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    My Hand made skeleton wristwatch


    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

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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    Thanks for sharing!!!
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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    Your background in industrial design is evident to me in the clean and spare form the skeletonisation took. It is certainly a refreshing departure from the heavily ornamented pieces one normally sees (not that there is anything inherently unattractive about them, merely that they are fairly commonplace IMO). Excellent work, now for #2.
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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    Looks very nice indeed, great effort! Thanks for sharing as well.
    Last edited by v76; April 1st, 2010 at 16:30.
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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    Looks great, I'm sure it took a lot of time too.
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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    Well done! I'm definitely impressed.

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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    That's really nice, and the molnija 3603 is a great choice for the base movement.

    Are you planning to sell/market these or is it just a personal project?
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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    I like its simplicity.

    I especially like the balance bridge and the clear view of the pallet fork and escape wheel.

    Well Done!!!!

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    Wow, displaying such a simple and undecorated movement like that really underscores the genius behind the mechanical watch. Looks really good. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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    Re: My Hand made skeleton wristwatch

    Your watch is very impressive, I wish i were profficient enough to do the same. Now the question is are you going to make more and if so will you sell them, let us know Id like one especially if its made by a WUS.

    By the Way Impressive is an understatement when refering to the work you did and the looks of your watch....

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