Hand finishing of the movement

Mar 14, 2019,01:52 AM

Dear all,
The other day once having few drinks (few more than usual) I hand the Lightbulb moment. I’d start hand finishing movements to the ALS level.
Now few days on, the question is:
Has anyone here tried doing it? I’ve never dismantled the movement yet (well I did few times when I was a kid, left out with few spare parts after assembling...).
I thought the “easiest” movement would be from a hand wound Nomos (Tangente with a display caseback).
Let me know if this is doable in any way, or I should quit drinking Absinthe...

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Well if you’re skilled enough, and familiar with the movement construction, why not.

 By: jomni1 : March 14th, 2019-02:10
Of course you know that the manufacturer won’t be able to service the watch anymore in the future.


 By: StanWok : March 14th, 2019-02:23
I’m not. But I consider myself a quick learner. I’m sure there’s enough literature online to help me with it. Another issue would be getting the tools and all the abrasives, files etc.

Ahem - May I disagree with you by saying “They will be able to service it...

 By: cazalea : March 14th, 2019-09:19
They just won’t do it for free under warranty. “ Cazalea

That's a good one! [nt]

 By: 1WatchMan : March 14th, 2019-14:20

Do it with a naked movement like Unitas variant

 By: nwk00 : March 14th, 2019-02:59
Cheaper for one, and the pieces are bigger.

My watchmaker has done this.

 By: Spangles - El Atigrado : March 14th, 2019-04:47
Having trained to do it in Switzerland, and having all the tools needed. He has an old speedmaster he finished to lange level, closed back so only he knows. We've talked about him finishing a movement for me, it could happen.

Interesting---why not give it a try

 By: galt : March 14th, 2019-06:15
Would be fun to try on an inexpensive movement...won't cost you much if you screw it up (or several of them up). Would be interesting to know what tools and materials would be required to do the job. Seems like most of the result comes from the elbow grea... 

I’m all ears. [nt]

 By: StanWok : March 14th, 2019-09:24

PMed [nt]

 By: redcorals : March 14th, 2019-12:26

Thanks for the PM! [nt]

 By: Emil Wojcik : March 15th, 2019-06:19


 By: thegrailwatch : March 14th, 2019-15:59
You hand finish your watch to Lange level. A year later it starts running a little off so you send it away to service. The brand technician upon opening it discovers the movement's finish is far too beautiful to have come from the manufacture. They send i...