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    Sweet Tiffany 5 digit

    If you followed my 6 digit LN Genstein build you know that I have been planning this build. My move into the new house is complete. The new machines are on order and the gargemahall is underway.

    I have acquired all of the parts for the build:

    - ST 5 digit Case
    - ST Tube it came with the case will go gen
    - Gen no LEC no AR gently educated crystal
    - Gen Used Tritium hand set perfect patina
    - Gen Used Tritium Dial nicely aged with some grit from I can only suspect was loose hands
    - Gen Date wheel
    - Gen Bezel assembly
    - Gen insert fantastic patina that is starting to go blue Tritium perl
    - Gen Crown
    - Hyper franken 3135 that I built off a VR for my 6 digit build but ended up putting a Gen motor in it so I had this one ready to go for Tiffany
    - Gen 93150 Bracelet wrong date code for the age of the build I am going for and I paid a few hundo too much for it but I got it
    - Gen 501 links they are wrong I know I need 501b but they will work for the time being

    The plan:

    Reshape the case and get it as right as I can considering the CG's. Setup and create the tools and process for pad printing the dial just like Tiffany. The pad printer will be delivered tomorrow, plates and other shit that is needed for the process is on the way. Got a buddy that has a buddy that does laser etching so that will be my first attempt at the plate making. Should be quite the learning adventure. Here is a quick image as "this thread is worthless without pics". As always thanks to RWI and all the Mods that keep the gentlemen's agreement alive and to all that have contributed to my learning in these pages. Any advice or information will be greatly received and I hope for a good build and lively discussion.






    #2
    Can't wait to see this one! Looks like it should be a great build.

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      #3
      Ok got the printer. Needs some help but luckily my mill and lathe are soon to be installed so I will be able to shore up the deficiencies in the machine but over all it will do. Came with a plate and the magnetic ink cup. Got some pads today as well not sure what style to use but that will be part of the experimentation.





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        #4
        OK this is still moving albeit slowly. Many projects and honey do's but it is still on!

        I shored up the Pad Printer and I think it is ready for the next steps. I will be machining a dial plate to hold the dial on the printer. I ordered the stock for the lathe and we will see if my idea pans out. I also have a new watch makers bench that I bought. It was flat packed and I built it with many reinforcements, glue, brads and screws and a coat of paint so my wife would let it in the house LOL. Now it is a worthy bench. I was going to build one but that project will have to wait.

        So I will post back once the machining starts so you guys can see the setup. Again any ideas or helpful tips form anyone that has done this before would be greatly appreciated!





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          #5
          Alright I have been messing with some designs on the dial holder for the printer. Got a hunk of 6061 in the lathe ready to go and will start prototyping the holder. Now it is starting to get fun!

          I have also been following a thread https://forum.replica-watch.info/for...se-observation from lawlessflyer and has been very helpful in understanding the ST case re-shaping. I am not quite ready for that yet and still am not sure of the the process I am going to use. There is the Dremel, Files or what I may end up using is my milling machine and a rotary table we will see.

          Last edited by alfonzo; 13-02-20, 17:05.

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            #6
            Originally posted by alfonzo View Post
            Alright I have been messing with some designs on the dial holder for the printer. Got a hunk of 6061 in the lathe ready to go and will start prototyping the holder. Now it is starting to get fun!

            I have also been following a thread https://forum.replica-watch.info/for...se-observation from lawlessflyer and has been very helpful in understanding the ST case re-shaping. I am not quite ready for that yet and still am not sure of the the process I am going to use. There is the Dremel, Files or what I may end up using is my milling machine and a rotary table we will see.

            Very nice lathe! You could do nice stuff with!
            Just don't forget measuring instruments to control your pieces.

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              #7
              Thanks and yes for sure. I have every possible indicator, dial caliper, micrometer, depth gauge etc.. I agree that without precision measurement tools you have no precision.

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                #8
                What a wonderful setup. Pad printing is something I would dearly love to get into - but as with so many interests, it's likely I'll only get to enjoy it vicariously through this sort of thread! I'll be following this with great interest. Also, I lack precision, and reading this sort of thread will hopefully help me attain a little...

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by alfonzo View Post
                  OK this is still moving albeit slowly. Many projects and honey do's but it is still on!

                  I shored up the Pad Printer and I think it is ready for the next steps. I will be machining a dial plate to hold the dial on the printer. I ordered the stock for the lathe and we will see if my idea pans out. I also have a new watch makers bench that I bought. It was flat packed and I built it with many reinforcements, glue, brads and screws and a coat of paint so my wife would let it in the house LOL. Now it is a worthy bench. I was going to build one but that project will have to wait.

                  So I will post back once the machining starts so you guys can see the setup. Again any ideas or helpful tips form anyone that has done this before would be greatly appreciated!




                  Wow wow wow! That's a pro setup right there... I would definitely take some time and really tweek the case work of your beauty Tiffany.

                  You can get into some serious projects with that lathe as well and mùcho moneys

                  following your thread mate!

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                    #10
                    Started the turning last night. Just roughing it out but I think this is going to work just fine.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by alfonzo View Post
                      Started the turning last night. Just roughing it out but I think this is going to work just fine.

                      This is for the movement holder you were saying?

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                        #12
                        Yeah, I am turning the middle diameter down to 29mm and will be about 4mm deep. I will punch 2 holes for the dial feet. I am also going to do a dead center hole that is the diameter of the hands gear holes in the dial to help center and align the printing head with a removable alignment bar. I will run set screws into the side of the holder to lock in the feet. Still working out the mount that the holder will sit into. Then mount will allow rotation of the holder for aligning the X and Y relative to the center pin.

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                          #13
                          Not sure if this is going to make the final cut but I like where I am heading. There is a little more to do before I scrap it and start over LOL. At least this will serve to illustrate what I am shooting for on the holder for the printer.




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                            #14
                            Wow is the only reaction that comes to mind: asidr from simply in awe.
                            That looks amazing, Brother.
                            Thanks for directing me this way: I'll most definitely enjoy watching this transpire.
                            "Build it and they will come".

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                              #15
                              Since the Vid has allowed me to catch up on some projects I found a little time to do some more figuring and machining. I can't get out to get a more appropriate piece of 6061 but I had a big piece of scrap I machined down. Here is the beginning of the mounting plate. I will be recessing the dial holder and cutting some slots in the plate for some little arms that will act like a vise and hold the dial plate. It will allow me to rotate it on center to dial in the horizontal alignment of the printing (pun intended). More to follow just thought this thread needed an update.




                              Last edited by alfonzo; 31-03-20, 01:36.

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