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The No BS Watchmaking Show

Straight-shooting, short, and fun insider info on watches, watchmaking, and the watch industry. Visit @nobswatchmaker on Instagram and Facebook

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Interview with Henry Ly from Watchmaking Project NYC

Today we talk about a bunch of stuff and answer questions live from the Instagram audience. I had a shit ton of fun recording this and I think you guys will enjoy the honest and straight shooting answers that Henry provided.

54mins

18 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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How the Industry Hires Watchmakers

If you ever wondered how the industry hires watchmakers, you’re in for a treat. This episode is also for those of you who are watchmaking students and aspiring watchmakers. Hopefully this sheds some light on the industry’s hiring aspects.LINKS:If you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel, here’s the latest episode:Want to see a YouTube Breakdown of a Rolex Datejust with an Aftermarket Crystal? https://youtu.be/7XOyDdqw_lo Instagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

14mins

31 May 2018

Rank #2

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How to Get into Watchmaking

Today I’m answering questions from you guys! Jane had a question about how to get into watchmaking. I go into the two different ways to get into watchmaking. Traditional schooling (WOSTEP, SAWTA, AWCI) and apprenticeships where you seek out another watchmaker! I go into the pros and cons of both. ————————Show notes: Visit: https://nobswatchmaker.com/blog/how-to-get-into-watchmaking —————Opening • Two ways to get into Watchmaking • Relocating and What’s the most preferred degree from college • Expenses • Pros cons of schooling and apprenticeship • Closing statements

20mins

6 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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Fundamental Oiling Principles

Fundamentals in Watchmaking start with Oiling. In today’s episode, I go over some fundamental key principles that you’ll need as a watchmaker or aspiring watchmaker. I kept it short, simple, direct, and to the point. Visit: https://nobswatchmaker.com/blog/art-of-oiling-in-watchmaking Art of Oiling is Nothing Short of Perfect • Going over the oiling Principles • No steadfast Rule • 1. Oil inside the Jewel • 2. Keep oil containers clean • 3. Keep lids closed • 4. Swab oil on the edge of the cup • 5. Consistent Renewal of Oils • 6. Use Solvent H • 7. Check Expiration Date • 8. Your oiler should not be a crutch • 9. Use a Technical Guide • 10. Use your Best Judgement • 11. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast • 12. Dont depend on Rodico • Closing

12mins

4 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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Want to Clean Your Watches At Home? MUST LISTEN!

Want to clean your watches at home? This is a MUST listen to episode. I go over the reasons why you would probably want the local AD/watchmaker to clean your watches compared to cleaning it at home. I also go over what to do if you absolutely need to clean your watches at home. Barring that nothing is wrong with the watch i.e. watch is still water resistant, you should be fine. Again, listen to the episode! It’s a must listen to if you ever thought about how to clean your bracelets at home.LINKS:If you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel, here’s the latest episode:Want to see a YouTube Breakdown of a Rolex Datejust with an Aftermarket Crystal? https://youtu.be/7XOyDdqw_lo Instagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

11mins

5 Jun 2018

Rank #5

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Which Watch Brand is Best?

Such a common question I get by customers. As a watchmaker, my answer is simple. You’ll definitely love today’s podcast episode. It’s important to align yourself with whichever brand suits your closest narrative. If you liked what you listened to, you’ll definitely LOVE the book: 100+ No BS Watch Tips for Watch Enthusiasts and Salespeople: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/book-lp You can also check out more at: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/ or my Instagram at: http://instagram.com/nobswatchmaker SHOW NOTES: Opening • What Watch is best for me? • Scenarios • How brand alignment affects buying • Closing

14mins

24 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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Realities of Self-taught Watchmaking

Ah the highly debated topic of learning watchmaking from school versus being self-taught. I dip my toes just a little bit into this subject today. I hope you like it! LINKS:P.S.Have you checked out my new Watchmaking course? The No BS Watchmaking Crash Course: https://nobswatchmaker.com/courses/watchmaking101YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLvRULrCMz2yD6ctFmXKPAInstagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

