Summary Information

The Book-icon in the menu bar shows the collective reality of your collection by displaying the summary information of your collection. The summary effectively reveals how much your watch enthusiast hobby has cost and useful averages.

In our example, tapping the Summary button shows the collection has 25 watches and 19 sold watches (you can choose to hide sold watches in Settings). The collection has a total cost of 6,9K€. The watches sold has a total cost of 18,1K€ and the profit was around 17,7K€. Effectively, the Summary shows the overall outcome of watch collecting was around -346€.

If you want to compare a certain watch against all watches in the collection, you can tap the small “K” button. In our example, you can see that 4% of watches in our collection are from the brand Oris. The diameter of the Big Crown Pointer Date is 40mm while the average diameter of all watches in the collection is 38.1mm, and so on.

In the previous screenshot, if we tap “Keeper Rate” (what the small “K” on the main page stands for) we will get a calculated “Keeper Rate” for our watch of interest. The closer to 100% the more likely this watch is a keeper.

If the History Log is enabled in Settings, then the calculated Keeper Rate will also be added to the end of the history log. The Keeper Rate is likely changing over time, as watches in the collection change and watches are worn more than others.


Exporting a CSV File

Exporting a CSV (comma separated value) file of your collection could not be easier. Navigate to the Settings tab of the app, scroll to the bottom and you will see and “Export CSV” button. Tap the button and follow the prompts to select where to export the file. As an example, you can save it to your iCloud drive, send in an email, and so on. The generated CSV file can then be examined with popular spreadsheet programs such as Excel or Google Sheets.

Another useful way of browsing your CSV file and watch data is with Watchee Browser and Watchee Browser Pro, created by Brian @ WatchComplications. Watchee Browser allows you to view your watch collection in full-screen on your computer.

If you are interested in seeing your collection nicely formatted on your computer, then I highly suggest you check out Watchee Browser. I also suggest you visit WatchComplications for cool content for watch enthusiasts!

Tutorials Uncategorized

Watch Status

A very useful feature in Watchee allows you to set a specific status for each watch. If the status has been set, a corresponding Status Plate is displayed. For example, the current status for a beautiful vintage pilot watch is “Serviced” since it was recently serviced. Perhaps after the service the watch feels like a “Keeper” that will not be sold. Time to reset the status! Select the watch from the list.

Next we scroll down to the Status section in the watch details and tap the plate that currently says “Serviced.”

Select the status you want from the list and then tap the “Choose watch status” header/button. The status of the watch will change to the chosen value.

If the History Log is enabled in Settings and you scroll down to the “Notes & History Log” for the watch, you will see a corresponding date entry for the status change.

When you navigate back to the main page, you can see that the status has changed to “Keeper.” I happen to love vintage watches and here you can see some of my keepers!

One more note about statuses. Here you can see I have selected the status “Needs Strap” for my Vostok. Watchee will automatically show the lug width of the watch if it is entered in the watch details (for the most common lug widths). This can be very handy when you are out and about shopping or online browsing for new straps. Just take a quick look at Watchee for a reminder that this watch needs a strap with a width of 18mm.

This video shows how to change the status of a watch.


Quick Info Screens

Note the circled Info-button in the screenshot. By tapping the Info-button, it is very easy to cycle through the main information regarding the watches in a collection. A small indicator in the upper-right of each watch row indicates the current info page. Six info views are provided.

Tapping the Info-button the first time loads the second info-page that shows total wear count, last worn date, and days since last worn for each of the watches. In this particular example, we have first ordered the watches by total wear count. This view is handy for seeing which watches have been regularly worn and which have been hiding in the watch box.

The next info-page reveals watch-specific movement information. The collection can also be ordered by movement type (quartz, manual, automatic, and so on…). Watch collection ordering can by tapping the File icon in the upper left of the menu bar.

The fourth info-page shows the reference and serial numbers along with the completeness of the watch set (full set, watch only, etc…).

The fifth info-page shows the purchase and sales prices for the watches. In the screenshot, you see watch status values set to “Keeper,” so no sold prices are noted.

Finally, the last info-page shows the age of each watch along with how long the watch has been owned. For fun, you might check when your watch has a “birthday” and deserves to be worn.

Watchee is regularly updated, incorporating user feedback, and more info-screens may be added in the future.

Here is a short video showing the quick info-screens in action.


Watch of the day

For busy mornings when you are in a hurry or when you can’t decide which watch to wear, Watchee provides a solution: Watch of the Day! Simply tap the Shuffle icon in the top right of the collection list to activate watch of the day.

Watchee will suggest a random watch from your collection to wear. If you like the suggestion, choose the “Wear today” option and Watchee will automatically increment the relevant statistics for the watch. If you do not like the suggestion, you can select “Draw again” for another suggestion as many times as you wish.

Again, if you decide to go with a suggestion, Watchee automatically increments the relevant statistics.

If the “History Log” and “Log each wear of the watch” options are enabled in Watchee Settings, then a line is added to the watch’s “Notes & History Log” details.


PDF Documents

Creating beautifully formatted PDF files of your watches is a very fast and simple task with Watchee. First, select a watch. For this tutorial, we are creating a PDF for the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date (which seems to be a favorite of the app developer based on the high wear rate percentage).

Select the style for the document to be created. The two styles in the upper row are A4-reports that are perfect for filing purposes. The two reports on the lower row are square-format images that are well-suited for creating sales adverts for watches you might wish to sell. After choosing the style for your PDF document, choose the location (i.e., your iCloud drive) where you wish to store the file.

