Watches

All chained up.

Rearranged and consolidated pocket watch chains yesterday. I only need two, one for the watch and one for the knife on my double Albert setup.

Had one, a bronze one already setup for that. Added the new black chrome one as the second. This setup with a Nightize S-biner hanger works great.

The biner fits over the snaps on my leather vest. Just snap a snap through the big biner, and it dissappears, but holds the chain ends giving the single or double prince albert chain attachment point.

Then cut, splice and reassembly, netted me a bracelet, which I wore all day, and really liked. Simple and classy-ish, but didn’t drive me batty. Two main strands with a third linking them.


Then the left overs got me a neck chain–which I have no idea what I’ll do with– yet.

And two big clasped utility/watch chains, which I also have no current use for… I’ll think of something.

If you look close the bracelet has 3 different chain sizes/styles, the necklace 2, and both utility chains are different…

I actually had a lot of fun doing these! The opening and closing of the rings and links was a bit tedious, but still fun.

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Categories: Customized, Decorating, EDC, Fabrication, Jewelry, key-chains, Modifications, New Gear, Pocket Watches, Re-purpose, Recycle, Repurpose, Watches | Leave a comment

Puppy time?

For a while now I’ve been using this old quartz crystal key chain, that I’ve had since I was a kid, as the fob on this watch.


Few days ago I happened to think of some jade figures in our curio case, that I hadn’t seen for forever (case is in a terrible place foractually viewing what’s in it) so I went and got one out, moved it to a table in the den.

The figures belong to Mom, something my brother got her for Christmas or a birthdaysome 25 years ago, so I made sure she didn’t mind.

Occurred to me with the captive loop it’s tail makes it’d make a nice keychain fob. She said she wouldn’t mind that either…

Wasn’t sure I wanted to bang around a chunk of jade with my keys though..

Getting the watch out yesterday morning and it was sitting there, dawned on me that it’d be a great watch fob. 10 minutes to kill later and I’d made a chain for it.

Here is a better view of the color on the figure, that gorgeous deep rich green.

Possibly a Husky, but looks more like a Malamute to me… 🙂:)

I remember they were carved by a local artist, but I’ve no idea who.

Dont worry about the other fob suddenly out of a job, I’ve got another pocket watch on the way. Will just have to decide which fob goes where.

Categories: Customized, Decorating, EDC, Just Plain Fun, Modifications, Pocket Watches, Watches | 1 Comment

EDC, mid March, to mid April 2018

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Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, Flashlights, Hanks, knives, Multitools, Pens, Pocket knives, Pocket Watches, Spring, Watches, Winter

EDC mid Nov. ’17 to late Dec. ’17

Last big monthly pocket dump update for 2017. Oldest to newest;


Categories: Daily-cary-log, EDC, knives, Watches

Time in my pocket…

New watch arrived this week. Have wanted this one for a while, but always put off getting it for something else. 


It’s a pocket watch, but it’s a bit different than the norm. 

Closed;

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Partially open;

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Open;

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The release is a pull button, not a push. Pull to in latch, and the inner watch swings out. Mechanical movement,the back of the inner case is windowed to see it run. 

I’m just a bit underwhelmed…. I figured it was the size of an average watch, the movement/inner part smaller to compensate for any increase in the case. 

And honestly I didn’t think it would be any bigger, just assembled different… But it is bigger. 

The diameter is about the same as an average watch, even smaller than my open faced one. 

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But the thickness is substantially more. And it’s HEAVY. That outer case is a Super solid casting! Not quite sure if it’s going to comfortably carry, but I’ll give it a fair go! 

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Otherwise it’s great though!  🙂 

Categories: EDC, mechanical, New Gear, Pocket Watches, Watches

Quartz to mechanical pocket watch conversion. V1.0

Back in mid May, I bought a cheap Chinese mechanical pocket watch. To be used as a movement donor, to fix one of my favorite quartz pocket watches that has bit the dust.  The quartz watch is special because it was one my Dad bought me.

I spent two days on ebay searching the watches for a dial/face I liked,  that was easy to read… Many mechanical watches have an unreadable color scheme,  or too much skeletonizing to be readable. 

I do like the dial in the quartz watch, but this process is a LOT easier if I don’t have to change the dial/hands between the movements. Or even remove them from the movements!


The project got shelved at the time. Then I realized how much I like the watch itself… The case is a little lightweight (cheap-ish) but it was nice enough, and went into rotation. Making it harder to canibalize for the other one.   

Every time I though of it, I put it off for various reasons.

Anyway. Today I was swapping watch chains around so I could carry my other mechanical pocket watch, and saw the quartz one on the shelf. Thought, gee wouldn’t it be nice to carry that one. And thinking how long it’s been since I carried the newer mechanical one… 

I thought oh why not, and took them apart right then. 

I always figured this would be a case of the mechanism not fitting, or the dial, or spacing ring etc, and turn out to be a real hassle to figure out.

At this point I did think that if nothing else, if it all went in ok, but the spacer ring didn’t fit, I could build a mount ring, or spacers with Sugru. 

Pulled the back covers first.

Measured the case diameters inside, quartz was 0.06″ smaller… PFFT! close enough!    

Pull plastic spacer rings, screw the crowns off (I need to find finer pliers for the next time, Victorinox Spirit tips were a bit big but worked great– you have to hold the inner shaft on the mech, and turn the crown off of it.) 

The mechanical dial was a touch smaller than the quartz one, but did fit ok. 

The mech. watches plastic ring fit the quartz case well enough, just had to whittle off some spacer nubs on its edge.. 

Room enough that the back plate went on too. 

Hands cleared the front glass. 

All perfect.

Except… 

The mechanical movement is thicker. By a few thousandths. So the stem shaft wouldn’t line up with the hole in the case/spring.  At least, not with out offsetting the dial in the case and binding the hands, and the crowns use.. 

I got that figured out with firm placement of the dial in place, and flexing/slightly bending the stem rod to line up, then starting the threads. Once started and seated it simply flexed the shafts where it needed it. 

Unfortunately…. (saw this coming, didn’t you?)

In the process,  I was handling a bare unprotected mechanical movement. That was running slightly… Somewhere I stopped it wrong, or pressed wrong,  or tweaked something… Ended up with a fine loop double up in the main spring/balance spring. 

Even if I could take it apart (oi.) I doubt I could straighten out the spring and make it work.  And I’d probably never get it back together right. 

So, at that point I had a half installed broken movement.  

I went ahead and finished the install, trimming the the plastic ring, etc.  

It all fits and would work great. If it still worked. Lol. 

So now I just need to order another of those watches to canibalize… A little more careful this time. 

Thankfully I’m only out about $12 on the broken one. It’ll still only be a $24 conversion! 😀 

Only took three pics of the whole process, will take more the next time. 


Mechanical spacer ring in quartz case;



The spring after I was done trying to push the loop out… Yeah. 😦


Categories: Custom, Damages, EDC, Improviser, MacGyver, mechanical, Modifications, New Gear, Sentimental, Sugru, Watches

Eco-Drive watch band fix.

Been almost a month (tomorrow! ), but I finally got around to finding my spare spring bars and tool for them, and fixing my EcoDrive Diver. 

Some re-bending the end piece,  take apart clasp to lay it flat, seat the pin, take it apart cause I had the band upside down lol, re seat it right, assemble clasp.

 5, maybe 8 minutes total. Easy peasy. Just wish getting and replacing the lost bezel ring could be that easy. 

Categories: EDC, Modifications, Watches, Wrenching

New Watch Works

New little project. Quartz pocket watch my Dad bought me years ago, that has recently stopped running, on the right.  

New mechanical donor watch on the left. 

Either the works from the new one will go in the other case, or the lid from the old one will go on the new one… 

Lid hinges look pretty close, will try swapping lids first. 

If that don’t do it, I’ll pull the guts, and see about making a custom spacer ring to hold the new works in the other case.

Categories: Custom, EDC, Modifications, New Gear, Sentimental, Watches

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