not be considered as highly crafted as a mechanical watch, it has always been an appealing model in the eyes of customers.

August 17, 2020

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