Here is the sample PDF file we created for the Oris watch.


Accuracy Measurement

Measuring watches for accuracy is very simple with Watchee.

To get started with accuracy measurements, select the Accuracy tab.

Next, tap the Plus button in the top menu to start a new measurement.

Select the watch you wish to measure from the collection list. After selecting the watch, an important step for accurate measurement occurs. When the second hand of your watch reaches precisely the twelve o’clock position, tap the Start button.

Next, very importantly, use the “-1 min” or the “+1 min” button to adjust the time shown on the screen to match your watch at the moment of starting the test.

You can conveniently select the measurement environment to indicate whether the watch is on wrist, on table and in what position, etc. Environment is important since mechanical watch accuracy tends to be different in various use cases.

We recommend running each test at least for 12 hours for the best results. However, you can check intermediate results. For example, if you start an accuracy test in the morning and would like to check an intermediate result at lunch then select the Accuracy tab and tap the folder icon in the upper-left. Choose “In progress measurements,” which shows the ongoing measurements at the top of the measurements list.

Select the measurement you wish to check and tap the “End” button when the second hand of your watch reaches precisely twelve o’clock position. This will not stop the measurement yet! You can set the measurement environment here as well.

Next and very importantly, use the “-1 min” or the “+1 min” button to adjust the time that is shown on the screen to match your watch at the moment of ending (or checking the intermediate result of) the test.

After adjusting the time shown on the screen, you can tap the confirm button, which will reveal the accuracy test result so far. You then have two options, either “Finish measurement & save result” or “Continue measuring…”

For the purpose of this example, we chose the “Continue measuring…” option. Choosing to continue returns us back to the list of measurements. For a more accurate test result, continue the test at least 12 hours. You can see the “Measuring: 5h 17 min” in the list showing the time this measurement particular test has been active.

After 12 hours have passed we choose the active measurement again.

Again we use the “-1min” and “+1min” buttons to adjust the time correctly to match the time of our mechanical watch at the moment of ending the test.

After tapping the “Confirm” button, we have our final result. It seems the watch accuracy is +2 seconds per day. Choosing the “Finish the measurement & save result” option will store the result, which we can view as desired.


Wear Rate

Watchee makes it very easy to track which watches you wear most. Watchee also shows you how many days have passed since a certain watch was last worn and cost per wear.

Wear rate tracking is very simple. First, select a watch from the main list. You can track the wear rate for multiple watches each day if you happen to switch watches during the day.

After selecting the watch you are wearing, tapping the Wear Today button will update the wear rate statistics. You will see the total wear count, the wear rate percentage which is calculated against all watches in the collection. The “Last Worn” date, “Days Since Last Worn,” and “Cost Per Wear” are also shown.

Cost Per Wear is calculated if you have entered the purchase price for the watch. Cost per wear is calculated by dividing the price of the watch by the total wear count.

Confirm you are wearing or have worn the watch “today.”

After confirming the changes, the relevant statistics are updated.

Here is a short video to watch the wear rate tracking in action. Notice how the watch just marked as worn automatically climbs the list that when ordered by wear rate.


Getting Started

So, you have just installed Watchee and now you are faced with an empty screen. You could just tap the plus-button in the top right corner to add your first watch, but before you start adding watches to the collection, it might be helpful to adjust a couple of Settings (the right-most tab on the bottom).

Let’s look at the History Log section first. By enabling the history log, Watchee will automatically update the notes field of a given watch with various pieces of information as we use the app over time, which we will discuss further. Also, the option exists to “log each wear of the watch,” which has to do with the wrist statistics feature. If enabled, Watchee will note each wear of a specific watch that watch’s history log.

If you have an older iPhone or your iPhone’s storage is limited, enabling compression of watch images might be a good idea. Doing so can save storage space and generally speed up the app.

Now we are ready to add your first watch. Just tap the Plus button to get things started.

Watchee is quite comprehensive regarding details that can be added for each watch, but all details do not have to be added immediately. For example, it is perfectly fine to just add a dial/face image (by tapping the face/dial placeholder), brand, and model. Even with minimal details you can still use all of the app’s features such as wear count tracking. Further watch details can be added whenever you wish and at your leisure.

Here we have added a dial/face image for a vintage Corteber Spirofix.

Here we have added a case back image. You have the choice to add a movement image, lume image, or any sort of image for the watch. The default prompts are just suggestions of front and reverse images.

For most fields, predefined lists of values are used to keep manual entry to a minimum. Here we are selecting the year of manufacture for a watch.

Next we will select the vibrations per hour or VPH for the movement.

You can store up to six predefined complications for each watch. Again, we are using predefined values for ease of use.

After tapping the Save button in the top right corner, the watch is added to the collection! Notice the Wear Rate shows no value because we have not tracked wear yet for the newly-added watch. Next, we will select the watch just added by tapping on the row and if you are wearing the watch today, you can tell Watchee.

Tap the Wear Today button and stats are updated.

After confirming we have worn the watch today, Watchee will increment all the relevant counters.

The wear rate for our watch is now 100% since no other watches have been entered for comparison. We also see how many times the watch has been worn, the date last worn, days since last worn, and cost per wear (derived from initial buy value and wear count).

While we are at it, we can set the status of this beautiful watch to “Keeper” since we are never going to sell it! You can set the watch status to a variety of predefined values.

That’s it. The first watch has been added to the collection and wear statistics are being tracked in Watchee.

If the History Log options are enabled and we check the details of the watch, we would see that some automatic history logging data has been appended.