RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut
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    RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    Hi there!

    If this topic is out of place, please move it.

    Would like to present our handcrafted timepiece from Italy.

    Hope You'll appreciate.
    If I broke some forum laws, well delete all.

    Me and a good friend of mine both work in the mechanical industry and steel one.

    He's the technician and many years ago the idea of creating a watch body from a hexagonal nut with its screw was born.



    The watch is quite unusual, the body is composed of 8 pieces:

    Bezel
    Outer case (crafted from the hex nut)
    Inner case (crafted from the screw head)
    Lowe ring
    Lugs
    Crown

    This is how the screw is machined to get the inner case



    And these for the outer one:





    The watch is opposite assembled compared to a standard watch.....we start from the bezel....the back case just do not exist (it is part of the screw pivoting into the nut).

    The watch was almost ready even 10 years ago. Only a couple of months ago we've started a microbrand company (RdB watches) and the timepiece can be crafted on demand.

    All of the work is done in Italy, except from the Swiss automatic movement at 28.800 vib/h, with 25 jewels.

    The case can be crafted in 36 mm or 41 mm depending on the original nut used (M24 or M27).

    The basic models are made in 316 aisi stainless steel but we can even use titanium or brass.

    It comes with bracelet or handmade strap customized for RdB and crafted in Tuscany.



    See below a couple of "serie alpha" watches.











    The "serie beta" with all the engravings and the definite dial is coming in a couple of weeks, with the first watches to be delivered.





    Below two sketches of the models:

    M24



    M27 (3 bague colour options)



    Hope to receive your comments!

    Have a nice day,

    Guido


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    Re: RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    Almost ready to take off






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    Re: RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    I think it looks great but would be easier to start from scratch rather than recycle a nut. I would use higher than 316 stainless if possible.

    Either way I like it a lot and think you did a very good job. Probably because your Italian and Italians are the best, most daring designers.

    Calcedonio

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    Re: RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    Thanks a lot Medusa.

    The last test at wrist below:












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    Re: RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    Bold design and looks good on the wrist. How did you manage to attach the lugs to the case?

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    Re: RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    Hi utzelu

    The lugs are anchored to the outer case by means of conical/cylindrical plugs.








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    Re: RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    Very masculine looking, at least in that size, and clever use of materials.

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    Thanks Ron.


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    Re: RdB watches: hexagonal case crafted from an hex nut

    Now that is a nice looking watch. Well done.


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