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My name is Borys and here we create watches with valuable and historic movements that have been preserved, restored and placed in newly designed cases. My watches are singular works of art. Each is original and a one of a kind, a piece of artwork that is also a little time machine formed of metal, glass, and leather.

 

Correct servicing, saving and everyday using of vintage watches

All vintage and antiquarian old watches which you bought from me at the eBay auction (http://stores.ebay.com/wandolec) or on the website www.wandolec.com demand extremely care and special leaving.

That your vintage watch was always in working condition, behind them appropriate leaving is necessary. The movement of an old watch it is necessary to clean, oils and control its technical condition regularly. It is the best of all to entrust it to professional watchmakers with experience of the working with antique watches.

We provide the guarantee and after warranty repair and service of the watch bought from us: oils, cleaning, adjustment of the accuracy of the time. You will be able always to contact us through our website www.wandolec.com.

The majority of the guarantee service centers can only replace details on new, and for old antique watches, it is almost impossible to pick up 100% a suitable detail.

All my vintage and antique watches are mechanical. Any repair rather expensive as in the case of breakage of a certain detail it will be required the manual production of a similar part or a long-term selection and a installing of a similar detail into the movement (unlike most late modern model watches).

We will give to you several advice how independently to look after a vintage mechanical watch, to prolong the term of their using, to save money on repair and to observe precautionary measures in the using.

 

Prevention

Antique mechanical watch demands a regular check, cleaning, oils and adjustment of the accuracy of the time.

The regularity of preventive maintenance depends on a condition of the vintage old movement, quality of service for it and conditions of daily use.

Everyone three - four years antique watch have to pass preventive repair.

It is regularly necessary to replace lubricants in a watch movement and not to allow oils deterioration. Will be able to help with it to you our professional watchmakers who will provide full preventive maintenance. You will be able always to contact us via our website www.wandolec.com.

These preventive measures will significantly slow down natural wear of original antiquarian details and will keep your watch in working order.

One of the first signs that your watch need prevention is deterioration in accuracy of the course and reduction of the duration of the course of the watch (less than 24 hours) during one full plant of a mainspring.

 

Winding of watch and setting of time

After you received your watch which bought from us on the eBay auction (http://stores.ebay.com/wandolec) or on the website www.wandolec.com it is necessary that the watch lay down at a normal temperature as during flight it was affected by low temperatures.

High altitude flights can be hard on watches due to extreme temperature changes. This can cause the oil viscosity to decrease (gum up) and prevent a watch from ticking (the balance moving freely etc.). It may need to be oiled when it arrives regardless of its recent servicing.

To provide the correct functioning of a vintage and antique mechanical watch with old movement, it is recommended to get completely them once in a day, it is desirable at the same time (for example in the morning). To make in addition two or three turnover addition in the evening. For the night to set clock the dial up on any plain surface. On all watches bought from me at the eBay auction (http://stores.ebay.com/wandolec) or on the website www.wandolec.com the guaranteed 24 course of hours from the moment of full winding of a mainspring.

For start of an antique movement, it is necessary to wind watch manually before to put them on a wrist. A winder key - one of the most vulnerable elements which can break because of uneven pressure. You can wind your watch and set the time via usual way, via the crown. You need to pull out the crown and change the time. For winding the watch only clockwise.

Be careful, over winding any mechanical watch tight can lead to a rupture of the mainspring. Wheels from old metal which are involved in the winding of the movement can break. If you can avoid it do not wind the watch hard. Be careful and gentle when adjusting the movement speed (faster or slower). Do not make sharp movements, and do not touch other components in the movement especially the pendulum mechanism.

When winding the crown, you must stop once you feel resistance.

Adjusting the hands move them in a clockwise direction only. But if you need to adjust counter-clockwise, make it for small adjustments only (i.e. for minutes, not hours) and very soft.

Counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement.

The exception is antique watches when counter-clockwise adjustments are required. Or when the user must use a fingernail to change the time.

This type is often called a 'Nail-Set' or 'Pin-Set' watch. This is a variation on the lever-set movement.

In this case, you do not pull the crown out to set the time. Instead, you press the little button near the crown in and then move the crown to set the hands, releasing the button once you’re finished. It’s easy, so do not worry about getting the hang of it! These moments are always specified in the description by my vintage watches on the eBay auction (http://stores.ebay.com/wandolec) or on my website: www.wandolec.com

 

Cleaning of watch

For independent cleaning of glass and the case of your vintage watch it is possible to use soft or suede fabric, and for remote corners - a toothpick. The tree will not do harm to metal.

Having removed the watch, remove from their surface traces of moisture and sweat by means of suede fabric.

It is necessary to look after the case and glass the suede or a soft napkin which is not leaving fibers.

