Well, I'm finally beginning to see some improvement in my watch photography. I've improved my light box (still a cardboard box but better diffuser material). I learned how to make more manual adjustments on my camera (DSC-W5). I've learned how to better use GIMP (color correction, cropping, scaling). I've switched to a better photo host (photobucket). And I've 'experimented' a lot. I've went from this:
with the various improvements noted over the past several days.
The fruits of my labors are starting to become worthwhile at last.