Please note that this thread has been approved by watchuseek admin. I usually inhabit the vintage & pocket watches & the watchmaking fora. I am posting here today to share a watch I made of my own design. here are the details.
I am an architect & an industrial designer and have worked in the consumer durables & automobile industry for the last ten years.
Mechanical timepieces have fascinated me from early childhood. Since 2006 I have been indulging in this passion by collecting and repairing antique pocket watches. Books and the internet have taught me virtually all I know about watches.
In September 2009 I quit my job to pursue a career in watchmaking & the result is the No.1 skeleton wristwatch based on a Russian Molnija 3603 movement.
The inspiration for this watch was a desire to demonstrate the inner workings of a mechanical watch. Therefore I have articulated, through skeletonisation, the escapement axis throughout the watch. Every part is skeletonised on this grid.
I wanted to achieve clarity through the finishes. the plates & dial are rhodium plated, the train is gold & blue is reserved for the hands & dial markers.
I also decided against painting or printing. The dial is painstakingly made by hand. Each minute marker is a carefully milled hole. There are heat blued steel markers at 12, 3, 6 & 9. The name & serial number are laser etched. All this to ensure that there is nothing that will fade or degenerate.
The Russian Molnija 3603 is basically an evolution of the Swiss Cortebert 616 made under license. The Cortebert 616/618 were used by Rolex & Panerai from the 30s to the 50s. This speaks a lot for the rugged design & durability of the movement. A molnija in good condition performs very well indeed.
The Molnija 3603 offers a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous ETA 6497-8 family.
Do let me know what you think
Thanks for looking