That's an excellent looking thing right there. I've been eyeing up the Samurai for a while but I just can't justify it since I own a Black Monster and a Turtle.
Ah, that makes sense. Shame about the chapter ring, it's one of the reasons I bought mine secondhand.I can't justify it myself, therefore I sold my turtle (it had the infamous misalignment chapter ring). I kept the Hamilton of course, as it is a gift from my significant other.
I wonder how hard it is to build a wrist watch. I had this (probably) stupid idea, because I have a subject that implies creating and executing a CNC program, therefore I can mill a case and a bezel. What about the rest? How hard is it to source a movement, glass, dial and that stuff alike?
As @Shaun said, it's pretty easy to find the parts. Bare movements from Seagull, Miyota, and ETA can be easily had. Even better is the availability of stems and crown for all of those. The cases are the tricky part, and you've got that on lockdown. @AlvaroF , think you could make some cases for Bulova 5, 6, and 7 movements? I have a hoard of them, but only one case.
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I've been tinkering and getting back into watch repair. House reorganization and a free roll-top desk have only aided and abetted the hobby.
I'm down to a collection of only 3 watches for my own use - a Nixon Conquer I've had since 7th grade, my trusty 1955 Bulova 23 jewel, and a Pobeda 7 jewel on an orange NATO strap. The Pobeda is the "working on stuff because the watch is a tank" watch, and the Bulova is for every other purpose.
I've got a 1957 Bulova 23 that I broke after several trips to the shooting range. It takes several hundred rounds of .45 auto to truly anger one of those watches. , which I did. I bought a 1955 23 Jewel because it had an immaculate dial, and I needed a working bulova. The '57 case has scalloped edges, the '55 case had more elegant looking lugs. Scallops won, so the "tri-five Bulova junkyard watch" was born.
Within 60 days, it began acting up. First the crown came undone. That was fixed easily enough. Then the set screw would not function right. The mechanism appeared to work, but then again, it could have been an issue with the stem itself. I tried a different stem. Same issue.
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Watchmakers, I think, must all be insane. The exact same procedure is repeated dozens of times, the same way, each time expecting a different result. I couldn't test the mechanism on the other movement, as part of the set/détente had been what broke after a few trips to the shooting range. The screw was too easy to turn. Getting to it required lifting plates off, and thus removing lots of stuff. I had spare parts, and pride was on the line.
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Cleaved in twain. Spare parts!
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After a few hours, it was alive.
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Also, spare watch parts.
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I had a ladies' Benrus watch that seemed to think a minute was 28 seconds long. It was also a great prop for the argument that quartz movements generally follow ladies' watch sizes.
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this comically huge monstrosity can fit a size 18 pocketwatch.
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Garon ladies' watch - has a screw as part of the set mechanism - and it's missing.
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The olde work bench. Complete with homemade tool block.
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If someone says lighter fluid isn't a good cleaning solution, that person is probably way too pretentious.
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I bought an estate lot, and I'm sitting on mounds of movements and parts.
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New workbench! Mine for the cost of a six-pack of miller lite.
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And finally, the Bulova needed a new band. So I went to a watchmaker and shot the breeze.
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He offered me a job. Sadly I'm not particularly good at watch repair. I'm better at clocks. Still rusty. It's a hobby, right?
The Samurai returns:
Yea, most of the lineup is for a larger wrist. Luckily this is one of the few that is available in a 43mm size.@ildd the Aragon is a fine choice, they pack Miyota movements which is awsome. But from what I know about Aragon their watches tend to be on the big side. Their dive watch is something like 50mm
@Brett also a solid choice, Orient make some damn fine pieces for the price. Love it.
About my custom watch, I have the stainless steel block ready and waiting, also the tools needed are ready, the technical design is also finished. This weekend I'll run the thing through CAM software and start programming. So soon™ I have something awsome to share
Yeah, I'm doing this with my father's help and we broke 2 different drills, which annoyed us, and the work was haulted, but no, I won't start over, I'll be adding material to it with laser welding and because it's going to be polished in the end I'll be redoing the hole and tap all the six holes.
I had been looking to pick up a dressier watch for some time now. I have had this for about a week now:
That's a nice watch, my father has a C1 Grand Malvern which is also made by Christopher Ward. I've looked at those in the past and will probably pick one up one day. The C60 Trident is a fine choice 👍.Bought myself one of these today (only it's on Nato strap)...
Also bought a bunch of new Natos in funny color combos.
Will post wrist pics when I actually receive it (waiting for shipping now, should be a week or two at most).
Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600 (lots a great specs like thick sapphire, ceramic bezel, great movement, all at a value price).
There is such great lore about that faux four. Well . . . it's not actually faux but actually 4.
Whatever the story - I love that look; balanced, understated, and visually orientated. The name Orient on it just kicks it up to cerebral levels.
Is it just the lighting or are the hands dark navy?
Mine says hi:This shows the hands a little better. This is about as close as I could get with my phone and it still focus on the watch.