What distinction can you make between a formal watch (Cartier, Vacheron) and a casual watch (Seiko, Rolex)? The distinction between models (not brands – brands have very different  models in their lineup) is quite subtle, if you ask me. And I have  seen quite a lot of watch models and collections. So, what happened is […]

How did the inventor of the first watch know what time it was? While this question might sound silly, it isn’t – big time (and the wordplay is intended). The long path towards establishing a universal time system is long and convoluted, and starts from the beginning of history. The first clocks were invented around […]

How was the crown invented? What does it hide? The watch crown, which is a common sight nowadays, is a somewhat recent addition to the watches arsenal. Prior to its invention in 1842, watches used a key, as most clocks already did: after all, watches are just small, portable clocks. To wind them or regulate […]

Why is it so hard to take off the back of a watch? The answer is to keep the movement away from casual people tinkering with it. And I mean YOU. A mechanical watch is a sort of carefully balanced little mechanism which can be swayed by the presence of a minuscole blog of dirt. […]

The Watchonomicon is the blog of The Watch Manual. It features all the elements that have made the TWM such a great resource for its readers: easy-to-read articles, interesting questions stemming from the constant interaction of the readers, and the same down-to-earth tone that is used through the TWM series of books to explain and entertain without sounding dull or pedantic (or at the very least trying NOT to).

This is not your average watch blog: watch blogs generally present new watches, sometimes because they have an interest into presenting them that goes a lil bit further than the interest of their readers. Nothing wrong here – we all have to pay our electrical bills. But we try to do something different here. We would like to let our readers explore the universe of watches and understand why this model is better than that model, not just showing them both.

And also, to understand what you can do with an old watch. How to entertain and service it, or refurbish and maybe, resell it for a fair value. Or how to wear it to the best. Exactly as our line of books do. So, if you like watches, and you would like to understand watches a bit more, and not just to take a look at them, well – this is the place to be.

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