The Forgotten Joy of Winding a Mechanical Watch

A short documentary from Etsy's Handmade Portraits series introduces David Sokosh, who restores antique watches. 

A short documentary from Etsy's Handmade Portraits series introduces David Sokosh, who assembles new wristwatches from antique parts. After his art gallery closed during the recession, he launched Brooklyn Watches, selling his creations via his Etsy store. This video is by Andrew David Watson and Zach Pontz, who describes how he discovered Sokosh and his watch business on the Etsy blog:

The Brooklyn Flea is not an easy place to stand out, but David Sokosh caught my attention. With his rounded spectacles, crisp white shirt, jacket vest, and thick mustache complemented by slicked-back hair, he looked like a vestige of a bygone era. It turned out he was an anachronism of sorts — a watchmaker.

For more videos by Etsy, visit http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/video/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Video

Just In