FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
GRENADE SWISS QUARTZ
AIRCRAFT GAUGE AUTOMATIC
TRENCH SWISS QUARTZ
WHAT IS A VINTAGE AUTOMATIC WATCH?
It Is a mechanical watch that has a movement made of many intricate mechanical gears and parts that work together to measure time. It runs without any batteries and is powered by a coiled Spring inside the mechanism which must be wound manually by turning the watch crown or Automatically as a result of natural motion of the wearer’s arm. Unlike a quartz movement which functions electronically. Another cool feature about mechanical watches is the Distinctive sweeping-ticking second hand that is very aesthetically pleasing to watch. Mechanical watches evolved in europe in the 17th century from spring powered clocks. They are typically not as accurate as modern quartz watches. Since the 1970s, quartz watches have taken over most of the watch market, and mechanical watches are now mostly a high-end product, purchased for aesthetic reasons and appreciation of their fine craftsmanship, or as a status symbol.
WHY WOULD I BUY A VINTAGE AUTOMATIC WATCH?
Strikinly similar to collecting a vintage airplane or automobile. Vintage watches are rich in character, history and craftsmanship but can also be temperamental. The more you use and care for your machine, the more you will appreciate the quirks and overall history of your timepiece. There is no such thing as perfect accuracy when it comes to vintage mechanical watch movements.
TELL ME ABOUT MY VINTAGE AUTOMATIC WATCH?
The kingsley movement is a mechanical automatic with a manual winding mechanism. It has 21 jewels with a 24 hr power reserve. The movement is made of ww2 vintage inspired mechanical parts that have been reclaimed from old watch parts that the designer has collected from antique stores and vintage watch finds. They have been restored and customized to have the character and feel of a ww2 vintage piece. Since this is a very Unorthodox way of making a watch we want to clearly specify that we must define our movement as ww2 vintage inspired because there is no way to authenticate an exact age of each movement since these parts have been reclaimed from antique store finds and customized with unique kingsley markings to fit with the inspiration of the designer.
WHY DID MY VINTAGE AUTOMATIC STOP WHEN I WAS WEARING IT?
Improper hand winding when first using your watch can cause the watch to run out of power reserve. Insufficient wrist motion or wearing for less than 8 hrs per day.
WHAT IS THE CLICK SOUND ON MY VINTAGE AUTOMATIC WHEN IM SETTING THE TIME?
That is normal. That click sound is a date function mechanism in the movement before it was reclaimed into the new design. This sound may be noticed in 24 hour intervals if your watch does not have a Date function.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT MY TYPE 3 TRENCH WATCH?
The fascinating trench watch came into use by the military during WW1 because pocket watches were not practical for combat. This watch was a transitional design between a wrist watch. The Kingsley 1930 “Cali-Master” was on a leather bomber jacket strap. Inspired by the extended crown and round case of a pocket watch. Featuring a raised green edge crystal surface similar to that of a vintage military green glass canteen.