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    Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    Hey - first post, and wondered if you guys could help!

    I have a large collection of poker chips from Las Vegas and am interested in turning one of, or some of them, into watches - a bit like a coin watch.

    Having looked into this I know that this is something that I'd need a skilled watch smith to do. Does anyone know of anyone - based in the UK - who would be able to do this? If not, does anyone know if something similar to this is for sale anywhere? The chips measure 4cm wide and 4mm deep.

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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    It would cost you the price of a rolex+, the chip is to thick, you'll either have to file it down or build a watch around it.
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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    A better way would be to use a standard case and movement, and turn down (on a lathe) the chip until it can be a custom dial:
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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackLight View Post
    A better way would be to use a standard case and movement, and turn down (on a lathe) the chip until it can be a custom dial:
    RGM Watch Company
    This seems like a much better idea.

    The typical casino chips I've seen would be very brittle if you removed a lot of the material.

    Or you might be able to use a stack of chips (3 would be 12mm)

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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    the way I see it ~ the poker chip acts as the dial,

    so you need to cut the poker chip into a thin layer, poke necessary holes

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    then attach a movement to the dial and find/make a case

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    or, the easiest way is to find a simple watch with about the same diameter as the poker chip, then turn the poker chip into the dial, dont need to worry about getting a movement or a case, you're just replacing the watch's original dial with the new poker chip dial

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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    There is a process to doing it. It requires a movement with a high cannon pinion and hour wheel. For material that is brittle, it would be affixed to a pot chuck that is trued on the lathe, then machined, then backing would be affixed, then it would be removed. What is the material of the chip?

    If they are of low value and you could stand to possibly lose a couple, I could try it for you. Are you OK with a quartz movement?
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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    but if you want to use the whole chip ... then I suppose you need to hollow out the poker chip, put the movement inside and build a case around it

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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    That's what i'd be looking for. How thin would the chip need to be?

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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    Quote Originally Posted by andywaller View Post
    That's what i'd be looking for. How thin would the chip need to be?
    1mm probably at the thickest. ari.seoul is right - it might be best to leave most of the chip intact, then hollow out a portion for the movement.

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    Re: Turning a Poker Chip into a watch

    it's tricky to find out - as casino's don't like to release what they use - makes it harder to counterfeit them. Generally they are compression molded, but what they are made from is a trade secret

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