Hey everyone, I’m Warren Chang, a fellow WIS and follower of Mitka’s blog. As an avid tinkerer, I have wondered, like many others, if 3D-printing could bring any benefits to the table for watchmakers and watch enthusiasts.
A friend of mine, who is one of the most talented clock makers from the UK, decided to service his trusty Seiko. Clock tools are not ideal for watches so after loosing a cap jewel the project was abandoned. It would be cheaper to buy a new Seiko 5 than having this one serviced. We both think it would be a shame to leave it in that state, so I offered to put it back together as a favour.
Most people around me (at work, among my friends or relatives) don’t wear a watch, their phones have in-built time displays that do the same job. Some wear modern smart watches that have tremendous practical functionalities like; e-mail receivers, heart monitors etc. Others wear super robust sports watches, that can easily survive being dropping off a cliff and then thrown into the ocean. A few even have mega expensive brand watches, that show off their good taste (or lack of). To be honest wearing a vintage watch is not the best way of telling the time. Most quartz watches are 100 times more accurate, than even the most accurate mechanical watch. Most vintage watches have poor water and shock resistance compared to a Casio G-shock. As for showing off wealth (in most cases) a mid 60’s Omega Seamster in excellent original condition would cost you approximately £800-1200 compared to a new Seamster that starts at £3K. Vintage watches in daily use also require routine service intervals, that can turn expensive when non existent parts need replacing.