Steampunk Watch? Answered

I'm looking for advice and input into my (hopefuly) future project, a Steampunk style wristwatch. I'm wodering if anyone has any ideas for building a strap, be it made of leather or wire. Also, any opinions on how to "Steampunk" the watch face would be helpfull. I (sadly) lack the creativity needed to properly formulate an idea on how to make this and would very much apreciate it if a kind creator would offer their ideas. Thank you.

Asked by prototype2213 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Watch Repair? Answered

I've recently received an old watch from my mom. It is by the brand Futura, it is a quartz, Japanese movement, steel backing, etc. The winder moves freely and also moves the hands,  but it does not record time. I have tried removing the back to check for a battery and it does not appear to have one. Also, when I remove it the face comes off with the backing. If anyone knows how to fix this it would be amazing because I love this watch and i want to be able to wear it. Thanks!

Asked by mclare50 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


pocket watch swap?

I bought a pocket watch with a cool case for a good price but its electronic mechanism is kind of flaky and i have been jealous of my friends mechanical watch.  so i am wondering on how hard it is to do a swap on the interior.  http://www.justmanga.com/jmcover/FMAWATCH01.jpg

Asked by abadfart 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


quartz watch question Answered

​I've always heard that quartz watches need an electric impulse to work.  I just bought a pocket watch that says Quartz on the face.  When I asked the seller how to open it to replace the battery, the answer was that it doesn't use a battery.  ????  It's running now. I didn't wind it.  Am I just not up to date (always possible),  or is the seller out to lunch? 

Asked by mole1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Ohm's Law watch...

Has anyone seen this?  "Ohm's Law Watch" For those of us that have difficulties with formulae, this looks like it might be handy :-)

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Metro Smart Watch

I had an idea the other day whilst playing Metro: 2033, I imagined a smart watch made like Artyoms watch but instead of having an LED come on when you're visible, having an LED linked to your phone that comes on when you have a message like an external notification light and wondered if there's any way to make this a reality?

Asked by Haffnium 8 months ago


Watch Band Buckle

Product shown in stainless steel 3D Printed and Tested !! Velcro watch band tip will lose stickiness as it ages, and then scratch anything it encounters. This buckle is used to cap the band tip, keeping it from scratching your cuffs of sleeves, especially in winter days. The name " Ning " is embossed on a pattern called BingLie (Chinese, means Cracking Ice), a pattern that was used as a window style some 600 years ago in China. Yes, I'm bringing antique fashion back into life again. Buy at Shapeways !!

Posted by 7PLAIN 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is it illegal for me to watch....

These free brand new movies online? someone told me about a site called bedroommedia.com and it is loaded with brand new movies still in the theater. Is it illegal to watch these movies? I am not downloading them but rather just watching them from the site.

Posted by Bosch 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Watch water resistance? Answered

I recently got a new watch for my 18th birthday. On the back of it, it said "5 ATM". I looked it up, and supposedly it should be water resistant to 50 meters or 165 feet. However, all places I went to online said to only have it around sinks, "slight splashes", shallow water, and to not use it for snorkeling. I live near the ocean and would most likely use it for that; not for any real diving though. Shouldn't a 50 meter tested watch be able to handle a few feet of water, or is it because it's saltwater that it would not be able to?

Asked by The Dark Lord 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


You need to watch this.

Http://blip.tv/file/2273190I promised to bakenbitz that I'd throw it off a balcony but I couldn't so this was the next best thing.

Posted by ajleece 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


empty watch list

I'm subscribed to some contests, but a lot of the emails I get don't have any projects, although the subject line says the opposite. Here is te last example: subject: You have 2 new instructables from a contest you're following! body: Hello, ........... Here are the newest items from each of the contests you are following.  To change or turn off updates, go to your following  page: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST --------------------------------------- Thanks for being part of our community! Instructables Team @ Autodesk | https://www.instructables.com/ To manage these notification messages, please visit your watchlist preferences: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST

Posted by soldeerridder 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Making a watch using a PIC Answered

I want to make a wristwatch using a PIC to control the watch. How would I keep the time using it? Would I need a crystal and if so, how would I interface it with the PIC (how would it communicate with the PIC)? Thanks

Asked by jamiec53 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


EL Wire and Paper watch!

