The block of solid brass rod.
Initial squaring of surfaces.
Continuing the cleaning of surfaces.
This will be the first bezel, with a 30mm dial.
Turning of interior areas.
Creating a step in the bezel.
Bezel and glass. The large empty area will be for the ebony wood that will overlay it.
Turning of the case body.
Beginning from the back of the case. Lugs will be milled out subsequently.
Profile of the lugs.
Turning to movement diameter.
Fitting of movement.
Starting with the solid ebony block for the front and back wood inserts.
Creating a center hole to be able to turn on the lathe.
Initial marking off of diameter.
Cutting off excess with hand saw.
Turning to size.
Cleaned cylindrical block to turn wood inserts.
Portions of the case.
Turning area where back wood insert will lie in.
Turning of ebony bezel.
Initial sizing before parting.
Contour of the back bezel.
Second back bezel.
Parting was succesful.
Snug fit. It will be finished once case screw holes are drilled.
Star of the second larger bezel. Sizable hole is drilled to facilitate turning the interior areas.
Turing to size.
On six jaw chuck.
Wood insert for bezel.
Another fracture of the wood before parting is finished.
Finished rough bezel. Final finishing will occur once case screw holes are drilled.
Now I move to the creation of the crown instert in ebony.
Initial cutting of wood rectangle.
Milling the crown insert.
Outer diameter of insert.
Parted for drilling of hole.
Drilling of guide hole.
Before squaring of hole to take crown seat.
Squared hole for the insertion of the brass 2-part crown.
Creating the bottom part of the brass crown. Drilling out initial stem hole.
Boring out crown seat.
Turing the seating for the ebony insert.
Parted from rod, and ready to be squared
Squared seating for ebony insert.
The ebony insert is cemented to brass crown seat.
Top of brass crown shown without the ebony insert. The crown consists of three parts with a stainless screw holding it together.
Turning of stem.
Squaring stem end for the crown. The crown slides into square shaft, as winding torque on UK watches is very strong in comparison to Swiss movements.
How crown sits on the stem.
Boring out hole to be internally threaded for retaining crown screw.
Boring of hole.
Threading of female end for end screw.
Turning of stainless screw from a larger diameter stainless steel screw rod. Screw end threaded at this point
Detail of threading.
Screw parted, and initial straight slot created.
Creating a bombé screw end.
After polishing screw head.
Finished stainless steel crown retaining screw
Side profile of the same.
Creating the outer lip of the case to receive the bezel.
A ruined bezel... it slipped off of the chuck while turning the interior lip to fit case.
Manufacture of a new bezel.
Turning outer contour to receive ebony insert.
New bezel in place, with glass.
Another frontal view.
Side view, still missing the ebony insert which will need final finishing once it is cemented to the bezel.
Making the opposite end of the stem squared as well for the winding ratchet.
Milling out the hole on the opposite end of the stem. Images of its being threaded are not included.
Final finishing with a hand file of case lugs to accept a 22mm strap.
Hand finishing rough profile of case lugs.
Rough sanding of case profile with low grit sandpaper.
Drilling of guide hole for case stem on with the mill.
Drilling of final dimension of stem hole.
A steel retaining screw for the ratchet gear is being turned.
Threading of ratchet wheel retaining screw.
Before parting of screw. Other images of the finished screw are not included.
The case, with ebony bezels before assembly.
Drilling holes in bezel for retainer pins.
Marking holes for retainer pins in the bezel with ebony insert in place.
Cementing the ebony insert onto the bezel.
Shaping the ebony insert on the bezel.
Facing of ebony.
Shaping bezel profile.
Simple profile in order not to weaken the ebony.
During assembly of crown and stem, a fault in the stem appeared.
Production of new stem. Squaring the ends to accept ratchet wheel and crown assembly.
Squared area of crown.
Internal ratchet wheel holding screw turned and threaded. It was parted and finished.
Assembled crown with bezel.
The back bezel split during cementing, it had a weakness and the drying cracked the bezel.
Broken back ebony bezel insert.
New back insert being turned.
Turning interior area of insert.
Insert parted. It will be cemented and reinforced through hidden holding pins onto case.
Cementing the back insert onto the caseback.
Cemented ebony back insert.
Turning away the profile.
Finished back ebony insert.
A new crown will be turned from this rod.
Cutting the slanted grip on the crown.
Crown with holding stainless screw.
Polishing the movement side interior portion of bezel.
Drilling holes on case to fasten movement.
Movement holding screws manufactured.
Two screws made.
Blued over a flame.
Movement without bezel, held by two screws.
With bezel to check for clearances.
Creating a new bezel without the wood insert.
Turning outer shape.
Turning interior and outer profiles.
Watch assembled and finished.