Tiny watch parts?

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    Tiny watch parts?

    How are they made?

    Let's say, a very tiny part of a watch has to weigh an exact weight in order for the watch to function properly and accurately. The room for error is very small.

    How would they make that component?

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    Re: Tiny watch parts?

    Using computers and machines.
    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: Tiny watch parts?

    CAD programs can calculate weight based on part volume and material density. The part can be re-designed until it meets the engineering requirements.

    Almost any watch watch part can be cut to shape on a machine of some sort.

    The company that machines my chapter rings can drill a hole .001" dia.


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    Re: Tiny watch parts?

    It is 2009.

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    Re: Tiny watch parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by polaco23 View Post
    It is 2009.
    True, but watches still were made when CAD wasn't around. Now that is talent.


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    Re: Tiny watch parts?

    I'm the same as you. I'm absolutely fascinated as to how they made the smallest of watch parts 100 years ago.

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    Re: Tiny watch parts?

    Historically the watch industry were pioneers in the development of micro-manufacturing technology and automated manufacture. Much of this was developed by Waltham watch in the 1860-1910 time frame.

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