In today’s world, there are a variety of watch brands that span a wide spectrum, each with its own interesting origin stories and creators. As a trusted watch repair and service company, we’ve had the opportunity to dive deep into the intricate workings and rich histories of some of the most esteemed watch brands. 

If you’re curious about watches, join us on a journey through time and craftsmanship. Discover interesting facts about some of the prestigious watches we’ve had the pleasure of servicing, including, but not limited to, Rolex, Citizen, Tag Heuer, Seiko and Movado. Read on to learn more. 

1. Fun Facts About Rolex: Precision and Prestige

Rolex was founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London. The iconic Rolex crown logo that you see today wasn’t introduced until 1925. Rolex is also known for its innovations, including the first waterproof wristwatch, the Rolex Oyster, introduced in 1926. Additionally, the Rolex Submariner, introduced in 1953, was the first watch to be water-resistant up to 100 meters, catering to the growing popularity of recreational diving.

Today, Rolex watches are designed for individuals who appreciate timeless elegance, precision engineering and the status that comes with owning a  timepiece.

2. Fun Facts About Citizen: Japanese Mastery

Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. was initially known as the Shokosha Watch Research Institute, and later adopted the name Citizen in 1930. It was founded by both Japanese and Swiss investors. Since then, Citizen has grown to become one of the world’s largest watchmakers, renowned for its innovation and precision in watchmaking technology.

Citizen is most widely renowned for its pioneering Eco-Drive technology, introduced in 1976, which converts any light into energy to power watches. Today, Eco-Drive technology continues to lead the  watch marketplace as a beacon of innovation.Additionally, Citizen developed the Satellite Wave GPS series utilizing satellite signals to ensure precise timekeeping anywhere in the world, regardless of location.

To this day, Citizen watches cater to those who value innovative technology, eco-friendly features and reliable performance in their everyday timepieces.

3. Fun Facts About Tag Heuer: Racing Heritage

Tag Heuer was founded in 1860 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland by Edouard Heuer under the name “Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG.” Over the years, Tag Heuer has become synonymous with  and precision in watchmaking, especially known for its connections to sports timing and racing chronographs.

Tag Heuer has deep roots in motorsports, having been the first Swiss watchmaker to sponsor Formula 1 teams in the 1970s. The brand’s Monaco model claim to fame was when it was worn by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film Le Mans. Tag Heuer also developed the Tag Heuer Carrera, named after the famous Carrera Panamericana road race, and is celebrated for its accuracy and sporty design since its launch in 1963.

Today, Tag Heuer watches are designed for individuals who seek a blend of cutting-edge technology, sporty elegance and a strong connection to motorsports heritage.

4. Fun Facts About Seiko: Innovation and Diversity

Seiko was established in 1881 in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan. Founded by Kintaro Hattori, Seiko began as a watch and jewelry shop named “K. Hattori & Co.” It later evolved into the Seiko Corporation, a global powerhouse known for its innovation, precision and diverse range of timepieces, from quartz watches to high-end mechanical models.

Seiko introduced the world’s first quartz watch, the Seiko Astron, in 1969, revolutionizing the watch industry with accurate timekeeping. The brand is also known for its Spring Drive technology, combining mechanical and quartz precision. Seiko’s Grand Seiko line represents the pinnacle of Japanese watchmaking, emphasizing precision, durability, and elegance since its debut in 1960.

Presently, Seiko watches cater to individuals who appreciate a harmonious blend of traditional craftsmanship, advanced innovative technology and exceptional value in their timepieces.

5. Fun Facts About Movado: Modern Artistry

Movado was founded in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Founded by Achille Ditesheim, the company originally operated under the name “LAI Ditesheim & Freres SA.” Movado is celebrated for its modern design aesthetic and minimalist approach. 

Movado is known for its minimalist Museum Watch, designed in 1947 by artist Nathan George Horwitt, featuring a single dot at 12 o’clock symbolizing the sun at high noon.