Just thought of this! Has anyone ever tried to make a watch/clock using el wire? I thought of making a simple 7 seg led design with a paper (this modeling plasitc) cover/strap as a wrist watch... Get the insides of a 7 seg type led watch. Use electroluminescentwires instead of segments. Put the wires bhind a paper face which is designed as a single piece with strap. attach battery. BINGO! Only thing I've not been able to verify - need to use an el inverter for the display Anyone had any dealsing with this technology and can tell me about it.. meanwhile I'lll scour the instructables Thanks

Asked by sParekh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Pocket Watch Cell Phone

To be honest, i think it sounds like a good idea. the device would probably have to be about the diameter of an orange, but i bet having a pocketwatch that doubles as a cell phone would be a hit with steampunk lovers! anyone agree with this?

Posted by EngineerJakit 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Shock Alarm wrist Watch?

Their basically is not a thing like that out their. I want to build a wristwatch that can shock me at a resettable time. I will keep it on when I sleep so It has skin contact. How do I do this? Please help me because I wont wakeup from anything else tryed everything and I hope this will work.

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


GPS tracker for a kid watch

Hello everyone ;  I want to do a watch to track kids with GPS , And I want to know what kind of GPS tracker I will use , the approximate price of the project , or any other information that can  help me  .  And thanks :) ^-^

Posted by Aladin1122 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Cool site of Wholesale Watches

Discount Wholesale Watches, Cheap Watches, Sports Watches, Fashion Watches and Clocks from China factory, no minimum order sizes or volume requirements.http://www.sourcingmap.com/watches-c-1359.html

Posted by 520xyz 10 years ago


Changing time on a Sportek watch

I have a Sportek Watch model sp1029ZEL . I don't have the instructions to change the time.Any help appreciated.

Posted by mabebabe 4 years ago


listening device for bird watching.

Listening device for bird watching,having the following specification:1.handheld,battery operated.2.frequency operation in audible frequency range.3.minimum of 30bB signal amplication.4.volume control for final outout stage.5.automatic gain control.6.10 second recording of sound,non volatile storade.7.two output sockets for headsets,5mm jack plug sockets.8.5 hour operational capabilities on one set of batteries.9.On/Off switch with LED indication.10.LEd to indicate recording.11.LED to indicate playback.?

Asked by 9 years ago


modifying *game & watch* graphics

I'm not sure now if this is even possible after surfing a whole day and haven't found a thing. What I want to do is to somehow change the shapes of electrodes of what the black graphicks of oldschool lcd games are made of. Are there some sort of chemicals whitch can erase old graphics and something to draw the new ones connected to old connections. Or are they cut out some magnetic transparency film. Well, if somebody has a clue where I could find few hints to get started I would be grateful.

Posted by ottkosmoses 11 years ago


Instructables Shark Watching Trip!

First off, we didn't see sharks, but that doesn't mean we didn't have a good time! Yesterday (11/20/13) the Instructables crew went out on a rented boat (there were people to drive this boat) and went out to the Farallon Islands to try to see sharks because the site was able to get 1 Million visits in a single day!  So this was thanks to all of you! It was not the best day (bit rainy and cold), but we all had a good time and only 4 of us got sick!  Yay! Pictures provided by everyone!  Gif by Renee.

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Watch out there's a scammer!

I just recieved this message of user "frank679" FROM;MR.FRANK ZIWOS. Tel:00225 08 21 78 50 COTE D IVOIRE, WEST AFRICA. Dear One, Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into long time relatioship and financial transaction for our mutual benefits. I am MR.FRANK ZIWOS and I inheritated an important sum from my late father who died in recent crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. I wish to request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrative venture or manufacturing and real estate management in your country. I have FOUR million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD($4.500,000)to invest in this transaction and I will require your assistance in receiving the fund in your account in your country. I will gladly give you some reasonable percent from the total sum for your assistance. Please it is important you contact me immediately on this email addressof: fziwos04@yahoo.com for more clearification on the next step for smooth conclusion. Awaiting your immediate response and God bless you. Thanks for your understanding Yours Sincerely, MR.FRANK ZIWOS. Obviously a big scammer and i don't want anyone to have there cash stolen so just watch out, hopefully he will be banned

