Additional Craft Information:
Watch making is a prestigious and rewarding profession. The unique career offers job security for highly skilled professionals as well as respect because of the long tradition of watch making. Watches are products that almost everyone needs and being able to produce them accurately and well will provide a very interesting career path to follow.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
There are two parts to watch making, both of which are important to the production of the watch. One is the making of the watch's inner workings and the other is the casing. The inner workings are typically done in factories, most of which are located in Japan and Switzerland.
The first step in watch creation is to create a sketch of what the watch should look like when completed. This will cut down on wasted material and time later on, both of which can come at a high price. Once a feasible design is created, cut the shape needed with a piercing saw or treadle-operated guillotine. The result will be a rough cast that will need to be finished and filled.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
The body of the watch is milled out in the center as much as possible so that the individual workings can be screwed in. The assembly will require immense concentration as the holes for each part are drilled and the treads are laid. The screws hold everything in place and then the case can be filled.
After precisely filling the desired areas, which needs to be done with care to avoid damage to the inner components. The filling can be done with a variety of liquid metal and common choices are gold, silver, or steel. Once solid, the case will need to be polished and plated.
Lastly, the face of the watch will be completed and attached to the casing. The watch face will be finished by adding a small retaining ring and adding a small piece of glass over it. Enamel will usually cover the back of the face and is available in a variety of colors. Once attached, the watch is complete and can be sold.
The complete process takes several days to complete when done by a single craftsman because of the time it takes for the filling, enamel, and polish to dry. When first starting a watch making career, it is best to work in a group or take an apprenticeship to better understand how complicated the process can be and why it is such a desirable career.