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    New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    Hello everyone,


    I have often admired the wonderful movements and functions of Casio watches, but wished that the watch cases were more to my liking. What to do? I decided to select an appropriate watch and try building a case that suits my taste.


    The watch I selected is the Casio AQ160W-7B. I like the Ana-Digi face with super large positive digits. On the on the hand, I don’t care for the case styling or band. I bought one and saved every part the could be reused in my project: the movement, case back, bezel, and case pushers. The rest went in the parts box.


    Next I machined up a prototype case in gray plastic. It is 40mm in diameter and will probably end up relatively thick, 12mm or so, to hold the very thick Casio movement. You can see several photos of the plastic prototype. The crystal will be inserted from the back. The Casio back, held in place with four screws will also be re used. The pushers will be challenging, but I will face that issue at a later date.


    Many details are yet to be worked out, but I an beginning the actual build in stainless steel, and I thought some of you might like to follow along on this journey.


    Bill

    PHOTO LIST: 1) The Casio, 2) The concept in plastic 3) The case front 4) The case back 6) Cutting off a chunk of 416 stainless bar stock 7) facing the bar on the lathe 8) The bar ready for machining operations to begin



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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    What a cool project! Keep us posted. I love to see a DIY mentality with these little critters.
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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    All I can say is WOW! You've got some skills, can't wait to see a finished project. Well done!
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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    Just. . .wow. Stunning.
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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    I opened this thread expecting a simple DIY at home type of mod. This is on an entirely different level. Looks like you know what you're doing though. I can't wait to see what it turns out like Post pics as soon as you finish!
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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    Most impressive so far! Can't wait to see this as it progresses!

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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    I'm very impressed by your ambition! What a great idea and something you can call a one of a kind! I've just read another member's post of his using a printed stainless steel housing for a GShock 6900. You guys are making me feel lazy! Good luck with the finishing of it. Keep us posted!
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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    Cool.

    I'd love access to fabrication toys like that.
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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    Thanks guys, This will probably be a fairly long process. I will try to post each of the steps in machining the case, all the way to completion and a "wrist shot". Bill

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    Re: New Project: Custom made watch with Casio ana-digi movement

    First step is center drilling the steel blank.
    This establishes the exact center point that will guide further operations.
    A short, stubby "center drill" is used to do this. Once this is done, the blank
    must not be removed from the chuck until all operations on this side of the bank are completed.
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