OFREI WATCH MOVEMENTS

I thought I would start with a cheap movement in a nice case, but such proved to be difficult. Chinese mechanical movements are cheap and do a reasonable job of keeping time for the money. I used what was readily available to me and some ingenuity: Two, cheap movements are not meant for nice cases. I am quite happy with this first attempt. In other words, the hour wheel could easily lose contact with the gearing and result in incorrect time keeping.

Yet, choosing to not use a dial has a drawback: I started with a 42mm case from Otto Frei [ http: The point of this post is to illustrate some of the characteristics of my Glass Series, but also to highlight one of my favorite models and compare the two variations. So, I secured the movement to the movement holder comes with case using the screws comes with movement and then assembled the hour wheel, washers, and minute hand. I am quite happy with this first attempt. I ordered a 20mm long stem when I purchased the movement since the case was 42mm. But it is the only place in the U. However, I am trying the case with several movements given my own custom movement holders.

For this watch I went with what is called a Torro Brava Italian Leather strap, in a vintage camel color. Mvements issue was that of the crown stem. Primitive, but it works for me. But back to the beginning…the case. Finding watch hands is a time consuming endeavor. More on that in another post also coming soon. But it is the only place in the U. A simplified version of the process follows…. I am quite happy with this first attempt. So what did I do? A good video that shows how to measure and cut a stem is here [ https: It can be hard to find a press and attachments that match the variety of movements and hands you want to interact with, but there are cheaper and more readily available options.

I used what was readily available to me and some ingenuity: Such parts would ofrej hard to come by and quite different based on the movement. The lack of a dial is both a design, cost saving, and experimental choice. However, I am trying the case with several movements given my own custom movement holders. Two places to start are Ofrei where I got the case and Esslinger [ https: Personally, I prefer any case between mm, with some exceptions.

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Mechanical Watch Movements

Again, the right tool helps, in this situation a 3-prong watch case tool. Some people use pipettes with the ends trimmed to the right diameter, I have taken to using Q-tips with the ends hollowed out to the right diameter. With the opposing dial washers moevments the minute hand, there is enough pressure to keep the hour wheel in place as the watch is worn.

The monopoly in the watch industry is real. Chinese mechanical movements are cheap and do a reasonable job of keeping time for the money. So, I secured the movement to the movement holder comes with case using the screws comes with movement and then assembled the hour wheel, washers, and minute hand.

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A watch hand press is not hard to find and purchase, but you have to find attachments that match the hand diameters you are using. Dial washers are cheap and available. For this watch, I aatch with some blue steel hour and minute hands with some lume green tint and a yellow hand for the sweeping seconds.

It is simple, looks great, and is getting a lot of wrist time. In a skeleton watch, there are different solutions for applying the pressure when a dial is absent.

The best way to understand how you can extract a broken screw from a movement is to watch the video Read more….

Watch Materials

One, it is hard to find nice watch cases for purchase in small quantities. I am a watch enthusiast that likes to share my thoughts and projects. Projects Glass Date Models The point of this post is to illustrate some of the characteristics of my Glass Series, but also to highlight one of my favorite models and compare the two variations.

In a watch with a dial, the hour wheel goes on the central pinion, then a dial washer is added on top of the hour wheel to add pressure as the dial sits on top of the washer, pressing against the hour wheel, ensuring the wheel stays in place and maintains contact with the reduction gear.

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Patience is a must. A that had what I was looking for in a case. The key to assembling a watch is the movement holder. Though if you have a Chinese movement and Swiss movement side-by-side and interact with them much, the differences are blatantly obvious, from a machining standpoint.

Two, cheap movements are not meant for nice cases.

Make Your Own Watch

Ofrei has several mvements and reasonable prices for one-off or small-quantity orders. Brian I am a watch enthusiast that likes to share my thoughts and projects.

Attaching watch hands is tedious, but entertaining in my opinion, and requires the right tools. Custom watch build 1: Yet, choosing to not use a dial has a drawback: A simplified version of the process follows… The details: Most important is some sort of magnification. This is simply my hobby. You know which one is better. In other words, the hour wheel could easily lose contact with the gearing and result in incorrect time keeping. The minute hand will apply some pressure, but usually not enough to force constant contact.

I will likely invest in a proper press soon though. Sapphire, Flat Water Resistance: The stem that comes attached to the movement 16mm is not long enough for the case, so you have to buy a longer stem and cut it to size.

I pfrei with a 42mm case from Otto Frei [ http: As for credentials, I have a doctorate in computing, not horology. The green arrows point to a retention mvements that is applying pressure similar to that of a dial. Dials are a main kfrei of a watch, but for my first foray I decided on something more open.