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Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 23, 2021 03:39PM
This isn't quite my thing... though it's tempting (Parts this small are a bit beyond my vision and dexterity nowadays...).

Want to build your own watch from a kit? Tools included?

[rotatewatches.com]

I rather like the look of the Wright.

Purely mechanical movements... no batteries.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 23, 2021 04:48PM
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 23, 2021 04:53PM
Nice!
As a small kid, I learned how to disassemble wind up alarm clocks.
Problem, I was never able to get them reassembled.
My dad was amused, my mom not so much.

fond memories...


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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 23, 2021 05:13PM
I'd love the ability to make one with a true custom watchface that I designed.

Too bad electronic watches do not let me do this!
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 23, 2021 05:29PM
Where is Grumpyguy?
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 23, 2021 05:42PM
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sekker
I'd love the ability to make one with a true custom watchface that I designed.

Too bad electronic watches do not let me do this!

As long as you got the diameter, and thickness, right, there's no reason you couldn't put your custom face, and custom hands for that matter, on this one.
That WOULD be cool, wouldn't it?



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 23, 2021 05:43PM
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Where is Grumpyguy?

Grumpyguy! That's who I was trying to think of when I posted... I was drawing a blank on who it was that was the watch-guy!



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 23, 2021 06:27PM
Perfect for model builders who grew up.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 23, 2021 06:36PM
A decade ago I would have gotten one or more as gifts for my partner. She LOVES tiny stuff. But with her neuropathy now, she could never build these.

Thanks for sharing.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: November 23, 2021 07:22PM
Thanks for posting this! I have a few watches in need of repair, and would love to learn to disassemble and reassemble a watch without having a few pieces left over, or a mainspring shooting towards my eyes.
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 23, 2021 07:35PM
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Paul F.
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sekker
I'd love the ability to make one with a true custom watchface that I designed.

Too bad electronic watches do not let me do this!

As long as you got the diameter, and thickness, right, there's no reason you couldn't put your custom face, and custom hands for that matter, on this one.
That WOULD be cool, wouldn't it?

If I had a good CAD drawing, I'd do it for sure!

I was also being ironic that the number one electronic watch contains a supercomputer in it and has a programmable screen, but we cannot put our own watchfaces on it.
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 23, 2021 07:37PM
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sekker
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I was also being ironic that the number one electronic watch contains a supercomputer in it and has a programmable screen, but we cannot put our own watchfaces on it.

I thought you could make your own AppleWatch faces, at least if you know some programming. Maybe I was wrong.
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: JoeM
Date: November 23, 2021 07:39PM
My step son is really into watches so I bought him the Rotate Edison for Christmas last year. He was really excited about putting it together as he's always tinkering with his watches.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 23, 2021 07:42PM
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 23, 2021 07:42PM
I’m a wristwatch enthusiast but don’t understand the target audience here. If you want to “learn” watchmaking (without attending school, which would be weird) you typically start with eBay watches needing repair. Get a box of donors and study up. I’d have to really like these designs to build one, but they look generic to me.
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 23, 2021 09:07PM
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deckeda
I’m a wristwatch enthusiast but don’t understand the target audience here. If you want to “learn” watchmaking (without attending school, which would be weird) you typically start with eBay watches needing repair. Get a box of donors and study up. I’d have to really like these designs to build one, but they look generic to me.

Having entered firearms repair in the same manner (get some basket-cases and tinker), here's the difference as I see it; With that box of watches from eBay, there's no guarantee you're EVER going to be able to build a working watch, since you don't know what working innards look like!
Build a kit first, and NOW you know what a working watch looks like inside, without tearing apart a collectible working watch.

Plus, this is a nice way to "dabble" without getting TOO deep into the hobby... I get that, too. Sometimes you don't even know if you want to get deeper into the hobby... but, the idea of ending up with a watch doesn't suck.

Like I said; if my vision was a little better, and my fine dexterity wasn't so rusty, I'd probably put one together.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: November 23, 2021 11:14PM
It looks like the movement is pre-assembled. Soooooo… you pop it in the case and screw on the back?
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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 23, 2021 11:30PM
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jonny
It looks like the movement is pre-assembled. Soooooo… you pop it in the case and screw on the back?

You can ALSO buy the movement disassembled... if you want.
How much the "assembled movement" kits need, I don't know. I didn't read the entire site.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 23, 2021 11:58PM
Paul F's fingers are more suited to eating BBQ, and plugging dikes.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 24, 2021 12:20AM
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Racer X
Paul F's fingers are more suited to eating BBQ, and plugging dikes.

I thought we weren't supposed to call them dikes any more?

I thought the correct term was "Levee" now?


What'd y'all think I meant?



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 24, 2021 04:27AM
Way back when, I stopped into a Bulova Watch store to see the then new Accutron.

The sales guy was an older man, and the store wasn't busy (no customers in the entire time I was there) so we had a long chat about watches.

I learned that he was a watchmaker by trade, and not just a salesman, and as part of his training had to make a watch.

I don't recall what lever of 'making' he had to achieve, but remember him saying they had to make their own mainspring.

And the final test was a required level of accuracy over a certain period of time.

He said 'twice a day' didn't cut it' and that cracked me up.

The idea of building a watch from the above kit is interesting, but now would probably end up as an integrity test against a wall.





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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 24, 2021 05:05AM
Up until recently, maybe still doing it, North Seattle Community College had a horology program, and you could get the watchmaker accreditation

Hey, they still do!. [northseattle.edu] Partnership with Rolex!



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 24, 2021 05:45AM
They preassemble the watch for shipping, instructions are included to disassemble, which is a different skillset, and then you reassemble it. Quite the learning experience for someone with patience. The site says about three hours (I'd put it at 3 weeks of repetitive assembly/disassembly until it either worked or I took a ball-peen hammer to it.



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Re: Psst... Any "wanna be watchmakers" in the house want to build a watch?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: November 24, 2021 08:34AM
Really intrigued. Seems like an excellent retired/semi-retired guy project. Work on it as long as one’s mental health holds up, set it aside pre-percussive persuasion seeming like the only course left. Come back to it…whenever.



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