11mins

25 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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What Waterproof Really Means

A customer came in with her Rolex watch with water inside! I explain what waterproof really means and why Rolex is one of the only companies that are allowed to use waterproof. I go over why services are recommended in intervals to avoid any issues with water resistance! Visit: https://instagram.com/p/BdkV7qMjzV8/ to see the watch in question! Waterproof & What It Really Means • Closing statements

6mins

5 Jan 2018

Rank #8

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Watch Estimates 101

I’m getting real customer centric today. Watch estimates are one of the biggest things I get questions about. If you ever wondered what any of the jargon on a watch estimate meant, wonder no more. I decided to go over what all of that shit means. I’m sure you’ll love this fire episode. SHOW NOTES:https://nobswatchmaker.com/blog/how-to-read-a-watch-estimate-understand-what-it-meansOpening • It’s confusing • Job number • Job, reference, and serial number • Movement number • Mandatory service • Options, Customer requests • Why did I receive an estimate • My watch is fine- there’s no dings or dents! • Why we don’t just regulate • How long does a complete service take • Why watches cost so much for service • Closing

42mins

27 Jan 2018

Rank #9

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Watch Service Intervals 101

Let this be a quick definitive guide to service interval questions like: “how often should I service my watch?” and “when should I leave it?” “My watch is running fine, do I need to get it serviced?”I go over when you should, why you shouldn’t for more modern watches, why you should for vintage and in-house movements! You’ll love this episode guys.LINKS:P.S.Have you checked out my new Watchmaking course? The No BS Watchmaking Crash Course: https://nobswatchmaker.com/courses/watchmaking101YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLvRULrCMz2yD6ctFmXKPAInstagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

17mins

31 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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How I Handle Fake Watches

Fake watches are getting better and better! A good deal of you guys have sent me messages about how I deal with fake watches, how I break it to the customer, and how brands are able to keep and destroy them! Those are al great questions and so I felt like it deserved an episode! LINKS:P.S.Have you checked out my new Watchmaking course? The No BS Watchmaking Crash Course: https://nobswatchmaker.com/courses/watchmaking101YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLvRULrCMz2yD6ctFmXKPAInstagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

13mins

15 Aug 2018

Rank #11

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STORYTIME: Fake Rolex from Mom

This was heartbreaking. A customer came in with a Rolex from her mom (who passed away). It was the only thing she left behind for her. Turns out it was a fake. I tell you what I did in this unique circumstance. Check out the Instagram post and video on the fake: https://instagram.com/p/BeVkYGJjXQg/ I go over some other fake watches and stories in my book: 100+ No BS Watch Tips for Watch Enthusiasts and Salespeople: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/book-lp You can also check out more at: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/ or my Instagram at: http://instagram.com/nobswatchmaker SHOW NOTES: Opening • Disclaimer: Don’t work on Fakes! • The story • The exception • Closing

11mins

25 Jan 2018

Rank #12

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Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Watch Polished

Is your watch scratched up? Here’s why you should and shouldn’t get your watch polished. The watch industry won’t tell you this but I will! I go over approximately how many times a watch (Rolex for example) should get refinished. Why you shouldn’t get it polished too much and what to expect when you do get your watch polished! Also, Team Anchor has reached out to me and mentioned that they want to include the podcast in future ads they’ll be running. Completely stoked to be in the running for that!LINKS:If you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel, here’s the latest episode:Want to see a YouTube Breakdown of a Vintage Tudor Oyster Prince watch? https://youtu.be/RAUMJDEx_MU Instagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

13mins

17 May 2018

Rank #13

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Are you a Do-It-Yourself Watch person? MUST LISTEN!