Posted by Danny 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Watch out for falling satellites

Watch out for falling satellitesWith no one at the wheel, should we be worried about the large US spy satellite now headed for a crash landing?US spy satellite 193 is predicted to de-orbit less than gracefully in Feburary or early March. The chances of it actually hitting a populated area are exceedingly small, but perhaps you can catch a few micrograms of it using Kiteman's How to catch a star Instructable.What is happening?An out-of-control US spy satellite will crash to Earth in the coming months, government officials say. The satellite is large enough that remnants are likely to survive atmospheric re-entry and strike the Earth, sometime in late February or early March, says Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.Is that normal?"This is relatively routine in that satellites de-orbit all the time," says Johndroe. Pieces of uncontrolled debris heavier than two tonnes -- mostly discarded rocket stages -- crash to Earth as often as once every three weeks, says Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer and launch observer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Many discarded pieces retain some power, so that controllers on Earth can guide them to a point far from human habitation, usually using a final dive into an ocean. In 2001, Russian space officials broke up the old Mir space station in this way over the South Pacific. That's not the case for this US one, however."Obviously, we want to take a look at the potential for it to land in a populated area," says Johndroe.What are the chances of it crashing through my roof?Exceedingly slim, says McDowell. Remember that some 70% of the Earth is water, and most lands are void of people. "There is no reason for people to get alarmed about it," he says.According to the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office, there have been no confirmed instances of serious property damage or injury caused by crashing debris in 40 years.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How do watch glow backlights work???

I recently took apart a digital watch that had a green glow type of backlight. Looks like there was a backplate, behind the LCD screen, with what seems two contacts on opposite ends. No matter how I hook up these contacts to a 1.5V battery, I can't get it to glow. Any ideas????

Posted by tinkernaut 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I cant find the right size battery for my mom's watch (no size shown)! Answered

Recently I lost my mom's watch battery. I am currently trying to find the right size battery, but the size isn't printed on the watch. We can't afford to take it in and get it looked at. HELP!!!

Asked by General Eggs 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I'm looking for a programmable wrist watch that would allow me to set a countdown remotely. Any ideas?

 Ideally, the watch would be cheap and even disposable. Not sure what wireless transmission would work best, i.e. wifi / bluetooth / other? 

Asked by gabemastey 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How would one transform a durable digital wrist watch into a swell steam-punk pocket watch?

Say for instance, a Casio G-Shock into a really cool and functional pocket watch guaranteed to impress. An easy process would be a plus, in addition to parts available at the hardware store.

Asked by mideon13 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


My watch band broke off, because the piece of metal connecting the band the the main piece broke off. Answered

It's the little metal bar. Anybody know how I can fix it?

Asked by Appollo64 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


touchscreen watch

What if you made a touchscreen watch that plays music,movies,internet,email,apps,tells you how many internet bars you have,games,planner,usb,tv,and more that would be awsome

Posted by 1997589 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I would like to buy a watch phone? Answered

I would like to buy a watch phone but have no clue on a good brand. I have ATT so I think I need it to have a SIM card slot of some kind and I would like it to use a SD or miroSD.

Asked by nfarrow 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


a good watch cleaner for general dirt, grime, grease ?

Asked by whatwomble 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Which Cellphone watch with camera should I buy?

Hello, I want to buy a cellhpone watch with camera. I have a Casio Wristcam WQV-3 but it is broken and had only 0.25 Megapixel ;-) Unfortunaly there are many different models. The descriptions at ebay, dealextreme.com. sonicdigitals.info, eemobi.cn etc. are long but there is nothing about menus/usability, thickness, quality and so on. On youtube a few videos can be found, but not for all models. Maybee someone here has one? "Wishlist": 1.Cardslot, not internal only 2.1,3 Megapixel Cam. Sample Pictures? (Blog, Flickr, Own..) 3.Videorecording 4.Touchscreen 5.Writing/Grafiti, not only virtual keyboard 6.Sketchpad, even with the low resoulution 7.Thin (some are very thick) 8.J2ME or another posibility to write programms German letters would be nice, but optional. Should cost arround $200 incl. shipping+tax to europe or a tad more/less. Unfortunaly so far I could only find the q007 with Java/midp2 support, but it has only 128 MB build in and no extension slot. Thanks in advance!

