I have wanted, for quite some time, to create a watch for myself
(and maybe for others), but I don't know how to go about it. I
don't want to become a horologist-- I just want to create the case,
face, and band.
If you are going to create the case, dial, and band all you have left
is the movement, movement ring (if needed), hands, stem, and crown. I
would suggest that you get a copy of Cas-Ker's Movements catalog
(www.casker.com). The catalog provides you with a wide assortment of
sizes, shapes, and types (date, day/date, sweep, etc.). The movements
are shown actual size and all dimensions are listed. Any movement
you purchase will include a battery and stem. The hand sizes are also
listed, as is the tap size for the stem/crown. There are many other
fine watch suppliers who can supply the same materials to you, but I
have found the folks at Cas-Ker to be very accommodating. Once you
settle on the movement you want, you can ask them to include the
appropriate hands and crown, et voila, you'll get everything you need
mailed to you within a couple of days. The most popular movements run
about $10.00 wholesale.
Del of Designs of Eagle Creek in Beautiful South Texas where we are
now replicating record high temperatures set many years ago.