20 Nov A Quick Look At… Timemachine.fi & Bergeon
A week or two ago I got talking with Jari Ahmet, who runs Timemachine, a fellow blog and retailer of watches and other related merchandise. The site offers quite the variety of items at some good prices, so I thought I’d give the site a shout out in this, the second edition of “A Quick Look At!”
Jari’s love of watches started when he was in his early teens, when his dad bought him an automatic dive watch. Years later Jari bought himself an Orient, and ever since then his passion for horology has just kept growing, and he’s developed a keen interest in vintage pieces.
In April 2017 Jari launched Timemachine.fi, as a side-business to his day job. Timemachine has quite a varied range items, stocking Seiko SKX’s, CT Scuderia, and Neckmarine watches. It also stocks a variety of straps, watch boxes, and tools. The Timemachine blog has new posts every 1-2 weeks, and covers a range of topics from review of the Seiko SKX’s, to top watch blogs, to celebs who’re into watches. There’s plenty of choice and it’s always good to hear what other collectors think of particular watches and topics.
Jari was also kind enough to send me a Bergeon spring bar tool, which he sells on the site, to look at and review. Bergeon are of course, a very well-known brand of Swiss horological tools. Founded in 1791 at La Chaux-de-Fonds, the company produces probably the finest watchmaking tools in the world. Alongside the spring bar tool, Jari stocks a range of other Bergeon products, from screwdrivers, to dial protectors, to a full quick service tool set.
If you compare the Bergeon spring bar tool against a cheap equivalent you’ll see an immediate difference in quality. It’s easily twice the weight, as the main handle is stainless steel (not aluminium), and the knurling across its length provides better grip than the cheap alternative. The heads at each end are better made too, being stronger and much better machined.
Overall the Bergeon tool just feels so much nicer, a true tool rather than a cheap gizmo off eBay.
Of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the Bergeon tool is a joy to use. Whilst the forked end of a cheaper spring bar tool will struggle to get a good grip down the opening left by a steel bracelet, the Swiss tool manages with ease. My Christopher Ward Trident, which is notorious for being tricky to change its bracelet, had its straps swapped with ease.
Jari offers the Bergeon on timemachine.fi for £22.09 (inc. VAT), which might seem like a lot for a tool as simple as this, but the old axiom that “you get what you pay for” applies here. Having had a go with Bergeon’s spring bar tool, there is no doubt in my mind it’s easier to change straps with it, than with my cheap knock-off version. And if your still in doubt, then look at it this way – the easier it is to change the strap, the less likely you are to scratch the lugs of your beloved pieces!
It’s also worth looking up the Timemachine blog and flicking through a few articles as there are some interesting pieces on there that are worth a read.