***When it comes to watchmaker lathes and manual turning, my skills could be best described as at novice level. I am more familiar with 'large' clockmaker-size work and tool making, something you do on a Myford ML7 size lathe.
today I was looking at carbide and tungsten gravers blanks, suitable for
hand engraving of fine pivots. The seller was located in the US and the
price was right - but what really dampened my enthusiasm was a line above
the tool description: "If you need instructions on how to use it then it is
not for you".
statement like this is both arrogant and obnoxious. Mastering hand
engraving is a life-time journey and any piece of information that would
come with a new tool would be more than welcome. Lathe work is like playing
a guitar; each player has their own technique, of which some are better
When it comes to the precision, speed,
accuracy and repeatability of turning then every detail, no matter how
unimportant it could be, could make the difference between a good job and a
fantastic job. If a seller is unwilling to share their knowledge then I
really don't want to do any business with them.
The same applies to our customers. The watches we sell - both new
and preowned – do require some level of 'introduction' to the new
owner. While I have handled tens of thousands of watches in my lifetime, I
am often surprised with a function or a detail I haven't noticed before.
Just couple weeks ago, a buyer of an Omega Moonwatch asked me if the 1861
Calibre was fitted with a hack function. I really couldn't remember -
despite disassembling that very same calibre hundreds of times.
Asking questions should be encouraged, and inquisitiveness should
be rewarded, not ridiculed.
Unfortunately the way we teach - from
kindergarten to postgraduate studies - is by flooding the students with
knowledge expecting them to absorb it without providing any feedback in
return. No wonder kids hate school, teachers are frustrated and customers