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What Does MagSafe Charging Mean for Mechanical Watch Lovers?

When Apple announced MagSafe charging for the new iPhone 12 to most of the world it sounded like an innovative and exciting way to charge your phone wirelessly, but for watch lovers and watchmakers it sounds like a new way to magnetize watches.  How MagSafe Charging Works MagSafe charging uses an array of magnets embedded in the phone to help MagSafe chargers align with the charging coil for the most efficient charging. Both the phone and charger (along with a whole line of accessories like cases and wallets) have magnets in them. Built into the system is a shield to protect the phone...

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"The Cincinnatian" Our Own Luxury Steam Train

Cincinnati, We Had Our Own Train! ...and Now we have our own watch! The most luxurious train that ever embarked out of the Union Terminal train station was "The Cincinnatian", a luxurious steam train speedster that made the Cincinnati to Washington DC trip in 12 hours in 1948! Amazing Luxury for its Day in 1948  The Cincinnatian reinvented luxury train travel for its day boasting: Air Conditioned Passenger Train Cars Restrooms in Every Passenger Car Reclining Seats  Great Food Amazing lounge areas - back when you could smoke in a train car! Things we take...

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An introduction to Quartz Watches from Our Watchmaker

Let me introduce myself since this is my first blog post. My name is Jordan Ficklin and I’m the new watchmaker here at the Cincinnati Watch Company. I have been working with watches for 20 years and I love it! Now, unlike many watchmakers I am a big fan of quartz watches and with the launch of our first quartz watch here at Cincinnati Watch Company I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick introduction to quartz. Form over FunctionAll 3 watches in the Time Hill collection feature quartz movements. This was a decision we made based on form over function. We wanted the time hill...

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Hear our In-House Watchmaker Discuss Escapements!

We joined the Whiskey & Watches Podcast guys for the 3rd time! Listen to new Co-Owner and In-House Watchmaker Jordan Ficklin discuss his experience as a watchmaker, talk escapements, and the future of our brand. (With a bit of joking and fun mixed in) Episode 33. Listen here for free on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/589UZVxOspmiON8MhrRHkb?si=BrG9V3NpSriuopaNK8m57g (Also available on Apple podcasts or your podcaster of choice)

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Watch Assembly in Cincinnati, Ohio. USA

Big change for the Cincinnati Watch Company! Hello Cincinnati Watch Company family. We do consider you all to be a member of the family! Your support has helped us create this dream, and provide funds to worthy American non-profit institutions. We have looked forward to the day we could evolve. To “In-house” the design, QC and assembly was a long-standing goal from the start, and we knew it would separate us from many other American owned watch brands who outsource every aspect of the watches they produce. Being in more control of our own destiny and quality has been top of mind for us. ...

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Cincinnati Museum Center COVID Relief Fund

The recent renovation of the Union Terminal ensured that the art deco centerpiece of Cincinnati will stand for another 100 years. But the COVID virus threat has had a major impact on ticket sales and the livelihood of the people that work at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Union Terminal COVID Relief Fund helps the Cincinnati Museum Center fund their operating budget while ticket sales are reduced and the Terminal has been closed. Please consider making a donation to the operating budget of the Cincinnati Museum Center during COVID. Donate $50 or more to the Cincinnati Museum Center at the...

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The First Programmable Computer: Automaton Jaquet Droz

Humans are amazing, and amazing humans seem to be connected to the realm of all capable thought and ideas. Pierre Jaquet Droz Pierre Jaquet Droz proved he is one of those connected humans when he invented the first programmable computer, and possibly the first AI robot when he built The Writer, an automaton, around 1760. Pierre Jaquet Droz is one of the most fascinating horologists in the history of watchmaking. His creative flair matched an inventive engineering talent proved in his inventions, watches, and music boxes. Who invented the computer? Jaquet Droz in Switzerland around 1760....

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United States Playing Card Company Clock & Tower

The Cincinnati Watch Company has a great affinity for the former United States Playing Card Company factory in Norwood, this is where the Gruen Watch Company leased space for their own movement making machines from 1948 and possibly until 1957, with certainty from between 1948 - 1950. Gruen had to get special permission from the Swiss government to be allowed to produce Gruen's own mechanical watch movements. Time Hill did not have the factory floor space the machining tools needed so leasing space inside of the old United States Playing Card Company factory in Norwood was a great solution. ...

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Swiss Sellita SW215-1 Manual Winding Movement

The Precision Movement in Our "P-40M Mechanical" Pilot Watch. Swiss Sellita SW215-1 Manual Winding Movement Sellita (Swiss) SW215-1 Manual Winding Movement. Because: pilots, conductors, streetcars, subway drivers... Have To Be On Time; seconds count to a bomber, minutes count on runways, accurate departure and arrival times are essential at airports and stations everywhere. The Precision Pilot Watch Movement The phrase "Be On The Ball!" was coined because of the Ball Watch Company. This American watch company was so accurate that seemingly all conductors trusted their pocket watches and...

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Tri-State Warbird Museum Gala 2019

The Cincinnati Watch Company is always humbled & Grateful to be in the presence of the living organizations we partner with, like the Tri-State Warbird Museum. We are shown in amazing fashion that the enormous importance of these institutions is made by the money, sweat, and time of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of real people's lives. Tri-State Warbird Museum is one of these magnanimous organizations! By restoring we remember. By remembering, we never do it again. There are amazing people; individuals, families, businesses, and organizations behind the Tri-State Warbird...

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