Start of the dial.
Calibrating the indexing head to mill out the minute markers.
Milling out the minute markers.
Minute markers milled out along with 5-minute larger markers.
Milling out center hole of dial. It will be parted after numeral holes are drilled.
Turning of 15/30/45 and 60 minute applied dots from steel.
Before parting and polishing of applied dot.
Rough turning of the steel rod for the making of hands.
Drilling initial holes for hands.
finished rough hole.
Feuille hands starting to take shape.
The hub or seat of the hand being turned on a pin holder.
Turning of the hour hand.
Shaping the hour hand.
Further rough shaping.
Turning the bottom hub.
More shaping with different file grits.
Filing the minute hand.
Hour and minute hands will be broached to size.
Almost finished hand.
A slip of the graver resulted in a broken hand.
Finishing the hour hand.
Further finishing of hand.
New hand being manufactured.
Turning the hubs.
Turning the broad profile of the leaf hands.
Turning of bottom hub.
Placed on a 'skewer' to facilitate working on profile.
Further shaping of hands.
Working on hub shape.
Round shape of hub done with graver on lathe.
Finalizing seat of hand.
Fine polished hands ready for bluing.
On the brass shaving bluing tray.
One hand blued to a deep purble-blue hue.
Both hands blued.
Polishing the hubs.
The blued portion is covered by tape so that it's finish is not accidentally marred.
Hands blued, polished and cleaned.
Testing different dial combinations with numbers overlaid on the dial. Arabic gold numbers in different sizes.
Steel Arabic and roman numerals in different sizes.
The 3/9 replaced by steel dots.
Arabic numerals, but not stylized, simple straight lines.
Straight on view, Liked this version best.
On actual dial.
Drilling applied marker feet holes.
Starting a new, alternative dial.
Fitting the dial to bezel.
Turning a 'railroad' track outer minute marker.
Hand drawn visual test.
Milling the straight lines.
Drilling out the hour indexes.
Semi finished dial.
Visual testing of two different designs- with or without minute markers.
Without minute markers.
With dot minute markers.
Decided for a dial with minute markers.
Finished outer dial.
Position markers for the applied indexes feet.
Drilling of holes.
Testing with bezel.
Dial ready to receive numerals, the railroad track minute markers were painted with deep blue.
Testing on case.
Back of movement.
Polishing the applied indexes on micron grit paper.
Cleaning up the finishing on the dial.
The finished dial.
First iteration of watch finished.
Making different baton indexes.
Finished to a fine point.
Testing different index styles to reduce dial clutter. None are satisfactory.
Thicker baton indexes.
Turning a few sample dials.
Cutting out an open dial.
Testing with very minimal indexes.
Trying some alternatives.
Hour makers and indexes only.
Open dial, but too cluttered.
My preferred choice.
Finishing the open work dial.
Initial turning of brass rod for buckle.
Further turning of brass rod for buckle.
Turning for buckle.
Stainless holding screws in rough cut, with sides of buckle to be shaped from a brass wedge.
Initial design of brass buckle sides.
Hand filing of initial profiles.
Drilling holes and then tapped for the fibia to rest- part of buckle.
Drilling side holes of buckle flanges.
Drilling of second hole.
Cutting the buckle flanges with a slit saw.
On one cut, the slit saw shattered and ate one of the buckle flanges.
Parted with a jeweler's hack saw.
Shaping two flanges to similar dimensions.
Initial shape, boring out the side holes.
Buckle taking shape.
The buckle fibia.
Finishing of sides.
End stainless steel long screw.
Rounding of head to echo the 'bombé' polished steel screw of the movement.
Polishing of larger buckle side screws.
Cutting the slot.
Screw head with slot.
Previous to burnishing the hole.
Hole burnished to receive the screw-end.
Polished screw end, and burnished hole.
Finished 7-piece buckle.