Additionally, Movado created the Movado Bold collection in 2010, modernizing the brand’s minimalist aesthetic with bold colors and distinctive designs, appealing to a younger audience.

Today, Movado watches are created for those who value modern design, minimalist aesthetics and sophisticated elegance in their timepieces.

Finishing Up

Watch brands have a rich history spanning over decades. The heritage, innovation and craftsmanship that define these brands make exploring and reading about them truly fascinating.

Whether you own a Rolex, Citizen, Tag Heuer, Seiko, Movado or any other watch brand, we understand how much you treasure your timepieces. Trust us with their care and maintenance. In addition to repairing the watch brands mentioned in this blog post, we also offer a variety of  watch repair services for all brands of watches. Our expert team is here and dedicated to ensure your watch keeps perfect time for generations to come.


  1. Where to find watch repair services near me?

    If you require a simple watch repair such as a watch band replacement or new batteries, find a Hudson’s Bay watch repair location near you here, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate watch repairs, please contact us directly.

  2. How long do watch repair services take? 
  3. The watch repair service timing depends on the complexity of the task. The more parts it requires, the more time it’ll take. Generally, we quote a turnaround time of 2-4 weeks, but more intricate services may require 4-6 weeks or more. 

    At our Hudson’s Bay store locations, simple watch repairs such as battery replacements and link removals are completed while you wait. Discover the exact timing for these watch repairs at the store locations. If you have a watch currently being repaired, you can track the status here.

With spring in full swing and summer approaching, we’re entering the season full of milestone events from graduations and weddings to anniversaries and birthdays. Every milestone event deserves to be accompanied by sparkling watches and radiant jewellery, but ensuring they shine their brightest requires more than just a quick polish.

In our latest blog, we delve into the art of caring for your cherished timepieces and accessories to ensure they dazzle alongside you and your loved ones during the most significant occasions. From cleaning tips to maintenance advice, we’ve got you covered on how to keep your watches and jewellery looking their absolute best.

Read on to learn how to care for your jewellery and watches for milestones events and ensure your treasures shine as brightly as your memories.

Clean Your Watch and Jewellery Before Milestone Events

For your special milestone events, it’s essential to ensure that your watches and jewellery are in pristine condition. Before each occasion and after every wear, take a moment to delicately clean your watch with a soft, lint-free cloth.

For jewellery cleaning, try using the Diamond Dazzle Stik or soft polishing cloths. This simple yet crucial step effectively eliminates accumulated dirt, oils, and sweat that could diminish their brilliance over time.

Regular cleaning not only preserves their appearance, but also safeguards against potential damage caused by buildup. If cleaning isn’t viable in your schedule, consider entrusting your pieces to a professional watch and jewellery repair service for a thorough maintenance. Remember to submit your pieces in advance and allow plenty of time for the cleaning and repair before the event.

Keep Your Watch and Jewellery Away From Chemicals Before and During Milestone Events

During the lead-up to your milestone events and throughout their duration, it’s crucial to exercise caution with your accessories. Avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals like perfume, hairspray, and cosmetics, as these substances can cause damage to both metals and gemstones.

Chemicals found in everyday products can tarnish metals, degrade finishes, and even cause discoloration or erosion of gemstones over time. Keep your accessories safely away from these chemicals and you’ll preserve their beauty and ensure they continue to sparkle for all your special occasions.

Store Your Watch and Jewellery After and Before Milestone Events

Proper storage of your watches and jewellery is key both before and after your milestone events to safeguard the integrity of your pieces. When your jewellery or watch is not on your fingers, wrist or neck, ensure they’re housed in a clean, dry environment.

Opt for separate compartments or pouches to prevent pieces from scratching against one another or becoming entangled. By taking this simple precaution, you can preserve the pristine condition of your cherished accessories, ensuring they’re ready to dazzle at each milestone moment and beyond.

Be Mindful of Activities During Milestone Events

As you prepare for your milestone event, it’s essential to be mindful of the activities planned and select your accessories accordingly. Take into account the nature of the event and the activities you’ll be participating in.

