You never know until you try…

Posted in Watches on September 15, 2012 by medusawatches

Last week I decided it was time to get the movement, hands and crown installed on the BLS watch (the hands in the earlier post were placeholder).
However, this is delicate work which I didn’t feel confident in doing myself.
So I found a local watchmaker who was willing to do this work for me….for only 10 euro!
Today I got the watch back from the shop and I was not too pleased.
The person who did the work (Andreas) wasn’t working so I wasn’t able to discuss it with him.
The hands he chose don’t really look good.
Then, he had to bend the minute hand so it was free to move over the screws I put into the dial.
Lesson learned….no screws in the dial!
Also, it’s hard to tell but I think the hour hand is rubbing on the dial.
Chances are the dial with graphics is too thick for this movement and the movement stem for the hands was not long enough.
Lastly,  about 6 hours after I got home the watch stopped working altogether.

Time for the next watch…

Posted in Watches on September 13, 2012 by medusawatches

Here is a look at my new design.
It’s another heavy metal watch, this time for the band Anthrax.
I tried to compliment the pentagram shape of their logo with the case design.
I am trying to decide which movement I want to go with.
So far an ETA 902.101 seems likely because I wanted a tough, quartz movement that can put up with some abuse.
I got tweets from 2 members of the band (Charlie and Rob) and their reaction was great…..they both want one!
Anthrax comes to Berlin this Decemeber which gives me plenty of time to make a handful of these.

An old, but new mechanical movement.

Posted in Watches on September 10, 2012 by medusawatches

When I showed the latest picture of the BLS watch to Dan Spitz, he wanted to know what movement was in it. Unfortunately, he wasn’t too keen on the fact that I chosen to go with a quartz, battery powered movement. He said, “You know me. If it has a battery it’s NOT a watch. Unless it’s a Tuning Fork.  :-)”. I respect his opinion, so I went back to the drawing board and found a mechanical, hand wound movement called an AS (A. Shield) 577.301 which is the same size and shape as the quartz “junk” I had chosen. Brand new, this movement costs $59.95. However, I got lucky. On ebay.de a seller had several of these movements. They are new and unused but probably quite old. But for 3.50 euro each, it’s a good deal. Today I recieved it in the mail. One look and I was blown away by the detail in this amazing little, micro machine! Something tells me I better buy the rest of them! 🙂

Check this out!

Posted in Watches on August 22, 2012 by medusawatches

It’s been too long since my last post. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet the deadline I set for myself, but better late than never. Here is a new picture. As you can see, it’s slowly getting there.

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BLS Summer Tour – new deadline

Posted in Watches on March 22, 2012 by medusawatches

This morning I checked the Black Label Society website. They added new tour dates and they are coming back to Germany in June. My plan is to finish 2 prototypes and give one to Zakk Wylde. Hopefully there will be a “Meet and Greet” at the Leipzig show (June 7) which would be the best way to get backstage and introduce myself. The goal is to get him to put one on so I can take a picture of us both wearing the watches. This means I need to get it back in gear and work through the remaining challenges as soon as possible.

http://www.blacklabelsociety.com/tour-dates#

What’s new?

Posted in Watches on November 14, 2011 by medusawatches

It’s been awhile since I posted an update. I have been taking a break and seeking pointers as to how to finish the watch. A few months ago I made a connection with a professional watchmaker back home in Washington State. His name is Henry Hatem and his shop is called HR Horology (www.hjhorology.com). I asked him to take a look at my project so far and make any recommendations as to how I should proceed. I shipped all the parts to him and he evaluated my progress. His main concern was with how I planned to mount the movement inside the case. Without going into too much detail, he basically made some suggestions on how I could change the design slightly to improve my chances for success. After which he recently shipped my project back to me. I hope to start work again on it soon and take his suggestions into account. Realistically, I may not resume until after the holidays but I am eager to continue as soon as possible!

Proxxon drill press and compound table

Posted in Watches on August 17, 2011 by medusawatches

Originally, my plan was to try to convince a local watchmaker to help me drill and tap screw holes into the case.
I need these screws to secure the case back and possibly also the faceplate.
However, I soon realized that I needed to once again figure out a way to do it myself because I need to be able to experiment. 
Through trial and error I hope to find out what is the right combination and sizes of screws, drill bits and taps.
I imagined that this would get expensive and frustrating if I had to hire another person to figure this all out for me.
So, the next tool I decided to purchase was a Proxxon TBM 220 micro drill press.
I found a used one on Ebay.de that also had a home-made LED light attached.
To be able to accurately line up the drill with the exact position where I want to drill the holes I also purchased a Proxxon KT 70 compound table.
And finally, I bought a set of refurbished carbide drill bits…also off Ebay.de.
In these pictures you can also see the next iteration of the case.
A new, white-detail material, prototyped piece I recently got from Shapeways.com.