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    Field Watch Making Project

    Hello everyone.

    I am posting from Japan, at very small watchmaking workshop.

    I have a plan to make a new watch, it is a 'field watch'. Field watch is a sort of tool for outdoor acting. I am interesting in a simple fixed-lug tool watch, just I want to wear on my wrist personally.

    Before start of the making, I listed its specification. Though only as hope for now.
    1. 316L stainless steel case
    2. 10ATM water resistant
    3. Screw-down crown
    4. Luminous index
    5. Swiss ETA2824 automatic movement


    Here is my design. I don't need complex shape. I have to use hand operating small lathe and mill machines, it is unable to cut metals in complex surfaces.
    The main body will be made from a SUS plate.

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    Anyway, let's start!
    I think it is required to make a trial case parts firstly. I'd like to make them from aluminiun alloy, softer than stainless, but I intend to do it in almost the same way as real production.

    Main body is cut out from this aluminium plate.
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    After roughly cutting by hand saw...
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    it must be milled to 46x47x7.4mm.
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    Center is pointed. This is a guide to open through hole for the movement at lathe.
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    20mm lug space is milled at both side.
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    A space for crown with guard.
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    Changed to lathe work. The plate is bonded to metal pipe by LOCTITE 263.
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    Then 27.0mm hole must be opened.
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    That's all for today!
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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    I love it! Can't wait to see more!

    Subscribing to this thread.

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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    I find it interesting that you are prototyping with aluminum. The machining properties of aluminum are different from the target 316L steel.

    There is a charm to the blocky simplistic design of the case, but the large bezel with the screws does not seem to give anything to the design in function or appearance to me. Though you are unable to make a complex case, the pragmatic design still has a unique feel.

    I also think that perhaps using a thicker set of markers will compliment the technical appearance of the case. It is interesting also that you are suggesting this as a "field watch". From my understanding, perhaps the term that the English community uses for a durable watch worn out frequently without concern is a "beater". The term "field watch" often refers to a utilitarian and legible design that is military in nature.


    Please continue to share your progress!

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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    interesting!
    the crown guards look complex to me. would love to see how you are going to machine that

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    Nice start of the project. Thank you for sharing with us. Will definitely watch the progress with interest.

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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    Hi.
    Continuation.

    Next is bezel and caseback.
    Bezel will be cut from proper size mill ends material. Simple lathe work, Description might be unnecessary.

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    Although I don't intend to insert crystal to this bezel, I cut its space just as planned.
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    Caseback is from 3mm thick plate.
    In the same way as main body, it is bonded to metal bar.
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    Shaping its recess part. The space is for the roter of automatic movement.
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    LOCTITE 263 is fairly hard. When I remove the work, I use acetone, dissolves adhesive. The liquid makes removing easily.
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    Ridges for bezel and holes for screws are not milled yet at this moment.

    That's all for today!
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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    Nice reduced design, but the sharp edges will probably make it unwearable, or at least wear down your clothes rather quick. And the large plain bottom , including the lugs will probably raise this ergonomical issues. From the production point plain is good but in real life its not done that often on larger watches.. appropos.. what about size. But in general I'm curious what you will get out of this project.. go ahead.😊
    My next project will me a 3 d dial after a vintage car theme.. as soon as I will get permission to use the car manufacturers logo
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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    Hi.
    Continuation.

    I made some jigs to produce these case parts precisely.

    This aluminium plate would be set on the rotery table, the curved outlines of main body will be fixed in correct angle and cut on this plate.
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    This brass jig is used to hold the main body, in conjunction with the aluminium plate above.
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    This odd block is only for set the brass jig to the main body correctly. I made use of mill-ends bar.
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    I made some rings additionally. From next post, I will do additional work, round cutting, drilling and so on, at milling machine with these jigs.
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    That's all for today!
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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    Excellent progress and I like in particular the jigs you made. Having to do all the machining on manual mill and lathe is very challenging on complex shapes.

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    Re: Field Watch Making Project

    Hello.
    Continuation.

    Case shaping will be really started. Before milling, it is needed that the main body is set to the holding jig in required angle. Two pins and left side bump enable that. The body is tightened by four screws, to avoid an accidental slip while milling.
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    They are screwed on the another plate jig, which is bolted on rotary table.
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    Pointing its rotation center.
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    Milling is proceeding, cut cut!!
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    Above and below of crown guard is cut roundly by ball end-mill.
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    By turning it upside-down, the round shape is formed with comparative ease.
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    The outline shaping is mostly finished.
    That's all for today!
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