Posted by schorhr 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do you repair a watch whose band is broken and a spare just won't fit?

I have a northstar cw2 that i unfortunately stepped on and broke the band. I would like to fix it but the bar that runs parallel to the watch face was not connected to the watch frame but set in plastic and now there is just an empty space. I tired a replacement but it just doesn't seem to fit correctly.

Asked by Rustar 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Gorgeous retrofitted LED pocket watch

Take a look at this pocket watch , modified by the author from an old non-working pocket watch he inherited from his grandfather who was a master watchmaker.  Clearly the grandson inherited the skills!  This is absolutely beautiful.  Make sure to watch the video of it in operation.

Posted by rachel 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Make US websites think your in the US?

I have a problem, im in South Korea but i would like to watch King of the Hill on Fox.com. Fox says i cant because im not located in the US. Other cartoon sites say the same thing. Is there a way i can change my computer settings so i can watch my favorite American Cartoons?

Posted by thematthatter 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Steampunk Artist vs. TSA

If you're into steampunk, I expect you'll find this story of how this guy got arrested for his art somewhat interesting: http://blog.tsa.gov/2012/11/odd-watch-discovered-at-oakland-oak.html

Posted by billhorvath 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to disassemble a timex expedition?

I have a timex expedition trail combo, product number t49742. I want to disassemble it to apply illumination to the dial. Oh, and if there is a way to make the watch's ticks silent, that'd be great. EDIT: Thanks for all the comments so far. I have pretty decent glow in the dark powder, which is supposed to last 24 hours. I've applied it to my knives, as well as other objects, and they are all doing pretty well. The lumination on the timex expedition is pretty weak, and it really doesn't do anything, I need to use the backlight. Sometimes, such as when I'm driving, I want to just look and read the time. So I planned on opening the watch to apply the glow, via epoxy, to the dial.  I've opened the watch, taken the battery out, and that's it. I can't figure out how to reach the face of the watch and access the dial hands. 

Asked by Batryn 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how to make a bluetooth controlled device connected to your phone?

My friend and I are planning to make a bluetooth device which can be worn on the hand and a button on the wrist band or watch having the device, when clicked, connects to the application in the phone and does the things as commanded. please help

Asked by ameyaditya.achar 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Question on inner workings of quartz watch

I have a musical watch that keeps time but something drains the new battery for the music.  I thought most ($40.00 or so) quartz watches are the same on the inside.  Why would a watchmaker tell me the watch can't be repaired?  If it takes a second battery to run the music and "something" drains that battery why would it be difficult to find the what and fix it?  Am I making watch repair too simple?  Thanks. Gail

Posted by lov2bead53 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Self Winding Watch Winder challenge

I'm looking for a cheap version of the self winding watch winders like they have at http://www.ewatchbox.com/stsiwawi.html. I haven't found anything under $70! I searched this site and couldn't find anything either.So here's a challenge for you gadget gurus out there that think this might be something fun to make!I look forward to seeing what will pop up here!JM

Posted by JibsMan 11 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How to generate a beep sound in a watch ? Answered

I'm working on an electronic design project : Smart Watch  this watch worn  by clients suffering  from early stages of Alzheimer disease  will play a role so that it guides the patient back to his/her house . We pre-defined a distance boundary that the client will not exceed (speedometer). I want to know if there is a device (sensor) that should be integrated in the watch  so that it generates or creates beep sound (or vibrations) once the client crossed or approaches the Limit distance boundary ( something similar to the beep sound in the car system when it approaches an obstacle ). And , if it is possible ,any ideas or hints on how to implement it on the watch ? Thank you in advance , and if you need more information please let me know :)

Asked by ClearVision 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How to remove watch face/dial?

