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    Bakelite Inserts (Pic Heavy)

    Hi folks,

    This is a repost from RWG. I would have posted it here earlier but my account was just restored. Anyway -

    I would like to offer a special thanks toBart CordellandNCRichor providing me with all the measurements and moral support that I needed to complete this project.

    For the past few months I've been working on a project that I'm sure many vintage watch enthusiasts have considered embarking on themselves - creating a bakelite bezel insert for the 6542. This all started off because A) I thought these inserts were beautiful and B) I wanted to create an affordable alternative to the $250-500 Vietnam inserts. After many months of struggling with seemingly every little task, I finally managed to get a decent end product. So, before I spoil you with pictures....how did I do it?

    Well, first off I decided that the easiest way to do this damn thing would be with 3D printing, as I am familiar with AutoCAD. So I downloaded as many reference photos I could find of original bakelite inserts, threw them into Adobe Illustrator and began making a pattern that I would later import into CAD.



    There were many iterations of this drawing. Some of the earlier ones I experimented on with Blender, a free 3D modeling program. These attempts were very crude, and I ditched this program eventually as it was causing many headaches.



    After weeks of tinkering around, I was satisfied with the drawing I had created, and I found an excellent alternative to Blender that was much more intuitive to use - so I imported the pattern and got to modeling. At the beginning, I figured it would be smart to make a 3D model of amoldfor a bezel so I could pour in clear plastic andÂ*create as many as I needed to - makes sense right? Well apparently plastic bonds to plastic, so this idea - and the many 3D models that came with it - were tossed out the window.

    Bye!



    Now my only option was to model the bezel itself, which was actually less annoying than trying to model a mold for one. Here are renderings I created from my first effort, not too bad but still a lot to improve clearly.





    After much refining, I came up with something that I thought was reasonably accurate enough to print.



    So I did. I received my baby in the mail after waiting for two looonnng weeks.



    I was overjoyed! Now all I needed was a mold. I did much research, and came to the conclusion that a silicon mold was my best option to produce clear resin castings. Here's what I came up with. The pencil became the pour spout and the toothpicks are to allow trapped air bubbles to escape. This is when I started to realize why these things are so damn expensive.











    Now all I had to do was pour in the resin, produce a bunch of really shitty reproductions because I have no idea what I'm doingÂ*(seriously, so shitty), until I finally managed to create this:



    A crystal clear "bakelite" insert. I decided that I wanted the lume to actually function as per the original, so I bought some powder and delicately painted it into the numerals. I then hand painted both the red and the blue halves. Here it is halfway finished andÂ*with only one coat of paint.



    A finished insert


    Another one





    A lume shot



    VS the real deal




    Thanks for reading.
    Â*

    #2
    Impressive. To say the least. So how many did you do?
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      #3
      After weeks of tinkering around, I was satisfied with the drawing I had created, and I found an excellent alternative to Blender that was much more intuitive to use - so I imported the pattern and got to modeling.
      Interested to know what that is, thanks

      Impressive results by the way, ready for production ?? ahahha
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        #4
        Impressive! A piece of art and a piece of engineering...


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          #5
          Woooww !!! Good really good job !!

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            #6
            Very impressed!



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              #7
              Originally posted by kilowattore View Post
              Impressive. To say the least. So how many did you do?
              5 so far, but I can make as many as I'd like.

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                #8
                Nice!
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by repmaster1234 View Post

                  5 so far, but I can make as many as I'd like.
                  So the next question is which case is this going to fit into?
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                    #10
                    Super cool

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by kilowattore View Post

                      So the next question is which case is this going to fit into?
                      It's gen spec. Fits in a gen spec bezel. I can make them in literally any size though.

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                        #12
                        Serious skills there! any more pics of them fitted?

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                          #13
                          Very impressive results!
                          Add me to the list when you're ready to take orders!

                          Thx for all your hard work......it really paid off!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Watch-addict View Post
                            Serious skills there! any more pics of them fitted?
                            Here it is on a cartel 1675 bezel

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by steve3sc View Post
                              Very impressive results!
                              Add me to the list when you're ready to take orders!

                              Thx for all your hard work......it really paid off!
                              +1, kindly please do let me know ...

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