 

Storage of watch

To provide the correct functioning of a vintage and antique mechanical watch with old movement, it is recommended to get completely them once in a day, it is desirable at the same time (for example in the morning). To make in addition two or three turnover addition in the evening. For the night to set clock the dial up on any plain surface. On all watches bought from me at the eBay auction (http://stores.ebay.com/wandolec) or on the website www.wandolec.com the guaranteed 24 course of hours from the moment of full winding of a mainspring.

The exception makes eight-day watch. For example, watches from Hebdomas Watch Company.

Not recommended very often (three-four and more times a day) to wind antique and vintage old watch. The mainspring of watch renders big load of other parts of the movement. If the mainspring is constantly winded to a maximum, these loadings can be excessive, wear of many old antique metal parts of the movement will amplify and watch will fail.

Not recommended to the wind very seldom watch (for example one or two times in a year).

Having been left without the movement in the old mechanism greasing will manage to thicken and be polymerized. It will perhaps lead your vintage watch to loss of accuracy of the time or even to a full stop of the movement.

Even if you do not use your watch, wind them at least once in a week, it is necessary in order that greasing was evenly distributed on all details, but did not get thick that leads to distortion of the accuracy of working with the movement.

Avoid hit of alcohol, some creams and other alcohol-containing substances including being a part of perfumery, on a surface of acrylic glasses and the watch case. It can cause glass turbidity. And on the case emergence of spots and deleting of gilding or other covering.

In antique and vintage old watches with a calendar where it is provided installation of date it is not necessary to determine date and time in an interval between 21:00 and for 3:00 hours at all (the pinions and wheels providing automatic change of a calendar start moving at this particular time) - it can lead to damage of the calendar device, and depending on its design and still some parts of the movement.

Humidity of air indoors where watch are stored has to be no more than 60%;

Optimum conditions of keeping of vintage watch at a temperature of 22 - 24 degrees Celsius.

It is not necessary to subject your vintage old watch to influence to too high and low temperatures.

Also, you should not wear the watch in a sauna. Sharp change of temperature and excessive humidity and dryness can have an adverse effect on their working capacity.

Sources of heat should not be near that place where you keep your antique watch.

If to leave a mechanical watch on the sun it will lead to premature drying of greasing. Also, in old times, paints for a list of dials were used generally natural, burning out in the sun. Long-term influence of sunshine can spoil the appearance of the dial of your old watch.

Preserve vintage watch against dust and dirt. In case the watch movement is in a dirty state - hours should not go long. Avoid repeated winding before full removal of dirt and prevention in the center of service because with dust and the stiffened oil in stones axes will be scratched and grind off.

The majority of types of coverings of dials do not take out fat and hostile environment never touches the dial.

Fabric materials (clothes) from rigid wool possesses abrasive properties. As the result, in half, a year using of the watch will begin to disappear gilding, and on the case, attritions will appear. For restoration initial the condition of the case will be required removal of the previous covering, polishing of the case and repeated putting gilding, silvering or chromium plating of the case. It is very difficult and expensive.

Do not expect from your antiquarian or vintage old watch of high precision - the error 2-3 minutes per day is already a good result, and within one minute - ideal.

 

Protection against blows

Vintage and antique watches should not be beaten and dropped. In most cases, the balance will be broken. You can scratch or damage them.

In the antique watch, it is not recommended to be engaged in active kind of sports and other kinds of activity which can lead to blows or concussions of the old antiquarian movement.

Long vibration harms to watch not less, than the strong blow.

If the top glass broke, the watch should be removed and put the dial down to a full stop. To put the dial-up - if the lower glass broke. Small splinters can get into the movement of the watch and can lead to its stop. Larger splinters can get between shooters and the dial and to strongly spoil both the dial and watch hands.

Replace the beaten or burst glass immediately as the crack thickness even in a hair will allow getting a heat and moisture to the mechanism that will be reflected in operability of vintage watch.

To avoid scratches, try not to wear on one wrist at the same time watch and jewelry.

 

Influence of magnetic fields

Strong magnetic fields, can negatively affect for your vintage watch: to considerably worsen stability and accuracy of the course of the watch or even to lead to a movement stop.

Therefore it is not recommended to hold watch near sources of magnetic fields: monitors, refrigerators, microwave ovens, bags with locks magnets, TVs, acoustic columns and other electrical household appliances. Many household appliances have rather strong electromagnetic radiation which can be enough to magnetize hours.

Influence of magnetic fields will not do to the mechanism long or irreversible harm. In most cases, it is enough to degauss watch to return them to a condition of normal functioning.

 

Water resisting of watch

Hit of water on the watch case is inadmissible.

Vintage and antique old timepieces are generally not water resistance. This is because water resisting was not in general production until the middle of the 20th century for most timepieces. Therefore you should protect your old vintage watch from exposure to moisture.

In the case, when the vintage movement was subject to moisture influence - it is necessary to open all covers, to dry up the hair dryer and to carry your vintage watch in a watch repair shop because the rust can kill the movement of your antique watch.

If you noticed glass fogging (under glass condensate was formed) it is necessary to address to the service center as soon as possible.

Will be able to help with it to you our professional watchmakers who will provide full preventive maintenance. You will be able always to contact us via our website www.wandolec.com.

Replace the beaten or burst glass immediately as the crack thickness even in a hair will allow getting a heat and moisture to the movement that will be reflected in operability of watch.

In the case in your vintage watch, salty water got it is necessary to carry immediately your vintage watch in the service center for prevention.The salts which got on metal accelerate corrosion.

 

Guarantee

100% satisfaction guarantee for all of my watches which you bought from me at the eBay auction (http://stores.ebay.com/wandolec) or on the website www.wandolec.com

If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch you can just mail it back to me to be corrected and mailed back all repairing at my expense or for a refund without any problems anytime within 60 days after the watch has been sold.

After 60 days you can mail it back to me to be corrected all repairing at your expense.

My goal is to exceed my client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

I and my team stand behind our products, if for any reason you'll receive your product damaged or in non-functioning condition, please contact us immediately via email, we'll gladly assist you in any way we can.

Your satisfaction is important to me!

 

Feature by Dick Ruzzin

Studio Wandolec is unique on the Internet.  There, INSPIRATION is present and visible in every NOBLE DESIGN WATCH that is created by the artisans, engineers and craftsmen that work there daily.  The root of creativity is found in INSPIRATION.  The following words give some insight into what has driven civilization forward through time all across this small planet as we try daily to improve our lives.
Your NOBLE DESIGN WATCH is unique and special, a little time machine that makes your life a little bit better every day.

WHEN YOU NEED HELP

When calling on Inspiration in art and design we do not think of death.  How does  it relate to creativity?  Are all humans inspired in some way?  Should we  seek inspiration, should we seek to always be inspired?  Take a deep breath, inspire, think for a moment, expire, clear your head and decide what you will do next.
Sometimes inspiration, used in a different context, is confused with dedication.  Dedication is an admirable human attribute, but the fuel for inspiration is everywhere, like the air around us.  It is the breath of life.  People learn how to use it and it can be an important part of the creative process.  All people can be inspired and can inspire others, as all people are creative.
Inspiration is not hard to find, it is in nature and in the works of man, in all things on earth and in the heavens, it has been an advancement tool for the human condition throughout the ages.  We simply have to breath deeply, relax and open our minds to see and accept it.

    
                                                  We will be inspired.

Feature by Dick Ruzzin
 
William L. Mitchell was a great car designer, the Vice President of Design for General Motors in America.  He is credited with many famous sayings, one of them was that "Love starts with a look".  This profound statement does not apply only to cars, but to everything that we are attracted to in life.
 
Here at the Wandolec Art Studio in Kiev we know what those words mean. For the successful sale of each of our Noble Design Watches is dependant on the aesthetics of the newly created case that will attract that "Look".  After the "Look" comes the wonderful revelation that a movement from an iconic brand has been meticulously restored and is housed within it, resulting in a historic and beautiful little time machine.
 
The combination of an iconic movement and the aesthetic "Look" results in a Noble Design Watch.  A one of a kind  that is unique and special.   
 
See them on my website, wandolec.com, and find the one that has the look that you will love.
 

CREATIVITY, ART AND DESIGN, #1 / BY: DICK RUZZIN, DESIGNER AND AUTHOR.

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I have often heard people say, “I am not creative”. NOT TRUE!

All of us, every single person, is creative. People just do not focus on it. Creativity is part of the human character, expressed in many ways and it is how we have been able to advance as a civilization. Some people intuitively become very good at being creative and that leads them to careers influenced by the arts. Fine art, music, design, writing, fashion and all of the professions and hobbies strongly influenced by art are rooted in creativity.

When first discovering creativity by accident people then enjoy the special feeling it gives them.

 

 All Antique watches are mechanical. Many repairs will not be cheap, as most likely they will require replacement of non-standard parts (unlike most late model watches).

- Antique watches should not be beaten or dropped - because repairs may be expensive.

- Antique watches are generally NOT waterproof. This is because waterproofing was not in general production until the middle of the 20th century for most watches. Therefore you should protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.

About a hundred years ago the pocket watches were replaced by the wrist watches. By this time many different Watch Factories and their know-how started to disappear.

The quality of the pocket watches of this period is conclusive until today. At this time the watchmaker's tradition was at its zenith in over than 500 years of the history of watchmaking since the era of Leonardo da Vinci.