The Importance of a Good Watch in the Digital World

The world today is full of different technologies to tell the time, from your smartphone to your car to your computer, we’re never far away from knowing what the time is. With all this going on, and the rise on smartwatches, you’d think that traditional watches were less relevant than ever. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Here are some reasons why a good watch is so important, and an essential for everyone: Read more

A Healthy Watch is a Happy Watch

Whether you’re on holiday, out on a business lunch or just travelling for work, there’s nothing worse than your watch failing you; after all, with the battery life of smartphones, you can’t always guarantee you’ll be able to check the time throughout the day. For catching a plane, knowing when you need to get back to the office or how long until the conference starts, a watch is the perfect, reliable accessory. Most of the time.

Looking after your watch will help it to take care of you. Whether it’s Tag Heuer replacement parts you need or even a full watch repair, these tips will ensure your watch keeps good time for you for longer. Read more

7 Of the World’s Most Famous Clocks

Before clocks, sundials were used to show the time through the positioning of a shadow on a flat surface, but clocks as we know them have now been around for a while now. Throughout their time, some of them have become incredibly famous throughout the world and some has become huge tourist attractions as well. Here are some of the world’s most famous clocks:

Big Ben – London

Officially called Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. It was completed in 1858, with the tower holding the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world; the Big Ben is also the third tallest free-standing clock tower. This is the most famous landmark in London, England, and one of the most famous monuments in Europe.

Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia

From 1901 until 1908, the Philadelphia City Hall held the title of the tallest building in the world, with its height of 548 ft (167 metres). This famous tower has four clocks, one on each side, with each clock being 26 ft (8 metres) in diameter. Read more

Spotlight On: Engraving

Engraving services are popular within the jewellery market, and have been for generations. Engraving is an ancient art form. It was practiced thousands of years ago when our ancestors carved images into cave walls and hundreds of thousands of years ago when shells were finely chiselled in Indonesia.

Today, metal objects are some of the more popular for engraving, and the most popular are pieces of jewellery.

Why Engrave Jewellery?

For some, jewellery can be the perfect gift, whether it be from a loved one or a friend, it is always a thoughtful, elegant, and long-lasting gift that one can cherish and enjoy for a lifetime. Engraving a piece of jewellery creates a significantly more personal touch. Read more

The Oldest Working Clock And Watch In The World

Watches have been around for many centuries, with a large variation of different designs and brands. Have you ever thought about how old the oldest watch is? Same can be said about clocks. Before their invention, a sundial was used to show the time, by displaying the position of a shadow on a flat surface. How old is the oldest working clock in the world?


World’s Oldest Clock

The Salisbury Cathedral clock is considered to be the oldest working clock in the world. It was built around 1386 after being commissioned by Bishop Erghum. The clock doesn’t have a dial, as its purpose was to strike a bell every hour, not to virtually display the time. If the time was 4pm, the clock would strike four times, and so on. Read more

What Happens When You Have Your Watch Serviced?

Watches can hold a great deal of sentimental and financial value for many people. We understand that it can be hard to part with your watch if it needs to be repaired. This means that having your watch serviced is a good idea if you want to avoid repairs that can cost you time and money. So, you may be wondering what will happen when you hand over your watch to us to be serviced.


Watch Servicing and Repair

We take a number of steps when you bring your watch to us to be serviced – these include: Read more

Top 10 Most Iconic Watches Of All Time

Watches can hold a sentimental value for some, whilst for others, they are simply a valuable asset to own. We have previously talked about the most expensive watches in the world, but price is not always what makes them the most unique. Throughout the years, watches have been formed into many different styles and designs. But what are the most iconic watches of all time?

Whether they have been worn by style icons on the silver screen, or bestowed with a stunning design, these watches stand out for good reason. Let’s have a look at the top 10 most iconic watches of all time.


Of all the Rolex’s iconic watches, the is arguably the prestigious brands finest. Inspired by the famous American race of the same name, the was launched in 1963, and with its stylish design, it became a worldwide sensation. Screen icon Paul Newman adopted this watch. Read more

Most Commonly Needed Jewellery Repairs

Having previously talked about the most common watch repairs we see on a daily basis, we are now turning our attention to the most commonly needed jewellery repairs. We see a lot of these issues, so our years of knowledge and expertise really come out to play when it comes to fixing your beloved pieces of .

We can repair these and more, so take a look at what we can do for you if you choose Martins of Glasgow: Read more

Alternatives to Engagement Rings

An engagement is a day you will never forget. Romantic, memorable and breath-taking in all the right ways. As such, you want to be sure that you get one of the most important aspects of the day correct: the ring.


However, what do you buy for a woman that, for some reason or another, does not like wearing rings? It can be a delicate issue to confront, as the ring is such a hallowed aspect of the tradition of engagement. Yet there are options that you can find which match the sacred tradition of the engagement ring, without actually being a ring. As the symbolism behind the gift, whether a ring, earrings, necklace or other, is still the same.

So, what pieces of jewellery can you use to mark the day in lieu of – or alongside – the typical engagement ring?


One of the first options for an alternative engagement ring that you have is that of earrings. This choice can add an extra sparkle to the day, giving your love a memorable engagement gift that will look stunning both on a regular day and the eventual wedding day. Read more

Most Commonly Needed Watch Repairs

There are many things that can happen to your piece that may mean you need to seek repairs, whether it’s an expensive watch or not. In such a case, seeking trained professionals such as those at Martins of Glasgow is integral for keeping your watch in perfect working order.


So, what are some common watch repair issues and how can they be solved?

Movement Issues

Issues with the movement are the major reason that people find themselves having to find a watch repair service. Dirt and irritants can build up inside the movements, which can have a major impact on the fine balance of the technology inside the movement. Any amount of dirt can cause major performance issues if lodged between the parts, believe it or not.

As such, you should regularly service your watch at regular intervals in order to avoid these issues. This should be done to clean the movement completely and all seals need to be replaced in the same session in order to protect the movement from irritants. Read more