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Behind the Name: European Watches and Their Significant Names

Posted by Craig Hester on Jan 31st 2019

Behind the Name: European Watches and Their Significant Names
Taking a little time from watch designing and thinking about our next watch project, I was reading about the origin of the band name Toad the Wet Sprocket. That's an interesting enough story in and of itself.  Turns out it came from a 1970s Monty Python skit, where Eric Idle was trying to come up with a name so ridiculous, nobody would ever really think it could be a real band. Boy, was …
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Why Does My Russian Movement Watch's Second Hand Stutter Sometimes

Posted by Craig Hester on Jan 3rd 2019

Why Does My Russian Movement Watch's Second Hand Stutter Sometimes
Why does the second hand on my Vostok-Europe with the Vostok automatic movement sometimes stutter?If this is your first Vostok-Europe watch with the Russian movement from Vostok, or even your 15th, you may have noticed that the second hand can stutter sometimes. This can be particularly noticeable from the 10 position before the hour until the hand passes 10 after the hour and starts moving "downw …
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What Exactly is an Automatic Watch?

Posted by Craig Hester on Aug 30th 2018

What Exactly is an Automatic Watch?
Every watch collector undoubtedly has an "automatic" or "self-winding" watch in their collection. There may be some purists out there that only want a manual wind watch, but that would have to be a very small percentage of the watch buying public.When it comes to the watches we carry on R2Awatches.com, we actually still sell manual watches. But the lion's share are automatic. You hear these w …
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