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.

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.