I really enjoyed building my own watch, to wear it every day in the knowledge that not only did I assemble it, I also learned from it, is a good feeling.
In my last blog we left off where I was ready to install the movement into the case. Before installing into the case, thoroughly clean the case with a lint free cloth. This is quite a big thing for me, I’ve had that movement in and out so many times just because I could see a small piece of fluff on the dial.
All though my case was suitable for the movement, the case was marginally bigger in diameter and also ever so slightly deeper when closed. This caused my movement to rattle a bit.
You can imagine my mood when I got to the point where I thought I could finally get it on my wrist, only to realise that if I did I’d potentially damage it due to this rattle.
There are a lot of movements out there that are smaller than their case. Plenty of those are quartz, battery powered pieces. In order to keep movements in place and reduce rattling, there are things called case movement rings. These movement rings surround the movements and sit against the inside wall of their cases. For other mechanical movements there are metal clamps that attach to the movement via screws.
Many mechanical movements will have small holes on the back of them to attach these clamps to.
A nice tip here. Should you be like me and realise a little too late that you require movement clamps, there is a way around this but it is only to be used for a short period of time. Many movements are stepped, so measure from the step on the movement to approximately where you believe the back would be in its closed position. Cut a piece of card that is both adequate in height and thickness. Cut it a decent length so that it fits a third of the way around your movement. This will ensure that it doesn’t move side to side or up and down in the case. Again only a temporary fix.
My movement was now in my case. I installed the stem and crown then used the small flat head screw to tighten them into position. Using my watch back tool, I screwed the glass case on.
My watch was now complete, all though I was happy with the outcome I felt I could do a better job. I could make the watch look slightly better. I changed the strap and now have a metal link strap on. This is how I currently wear it on a daily basis.
Thank you for reading, I’ll be building another watch over the next few months and possibly be writing about it. Also keep an eye out for my review of the limited edition Dent watch. In addition I’ll be posting a review of a Michael Kors watch that I currently have in my possession. Personally not my go to time piece but I know some people like that kind of thing, so the review is for you. Stick with me, I’m trying to bring a varied selection to the table.
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