Make Your Own Watch Movement Cufflinks

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Introduction: Make Your Own Watch Movement Cufflinks

In this Instructable, I’m going to be showing you how to make your own watch movement cufflinks using some old mechanical watches.

There are loads of watch movement lookalike cufflinks available online, but these ones are made using real watch movements taken out of an actual watch.

To start off, you’ll need to find two old mechanical watches with identical mechanisms. A good place to start is to go down to your local watch repair shop or jeweller and ask them if they have any old movements lying around. They don’t need to be working anymore, so jewellers will usually be happy to give you a few or sell them quite cheaply. You can also buy old damaged movements online.

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Step 1: Remove the Hands and Watch Face

If the movements haven’t already been removed, you’ll need to take the movement, along with the face out of the watch. Cut off any protruding pegs and the time adjustment screw using side cutters or clippers.

Next use a flat tipped screwdriver or tweezers to remove the hour and minute hands from the face of the watch.

Now insert your screwdriver between the mechanism and face and gently pry the face away from the mechanism. It doesn’t really matter if your damage the face or part of the mechanism as you won’t be using the face and this part of the mechanism is the back side of the cufflink.

Step 2: Remove the Shaft & Make the Back Surface Flat

Once the mechanism is free, you’ll need to make the back face flat by removing the hour hand cog and the shaft which drove the minute hand. Pry the cog off with your screwdriver or tweezers and then use side cutters or clippers to cut the shaft off flush with the back face. Feel the surface of the mechanism and make sure that it is completely flat so that the blank cufflink disc is able to be glued flat onto the mechanism.

Repeat this process for the second watch mechanism.

Step 3: Glue the Movements to the Blank Cufflinks

Next you’ll need to get some blank cufflinks. These are also widely available online. You’ll need a pair with at least a 6mm diameter blank plate although 10mm to 16mm ones work best to glue onto the mechanism.

Use superglue or epoxy to glue the blank cufflink onto the mechanism. Apply a generous amount of glue and make sure that you choose an unobstructed flat surface on the mechanism to glue it to in order to reduce the risk of it coming off.

Step 4: Your Cufflinks Are Now Complete

Allow the glue to dry or cure and your cufflinks are now ready to wear.

They also make a great gift, which you can complete by putting into a small cufflink jewellery box.

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    6 Discussions

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    GusEren
    GusEren

    4 weeks ago

    really cool! I saw these at a flea market for £20 each and am thinking about using this is a project for my 12year old son to make gifts. Are you Saffa?

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    thediylife
    thediylife

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    They're becoming quite popular online as well, and they're really easy to make if you can get hold of a few old watches. Yes I am originally, although I live in Australia now.

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    rmumma
    rmumma

    5 weeks ago

    I LOVE these! Voted for sure! I need to try and make a tie tac like this too! Thanks!

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    thediylife
    thediylife

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thanks for the great feedback!

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    Oldprophet
    Oldprophet

    5 weeks ago

    They look great! be cool if you could wind them.

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    thediylife
    thediylife

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    They do still work and you can wind them up by turning the large gear on the front. That's how the mechanism in the video is still ticking over. I removed the wind up pin to make it easier to remove the mechanism without damaging it and if you leave it on then it hooks on things, which leaves the potential to pull the mechanism off of the backing plate and lose it.