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Cutting plexiglass watch glass


#1

I need to cut one off shaped replacement watch glasses from perspex/ plexiglass. As i will have to do this fairly regularly is there a machine that does it for you, i imagine something like gravograph?
cutting freehand is obviously an option but i am unsure about gaining that level of symmetry although i’ve not tried yet.

I have seen the Kronoglass machines but they are a bit (a lot!) out of my price range, i’m just looking for something simple and suitable for perspex if it exists!

Hope some of the watchmakers on here could advise, thanks.


#2

A file and a good eye is the only way I have ever seen. At least they are cheap so if you mess up a couple it is no big deal.


#3

the perspex i ordered arrived today so had a play, a bit of trial and error but freehand is the way to go. not as bad as i was expecting.
thanks for the reply!


#4

I’m really surprised that you are making them. I assume they are for watch cases. But aren’t you aware that you can order virtually any shape or size of plexiglass watch crystal from G & S? Here’s their website.
http://www.gssupplies.com/plastic_watch.html

They also offer flat perplex (the commercial name of the plastic used in watch crystals is “Hessalite”) if you want to cut them yourself.

If you are frequently cutting out various shapes that are geometrical, then all you need is a miniature table saw equipped with a plexiglass cutting blade. This is ideal for cutting squares and rectangles.These are very small miniature units for model ship makers. The German firm Proxxon makes a well known miniature table saw. But if you have a regular table saw, you can do it on that too with a plexiglass blade.

If you are cutting irregular shapes, then a jigsaw with a plexiglass blade is just the thing for you. For rounds, you can buy all you need from G & S very cheaply. If you are in Europe, contact Rpbur in France or Sternkreuze in Germany.

But if you have to make a lot of them, stop using your precious time on something you can buy for a few dollars from G & S.


#5

Hi bill, i have only just seen this. thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed reply.