Introduction: Update 2.0 -Wrist Watch From Used Items
Build something nice!
Now with different scale and windup movement!
Step 1: Try to Find Something Useful
First of all, I wanted to build something special. I have a nice collection from wrist watches, but I always try to create something unique.
My friend told me few years ago," Who is the crazy guy who install a gauge scale to the wristwatch?" I am!
Few years ago I have found the base on the second hand market. The price was 2 USD, really!
Nice replica with one of my favorite manufacturer.
Real Panerai can't be accessed for me unfortunatelly.
When I cleaned it up, the movement were alived for an hour. I did not care, only the case was important.
The mission was clear, I would use this.....
Step 2: Without a Watch Glass, No Step Toward
Project was in a quiet phase for few months. I have not found an appropriate glass.
And suddenly when I was reading an article of Watch magazin, about Rolex, they built a submerged recorder watch. Deep Sea Special. Date was 1960. The design came out from my mind
I tried to find a fit doom in our household.
When I was a child, before Video tapes and DVD films appeared, we used the slide-projector.
Nowadays, I read fairytales to my kids with latest led light edition.
There was a projector with bad bulb, but lenses were in perfect condition.
I removed a half lense and the external diameter was prefectly fit to my case, amazing!.
Step 3: Pressure Gauge From Trash
I have found one manometer in the second hand market on the bottom of a metal box last year.
Arm was bended, but who cares!
There were a hand painted scale numbers and units from the analog ages!
Step 4: Painting, Painting, Painting Or......
The watch was brass material or silver color in my mind.
I tried to paint with brass spray, but results was awfull, it looked like a christmas tree ornament.....
Let's see the silver, no good. Too close to aluminium. Results in the picture.
I have decided to remove the original damaged chrome plating with sand paper. Results is nice for me, primary layer looks a mix of brass and sea errosion.
After the cleaning, I sprayed with acrylic lacquer only, The back is unpainted, it is stainless steel.
Step 5: Visible Movement Is the Key
The movement is a crucial part, If the shaft is not long enough for arms.
Scale is too thick, there is only chance to build a quartz heart to the case using one seconds arm.
I need to find a different scale for the mechanical movement version.
Right hand version is also part of the story.
Step 6: Ready, But Not the Latest One
Next step is too install gaskets and o-ring to survive swimming and fun with my family.
When we play in the swimming pool, it will be great to measure, how long we will hold his/her breath.
Polish the back and back glass with more elegant frame are parts of the mission.
Step 7: Finished!
Frame is polished,new seals are installed and new red silicon strap attached.
Deep water test results is coming when swimming pool will open again.
Survive the half meter and heavy hand wash with running tap after a dirty job.
I need 1 meter qualification!
Step 8: Just to Replace the Movement and Add Arms
I have decided to use it for day to day watch.
New movement has longer shaft to install minute a hour arms.
Arms color are not the fonal,maybe looks better in red drops.
Step 9: New Scale and Movement
I have found a more colorful scale from 80s and replace the movement to windup one.
Much better heartbeats via glass dome;)
It was an idea to marking some rusty effect with old arms. Real timetravelling.
Step 10: New Case Arrived
I have found a nice Lange and Sohne repiica in Netherland. Automative movement with nice front.
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