Avoid wearing delicate pieces for any strenuous activities or in environments such as near water where they may be susceptible to damage. Opt for sturdier, more durable pieces for outdoor gatherings or energetic active celebration activities.

Inspect Your Watch and Jewellery Before Milestone Events

Don’t overlook the importance of regularly inspecting your watch and jewellery. Before each milestone event, carefully examine your watch and jewellery for any signs of wear and tear, such as loose screws or scratched crystals.

When needed, entrust your watch to the expertise of a professional watchmaker for servicing. Additionally, have your jewellery periodically checked by a jeweller to ensure that settings are secure and stones remain intact.

Remember to plan ahead and submit your pieces for repair or maintenance in advance of any upcoming events to ensure they’re in optimal condition to shine alongside you during those important milestone moments.

Finishing Up

As you prepare for your upcoming milestone events, ensuring your watch and jewellery are in pristine condition adds an extra layer of elegance and significance to these special moments.

By following these care tips above, from regular cleaning and proper storage to mindful selection and careful inspection, you can guarantee that your treasured accessories will shine bright during those special milestone moments.


1. Where can I have my watch or jewellery inspected, cleaned or repaired?

If you require a professional inspection of your watch and jewellery or for simple repairs and cleaning, visit our Hudson’s Bay locations, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate watch and jewellery repairs, please contact us directly.

2. How far in advance should I submit my pieces?

The time frame for service depends on the complexity of the task. The more parts the piece requires, the more time it’ll take. Generally, we quote a turnaround time of 2-4 weeks as a rule of thumb. More intricate services may require 4-6 weeks +.

At our Hudson’s Bay locations, services such watch battery replacements and link removals are typically completed while you wait. For jewellery cleaning, please inquire at the location, but typically cleaning services involve submitting pieces to the Main Workshop for cleaning in an ultrasonic machine and for steaming.

Passed down and inherited pieces of jewelry occupy a special place in our hearts. Not only are they a beloved keepsakes, but they represent the carrying on of an important tradition, something that will one day be passed down to someone you cherish.

But as special as these jewelry pieces are, they often come damaged, worn, or in need of repair. Jewelry restoration services in Vancouver can help you take something old and make it look new again, while preserving all the history and memories that make the piece unique.

Make Old Pieces Shine Again

One thing that most inherited pieces of jewelry have in common is years of accumulated dirt and grime, dulling the metal and leaving precious stones with much to be desired. The first step in restoring jewelry is a very thorough, professional cleaning. This isn’t the type of routine maintenance that you can do yourself, but rather a detailed clean, buffing out of scratches and imperfections, and inspection of the item, looking for any flaws that could result in damage. What remains at the end is a piece that looks as fresh as the day it was made.

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Repair Damage

Once a piece has been cleaned, a jeweler will be able to more clearly assess the item. Functional jewelry repairs relate to the ability to actually use or wear a piece. Ring shanks, clasps, and watches often fall victim to wear that renders them unusable.  But careful jewelry restoration can breathe life back into even the most neglected pieces; most times you will not even be able to tell exactly where the repairs have been made.

Other times, a jewelry piece may still be wearable, but is at risk of being broken or lost due to unseen damage. Loose settings and bent prongs are examples of the most commonly affected areas, and since they often hold precious stones, they can result in devastating loss. Thankfully, these types of repairs are easily made by skilled restoration professionals. Even if a precious gem or stone has gone missing, replacement stones can be sourced to match what would have been there.

Problems that can be Repaired Include

  • Shanks:

We tend to greet the world hands first, so it’s no surprise that even high quality metals can become worn and potentially break. This problem can be remedied with some skillful soldering and additional metal if needed. The same process can even be used to re-size a ring that is too big or too small.

  • Prong Re-tipping and Loose Stones:

These little “fingers” are what keep your precious gemstones in place; if they are broken or damaged you risk losing the stone.

  • Chains and Clasps:

Broken pieces or missing links, your jeweller can restore either with precisely matched replacements.

