Archive for September, 2012

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 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! 🙂