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Oklahoma State University’s Calibre 23-11

by J.Edwards

Some really neat projects are starting to pop up at Rolex backed watchmaking schools in the States, which include Lititz, OSU, and NSCC. One of the most notable I’ve seen recently is Oklahoma State University’s Calibre 23-11, which is a faculty designed ebauche (rough watch movement) that is finished and assembled by each of the students. All of this is made possible by the advent of more and more affordable CAD/CAM technologies. The video below offers an overview of the design process and the subsequent stages of finishing carried out by the students at OSU. I think this is a fantastic way to learn the basics of our craft. Enjoy.

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  1. Dan
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    No CNC machine for us up in Seattle. The closest thing to this that we did was a 6497 3/4 plate. Not quite as cool. A classmate of mine did however make his out of wood. it was… interesting.

  2. Posted August 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Do you know what kind of wood he chose to use for his 3/4 plate? Most wood watches I’ve seen eventually ended up cracking or having the gears bind as the wood expands and contracts with changes temperature and relative humidity.

    We didn’t have any CNC equipment when I went through school, either. While I’ve never attended the NSCC as a student, from what I’ve seen, it has evolved a long way over the years, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if the program invests in one eventually. This is a fairly new project out of OSU.

    The 3/4 plate project is an interesting undertaking in its own right. While I’m sure you know all about it, others may be interested to see this video from Lititz on Youtube as well.

  3. Dan
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Iron Wood? You’ll have to ask him yourself

  4. Aaron Rex
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Where do the movement parts come from? I’m guessing the ETA 7001? Great project!!

  5. J.Peter
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I believe you are correct. It is the ETA 7001

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