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Making a watch for myself?

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I'm curious, suppose I wanted to create a one of a kind watch for myself with an off-the-shelf movement, what sort of figure would I be looking at?

I'm sure everybody has considered this, and discarded the idea after realizing how much it would cost, and I realise 'how long is a piece of string' is the answer to the original question, so suppose stainless case, no strap and no precious metals. Ideally not a bitsa from t'internet though - In my fevered watch dream I want a custom case milled, custom dial, hands and crystal I would probably buy off the shelf.

How would I even go about doing something like this?

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22 minutes ago, ry ry said:

How would I even go about doing something like this?

Think out of the box. It is possible to make something without having a case milled, using a basic lathe, and toolmakers skills. Obviously available crystal size would have to be taken into consideration, and a bit of knowledge in movement fitting etc. Plenty of stuff on "the net" for inspiration.

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50 minutes ago, longplay said:

Didn't @JonnyOldBoy make his own for ~£200?

Not me buddy .... The only thing vaguely hobbyist ( apart from buying and selling watches ) I have done recently is a 2000 piece Jigsaw over Easter.... :laugh:

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I built this for under £100, although I already had the tools and the lume paint and the decal paper for the bezel.

 

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But the OP's looking to make something truly custom, not a bitsa from Ebay parts, I'm guessing you won't be able to do that for under £100.

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3 hours ago, Rab said:

I built this for under £100, although I already had the tools and the lume paint and the decal paper for the bezel.

 

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But the OP's looking to make something truly custom, not a bitsa from Ebay parts, I'm guessing you won't be able to do that for under £100.

I like that what's under the hood.

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7 minutes ago, bowie said:

I like that what's under the hood.

Well, the original plan was to use a 2824 or similar (I like a sweepy second hand), but to keep it under budget, I went for what claimed to be an Asian 2824 clone, in hindsight, I should have bought an actual Seagull ST2130, but I bought an un-branded version, which is the same size and hand fitting as a 2824, but beats at 21600, still, I can't complain too much, it was £24 and runs at about +8s per day, I'll probably get an ST2130, or maybe an SW200 when this dies.

It all went together suprisingly easily, the most time consuming part was making the bezel which still has a few flaws so I'll probably have another go at that, it was fun to do, but probably not cost-effective, given that I could have bought a used Alpha or Parnis as a base and just changed the dial and hands.

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I got a customised watch from Zazzle for my nephew's graduation, he liked it a lot - printed his 'letters' and date on the dial.  They come from China

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23 hours ago, JonnyOldBoy said:

Not me buddy .... The only thing vaguely hobbyist ( apart from buying and selling watches ) I have done recently is a 2000 piece Jigsaw over Easter.... :laugh:

My mistake, it was @JimboJames1972

Images no longer appear but I remember it looking quite good.

 

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Sartory Billard are making customised watches now, the SB03, you can speak directly to Armand who is a great guy, very quick to reply and a gent. You can discuss the particulars and he'll make it, a true one off for about £2k I think.

I have one of their SB02 watches and it is stunning, very well made and unusual.

Obviously it's a different story if you want to make it yourself, unless you have some skills on a lathe.

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