I'm sorry you thought it would be "boring to photograph" the
details of the watch itself-- just the part I need the most help
with! If you want a solid colour, why heat colour? Why not anodize?
The best way to learn is to purchase old and modern watches and take
For me to describe the stem alignment, crown seals, movement
positioning etc is a very large tutorial that I simply don’t have
the time for and is very well covered in the watch maker forums.
But it is a process that can be learnt and trust me, contrary to
those who say that one needs expensive and complicated machinery, or
that one needs to read heavy technical manuals, all this is untrue
when all you want to do is make some fashionable watches for
An example of this fashion, is a 18ct watch I made for my wife Anne
in 2000 She has worn this watch everyday, with care, I might add, but
is has only needed new batteries since then.
As ‘ED’ pointed out, making a shell is the easiest way to go, and
one that allows for a large amount of creativity. I have bought
several watches at the $200 range and cut them up and made shells for
them, and worn them for a few months as Hans’ current " look at what
I made" thing.
The reason I use heat to colour all my titanium is because I have
never been able to achieve an anodized finish that is highly
polished. It always comes out matt. I don’t for a minute say it can’t
be done, but success in having a highly polished surface after
anodizing has eluded me so far.