This is the first time I've tried to customize a watch.
I've always liked regulators and weird watches in general, but I could never justify spending $500+ on a quartz watch with no complications and only one hand! Solution: make my own.
I sourced a free quartz watch with a slim case that I liked in the style of Skagen. It was a demo from a promotional products company. I could have asked them for a much more expensive watch and still gotten it for free, but I didn't have the heart. Once it was open I was happy to discover that it had a Myota movement.
I designed the face in Illustrator and printed it on premium photo paper with my laser printer. Even under an eye loupe you can't tell that it wasn't made in a factory properly. That is until I glued it onto the original face and goofed up a few places. :oops: But you have to look at it under a loupe to see the scuffs I made so I'm okay with it.
I got the hand from Otto Frei. I had to trim it shorter and customize the hole where it attaches to the hour wheel since it was intended as a minutes hand. I may be the first person ever to customize a watch with JB Weld.
In the end I must say that this was the most TEDIOUS and FIDDLY project I have ever done. I hope I never try to JB Weld something together that's less that 1mm across. I can't imagine doing any *real* work on a watch. God bless the bastards that make these things.
So what do you think? Decent first attempt?