Introduction: Wrist Watch From Used Items
Build something nice!
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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 one can't be accessed 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: 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 3: 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 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.
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