Category Archives: Watches

‘Old Cranks’ Make History Come Alive at the American Clock & Watch Museum

Heading to New England any time soon? Love clocks, or just looking for something a little off the beaten path to do that is quite different? We suggest you visit the self-described "Old Cranks" at the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Conn. The museum offers an Old Cranks tour with one of four volunteers who visit the museum on a regular basis to wind approximately 60 to 70 of the historic clocks on display. As the "Old Cranks" work their way through the museum’s eight galleries, visitors can watch the volunteers wind different kinds of timepieces, and hear the fascinating stories about the history of the clocks and of the watch industry in America. The Old Cranks even discuss what makes a ... [Read More]

49 Brands Donate Unique Timepieces for ‘Only Watch’ Charity Auction

In November, the seventh annual "Only Watch" auction will take place in Geneva with 49 luxury watch brands (thus far) donating a one-off watch for the charity auction. Only Watch is organized by the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and the auction is led by Christie’s auction house. Proceeds go to the fight for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For the first time, in addition to individual participating brands, there are also some partnerships and even a watch school donation from WOSTEP. Some brands are even kicking in special events or brand ambassador meetings to up the ante on the bidding. Some of the watch brands we carry are donating timepieces, as you can see on this ... [Read More]

Gangster Al Capone’s Diamond-and-Platinum Watch Sells at Auction for $84,375

We say it time and again, a good watch holds its value — not just for a few years, but easily for a century or longer. Recent auctions are a prime example. One auction that was held by Boston-based RR Auction witnessed the sale of items owned by notorious gangster Al Capone. A diamond-studded, unusually shaped pocket watch that had belonged to Prohibition-era mob boss sold for an impressive $84,375. The timepiece was a triangular platinum-cased watch with cushioned corners. It was made by Illinois Watch Company and the bezel was set with 72 diamonds. The case back reveals the movement within and has the initials AC engraved on it. The watch was sold with its original 12-inch watch chain made in ... [Read More]

Don’t Miss the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in NYC

In what may be one of the largest-ever Patek Philippe exhibitions, and most likely the largest-ever watch brand presentation in New York, Patek Philippe brings 450 historic, legendary and current-day timepieces to the forefront. Beginning July 13 and running until July 23, the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is free and open to the public. For this amazing showcase of time and innovation, Patek Philippe has taken over the entire space of Cipriani 42nd Street — and has even built a second floor in the historic space. The brand has divided the space into 10 different rooms to showcase its innovation, its watchmaking prowess and its watches. From a theater room and a U.S. historic room ... [Read More]

Independence Day Inspired Us to Show Off Timepieces in Red, White or Blue

After celebrating the 4th of July – Independence Day — which honors America’s hard-won independence from Great Britain, and our adoption of the Declaration of Independence — with dazzling fireworks and sumptuous picnics we were inspired to show off some beautiful timepieces in red, white or blue. These colors are beautiful on watches and can be worn throughout the year. In fact, blue is one of the hottest colors trending this season for watches, especially for men. For women, red is proving to be a popular color, especially in straps. Red is also a great sports-watch color. White is simply timeless. This is a great time to show off your patriotic spirit, so stop in and our superb staff will help you ... [Read More]

Watch Lovers, Have You Considered a Career in Watchmaking?

If you are a watch lover, you may want to consider switching professions. A career in watchmaking can have a hefty payoff. While watchmaking as a profession may sound a bit boring, at first, it actually is quite the contrary. Watchmakers have to be patient and disciplined, yes. But they also have to be creative and curious. To be a master watchmaker, one needs to think outside the box and envision the future of this 500-year-old profession. The number of professional watchmakers has dwindled over the past decades, especially in America. The upside is that skilled watchmakers are now in high demand. Most watchmaking schools offer comprehensive courses developed with one of two guiding programs ... [Read More]

What You Need to Know About Magnetism and Your Mechanical Watch

If you own a mechanical watch, you need to be aware that magnetism can affect its accuracy. Mobile phones, microwaves and certain electrical instruments can have an effect on the accuracy of a mechanical timepiece, depending on the proximity and duration of exposure. Additionally, certain medical testing equipment can have an adverse effect, which is why patients are often advised to leave their watch at home or in a locker during testing. Of course, there are watches on the market that are designed to be anti-magnetic. Essentially, an anti-magnetic watch can run with minimal deviation in time tracking when exposed to magnetic fields. The International Organization for Standardization has issued a ... [Read More]

Are You Sure the Watch on Your Wrist Is Ready to Take the Plunge?

Tomorrow marks the first day of summer, and with it comes a host of wonderful outdoor activities — most of which involve water. Before you dive in, make sure the watch on your wrist is ready to take the plunge with you. Even though a watch may say it is water resistant, it may not be resistant enough — plain and simple. In order for a watch to be classified as water resistant — and to rate the depth to which it can be submerged — it has to undergo rigorous pressure tests. If your watch doesn't say water resistant, it isn't. If the watch you are wearing says it is water resistant, it will typically have the depth to which it can be worn. It's important to note that watch brands use a number of ... [Read More]

Watch Battery Charity Program – June – Habitat for Humanity

Did you know that if you need a simple watch battery replacement, there is never a charge for this service at Reis-Nichols Jewelers? Instead, we just ask for a small donation, of which 100% of all funds collected go to benefit charities. Most of the charitable organizations we contribute to are right here in Indiana. The month of June's charitable donations will be given to the Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope in order to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity unites our community with people in need to provide the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own simple, ... [Read More]

The Season of Dads and Grads Is Here

The season of Dads and Grads has arrived and both of these events present perfect opportunities to give the gift of time — in the form of a wristwatch, of course. Even better, we have watches to suit all budgets and all types of fathers and graduates. Not only are watches a constant reminder to the wearer that you took the time and effort to find the right gift, but also they will think of you each time they glance at their wrist. Additionally, some watches have casebacks that are perfect for engraving a special, heartfelt message. Maybe the college graduate in your life would like a sporty watch, or has an eye on something a little more dressy, but still casual enough to be worn to work? ... [Read More]