I have been trying to clean the crystal/glass and a minute hand of a watch. I do not have a tool for removing a watch crystal/glass so I thought I would try removing the movement and face from the back. I managed to remove the movement but the face/dial seems to be extremely firmly built into the case, see photo, and I cannot seem to remove it from the back. It is a chronograph and the two chrono buttons do not screw out like the crown does, which stop the metal face/dial coming out too, but regardless the face/dial seems to be extremely firmly pressure fitted so I cannot see a way of removing it without bending or breaking it. Is the only option to remove the crystal/glass itself to clean it up? If so, I don't have a special tool for removing it, has anyone removed a crystal like this with a knife or other tools? It is a plastic/acrylic domed type crystal/glass.Thanks.

Asked by lsadwdwadw 10 months ago  |  last reply 8 months ago


Steampunk nixie tube gauntlet watch?

     I am..... not very good with electronics. ill admit it. but i still love that feeling when you do something and finish and it feels perfect. and i really need some help. i have been looking everywhere in my town and nobody has any nixie tubes (probably because they are so old), and they are really expensive on places like ebay. i also have no clue how to work the pins, and how i could get such a high voltage. and make it all into a watch. and to make it small. and to keep it under 30 dollars. what a mouthful.      So could you all just list where you get your tubes, how you wire and program them, and how you even make a portable and practicle power source? i have been looking into the disposable camera power source, but that is already kinda big. when done i will have a leather/metal gauntlet to wear on my arm. it can take up about half of my forearm. can this even be done? i dont have an arduino, but i have a basic stamp, but its not good at keeping time, so thats out. please list your help and ideas below. and your knowledge is greatly wanted!!!

Posted by imBobertRobert 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to watch the second season of Survive This?

I love all things survival, and I used to love Survivorman with Les Stroud. After he stopped his Survivorman series, he made a new show called Survive This. It's about survival among kids. I love this show, and have watched the entire first season. The second season is out now, but it being a Canadian TV show, I can't seem to watch it on my TV, or even find a place to watch it online. Season One was on Cartoon Network, so I could watch that. Cartoon Network dropped the show, though, so now I can't find a place to watch Season Two. Can anyone help me? Thanks!

Asked by splazem 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


what is a listerning device for bird watching ?

Specifications,mode of operation,accuracy and resolution,stability and drift,range of use and limits of these,operating conditions,

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


solar watch winder ideas needed

This is kind of lame, but somebody gave me a ROLEX as a gift. The problem is, i never wear it because everytime i think about wearing it the thought of winding it, and then setting the date and time is a deterrent. there is apparently a pretty big market for watch winders that you have to plug in, and a decent market for lithium ion battery winders too.  what i want, it to build a little solar winder and sit it near my window and whenever the sun hits the solar cells it rotates the watch, keeping it charged.  i just don't know what i need to do to make it happen and the information i am searching for isn't out there.  does anyone know what i should buy, and what motor would work to rotate a watch and whatever piece of tape-covered sheet metal i attached the watch to?

Posted by EnergyHandyman 6 years ago


Trailers From Hell - weekend watching

This site has a large number of movie trailers with commentaries. See Galaxy of Terror for a good one. (it won't embed as it's JWPlayer) I'm away for the weekend, bye!

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


HOW TO MAKE MIRROR LED WATCH?

Привет! Мне очень понравились часы.Хотите сделать.Я купил все компоненты для часов, и я не могу программировать.Ошибка Arduino: 1.8.5 (Windows 8.1), Доска: "Arduino Nano, ATmega328P"C:\Program файлы (x86)\Arduino\примеры\исходный код часов \ исходный код часов.no: 2: 31: фатальная ошибка: Adafruit_NeoPixel.h: нет такого файла или каталога #включать ^компиляция завершена.статус выхода 1 Ошибка компиляции для Arduino Nano Board. Помогите решить проблему.

Asked by strollermoscow 7 months ago


I need help locating watch parts

For years I have had an old Elgin pocket watch in my possession, given to me by my dad since it was broken. After some thought I have taken it to pieces to see how it worked, since it was definitely broken. Upon inspection I now know which parts are no longer functioning.  I can find most of the parts on the Internet but unfortunately I can't find a hairspring for it... It needs to be for an Elgin size 18 pocket watch, if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Tom

Posted by thomas9666 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago