The Backstory

Priming a wax chuck for use on the lathe

Priming a wax chuck for use on the lathe

Origins:

My name is Nick. When I was a teenager I inherited a family heirloom from my great grandfather; an Omega Constellation from 1955. A gorgeous watch that ran, but was missing its crown and stem.

It was a small little treasure that remained hidden away for many years. One day, I stumbled upon it again, deciding I needed a new hobby I charged myself with repairing it.

Hours upon hours of research and poring over schematics, repair guides, and vintage Omega parts I consumed all I could on how I'd go about repairing my old family heirloom. As I read more and more, learned more about the practice of horology, I realized one thing.... This was going to be a bit harder than I thought. So I bought some old broken Seiko movements and watches to practice on.

Orion & Watchmaking School
Orion is more than a watch line, part of its intention was to help fund the expenses of watchmaking school, which is a full time undertaking. It's the first step in my personal mission to bring more horology back into the United States. I've devoted myself to learning as much as I can about this seemingly clandestine art form. They aren't just watches for the sake of watches, they're watches that invest in the industry of horology.

I began my SAWTA watchmaking school in September 2016. It's a full time program that's two years long. The day is 7:30 - 4:30, though since I have moved my personal work tools to my school bench, I often find myself staying later to work on personal projects and Orion.

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Modifying Seiko

I then repeated the process for Seiko movements. Learning as much as I could about techniques and looking over technical plans. Somewhere along the way I found a cool little online community of people who modified Seiko watches. Their widespread use of standardized parts allowed third parties to manufacture parts that could reliably fit in literally hundreds of different Seiko watches.

This was where my hobby developed. I showed off some of my creations on a few watch websites and they were received with lots of praise. People asking to buy them, other people encourage me to build more.

And build more I did. It got to the point where I quit my job and was assembling and putting together watches all day. I began making some of my own parts as well as getting the help of others. This became Watches by Nick.

There were a couple next steps, to have my own watches and parts manufactured and learn more about horology.