Let’s go shopping!

So, a little re-cap. I needed to do some revision and research on the intricacies of watch making and watch parts before I began purchasing, little did I know how complex and intricate this could be.

After what I thought was a decent amount of research and revision into the assembly of a watch I began to look at the parts required.

I decided that the most important part of the watch was the movement. One thing I knew was that I wanted the movement to be hand wound. I looked into a whole host of different movements, some a lot more expensive than others. In the end I decided to go for a Seagull ST36.

The Seagull ST36 is an Asian copy of the Swiss ETA 6497 movement. Even with daily usage and without maintenance/oiling I felt the movement would still last me a few years. I didn’t want to pay too much on a very good movement because I knew there was a good possibility that it could get damaged during my first ever attempt at assembly.

Once my movement arrived, I took one look at it and realised I needed to be careful otherwise this could go badly very quickly. The natural oils from your hands when touching these movements can effect their performance.

Next on my list was finding a watch dial that would fit my movement. The movement I had required a dial with a seconds sub-dial situated at the 9 o’clock position.

Once I had decided on the dial I wanted, I chose the colour. Black and white seemed a good choice, not too extravagant. When the dial arrived it was coloured with a matte finish. I again realised how careful I needed to be as one slip with the hands would mark the face.

Speaking of hands I then needed to choose some that suited the movement. This would mean a short seconds hand that would stay within the sub-dial area of the face.

In the end I chose black hands with luminous internal detail. On seeing the seconds hand and how small and delicate it was, I again realised that even with the proper tools I would need to be very gentle as not to damage the hand when positioning.

I had the main body of my watch in my possession. Next I had to choose a suitable case to place my movement in once it was assembled. I wanted a nice case that would show off the movement with an exhibition back. I went for a polished silver case with a screw on glass back.

I opted for a standard black strap and clasp, nothing special. Just a nice strap for little expense.

Lastly I purchased a crown and replacement stem. A machined piece, large diameter, something that could easily be easily rotated when winding.

I now had all of the parts required to build my watch. Easy right? Surely I just had to throw them together? Wrong!

The watch build is about to begin. Stick with me, tell your friends about this. I’m trying here, help a guy out. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Give it a like and a share if you can. Write a comment, criticise it, I don’t mind.

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