Are you starting to work on your own watches? This episode is a MUST LISTEN. In today’s episode, I go over several disclaimers I have to people who like to work on their own watches. I also go over the bare basic necessities you’ll need to work on watches. I also get into my serious concerns for you guys. If you like watchmaking or you want to get into watchmaking, this episode is a MUST.LINKS:If you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel, here’s the latest episode:Want to see a YouTube Breakdown of a Rolex Datejust with an Aftermarket Crystal? https://youtu.be/7XOyDdqw_lo Instagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

15mins

23 May 2018

Rank #14

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Should You Get Your Vintage Watch Serviced?

I go over when you probably should and when you probably shouldn’t get a vintage watch serviced. I also go into what you should expect if you were to get a vintage watch fixed! If you’re a huge vintage watch guy/gal, you’ll definitely love this episode.LINKS:Want to see a YouTube Breakdown of a Vintage Tudor Oyster Prince watch? https://youtu.be/RAUMJDEx_MU Instagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

12mins

14 May 2018

Rank #15

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You Need to Educate Yourself!

Today I go over two common issues that have always been a pet peeve! We’re living in 2018 people. We shouldn’t have these issues at all! It all starts with the Salespeople. But as a Customer, you should have no one else to blame but yourself. Keep yourself educated and knowledgeable. You guys will love this episode. If you liked what you listened to, you’ll definitely LOVE the book: 100+ No BS Watch Tips for Watch Enthusiasts and Salespeople: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/book-lp You can also check out more at: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/ or my Instagram at: http://instagram.com/nobswatchmaker SHOW NOTES: Opening • Common Issues start with Salespeople • Automatic Watches are not “Self-Winding” • Disclaimer on seeking information • Closing

11mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #16

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Do You need a Watch Winder?

One of the questions I get asked a lot is “Do I Need a Watch Winder?” and I also address the myth of having to keep your watch “active”. If you’ve been curious about whether or not you should put your watch on a watch Winder, you’ll love this episode.LINKS:Instagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.comSHOWNOTES:Opening • Do I need to wind my watch if I’m not wearing it? Do I need a watch winder? • Rebuttals

9mins

14 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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How to Identify a Stripped Crown/Crown Tube

How can you identify if a watch has a stripped crown/crown tube? Easy! Listen to today’s podcast as I go over how you can quickly and simply identify if a watch has a stripped crown/crown tube. I also go over the 2 common ways how something like that MIGHT occur. LINKS:Have you listened to my YouTube video on the Power of Investigation? You’ll love it! Check it out here: https://youtu.be/Evnq0mpj91s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLvRULrCMz2yD6ctFmXKPAInstagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmaker.com

16mins

16 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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Swatch Group Quits Baselworld

For many of you that follow me, you know that I’m often vocal about the way today’s watch industry markets its products. Well, just about an hour ago, swatch group announced that they will not be participating in Baselworld next year. This means that a good section of the fair will now be empty (unless someone fills it up). CEO Nick Hayek even said that in today’s environment of fast pace and transparency, they don’t see it useful. It’s only a matter of time before some of the industry giants really dive deep into social media and embraces the new form of marketing and brand awareness. Baselworld is overpriced anyway. ❗️What’re your thoughts on this?!LINKS:P.S.Have you checked out my new Watchmaking course? The No BS Watchmaking Crash Course: https://nobswatchmaker.com/courses/watchmaking101YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLvRULrCMz2yD6ctFmXKPAInstagram: https://instagram.com/nobswatchmakerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nobswatchmakerWebsite: www.nobswatchmak

5mins

29 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Robin Hood of Watchmaking

I get hate messages all the time. Guess from who the most? Watchmakers. I go over why I receive some of the hate that I get and explain the industry in a little bit more light Check out the Instagram post: https://instagram.com/p/BekwRePjF_I/ If you liked what you listened to, you’ll definitely LOVE the book: 100+ No BS Watch Tips for Watch Enthusiasts and Salespeople: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/book-lp You can also check out more at: http://www.nobswatchmaker.com/ or my Instagram at: http://instagram.com/nobswatchmaker SHOW NOTES: Opening • Secret industry • The Meat • Closing

10mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #20