Why so expensive? Part 1 Beveling

» Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Watch parts are damned complicated.

There are 3 major groups of which each is divided into many subgroups.

But it is tedious for people who simply wish to know the easy and fast way.

So I would try.

1 Beveling

Watches have many edges.

Look at both the rounded and the flat edges.

These edges have surfaces which require finishing, a term you encounter among collectors.

Finishing is simply what it is…finishing a part, polishing and cleaning.

Today, direct machining can accomplish this.

Polish can be done by brushing machines and chemicals too.

But to achieve a superlative polish, the legendary black polish, which you can google, means to polish till reflections can be seen as total black among all colors, as well.

Machines can achieve grey or up to dark grey.

To polish a small part can take a rare craftsman up to 10 to 12 hours.

A watch, up to 7 years of work or billing time.

Have a look:

First:  a hand made and hand finished work.


Then a short series of pictures of a hand made, hand finished watch, all of the pics are of my own watch, and how it hardly aged…over 12 years.

Of course, some parts are machined, before completing by hand.s6

The legendary Greubel Forsey 30 degree Vision

The legendary Greubel Forsey 30 degree Vision

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Examine the edges and surfaces of both.


Followed by an industrial machined finish of superlative quality in the second last picture for reference, to the very last picture of a hand finished work.

industrialprice difference is more than 20 times!




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