  • Watches with Broken Crowns or other Mechanical Issues:

There is a lot that goes into making a mechanical watch tick; fortunately it the right hands almost any problem can be fixed.

Also Read: Jewelry Restoration Services are Not Just For Antiques

Redesigning Inherited Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry restoration, some people are primarily concerned with preserving the exact look of the piece; others, however, prefer to take something old and refashion it into something entirely new. This can mean repurposing an earning that is missing its match into a pendant, while maintaining its original appearance, or using components of a piece and transforming it into something entirely new, like taking the stones from a ring and using them to create a custom piece.

When it comes to restoring antique or period jewellery, the process can be a little more complex than with a traditional jewelry repair. However, the payoff is a unique piece with special significance that can be worn and appreciated, not left forgotten in the back of a jewelry box. To find a jewelry repair near me, visit our locations.

Watches are personal; they are a reflection of an individual’s personality, much like the clothes we wear and the car we drive. However, watches are also an excelletnt way to commemorate a special occasion or to gift to someone important, as they will last a lifetime. Unlike a sweater that will eventually be forgotten in the back of a closet, a good quality watch can be worn for years, and even passed down to future generations.

With so many options and so much on the line, how to you choose the right watch to gift to someone else?

Choose the Type of Watch Movement and set a Budget

The type of watch movement you are looking for and your budget will be two of the most important factors to consider, as your budget will affect the types of watches you will be looking at and vice versa. There are 4 principal types of watches and several categories within each branch:

  • Mechanical
  • Automatic
  • Quartz
  • Smart Watches

Mechanical and automatic watches offer timeless, classic design intended to last for decades. These investment timepieces do not require batteries, as movement (automatic) or winding (mechanical) keep them ticking, but they will require occasional watch movement service. Watches in this category typically start at about $1,000 for an entry level piece and can quickly go up to the tens of thousands and more.

Quartz watches are a very popular option. Battery powered and comparatively affordable measured against the other options, they come in many styles from many different brands, including popular fashion names and designer watch makers. While they don’t typically require much in the way of watch movement service, the batteries will need to be replaced every 2 or 3 years.

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Smart watches are also battery powered, in this case rechargeable, and offer sleek, modern design combined with a plethora of additional functionalities, based on type and brand.

Consider the Person’s Tastes

Presumably, if you are purchasing a gift as extravagant as a new wristwatch, you know the person well. Personal preference will influence the type of timepieces you are looking at. Consider the person’s style and the kinds of accessories that they tend to wear. Some people lean toward classic, unobtrusive pieces, expressed by clean lines and understated elegance. These individuals would likely prefer simple functionality with basic details.

Other people may prefer a showier aesthetic, complete with intricate detail and standout features.

Consider How the Watch Will Be Worn

Are you buying a statement piece for someone who works daily in an office and enjoys luxury items, or are you purchasing a timepiece for someone who spends lots of time outdoors and is looking for rugged functionality? The use of the watch should factor into your decision.

In general, there are 6 types of watch style, although some categories may overlap and there are several sub categories within each:

  • Dress watch
  • Dive watch
  • Pilot watch
  • Chronograph watch
  • Military watch
  • Sport watch

Choose a watch based on intended wear and functionality, then refine your options to suit the style of the wearer. For example, a dive watch will include many practical features and solid design, but are available in a variety of styles that could appeal to a wide range of wearers.

Think About Size

The size of a watch is one of the most overlooked watch features, and we are not talking only about the watch band. Watches come in several standard diameters, ranging from 34mm all the way up to 46mm, and thicknesses from 5mm to 15mm. Bigger, thicker watches would best suit larger wrists, or someone who prefers a masculine, oversized look, where thinner, smaller diameter watches would be more appropriate for smaller wrists, or someone who desires a more classic look.

While the options may seem overwhelming at first, taking a moment to consider these factors will significantly reduce the field of options and help you find the perfect watch to gift to someone special. You could consider repairing a family heirloom watch or a cherished watch that was broken for someone special as a gift. To find a watch repair near me, please visit our locations.

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