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A Primer on Making Watch Wheels

by J.Edwards

Roger W. Smith, the sole apprentice of legendary watchmaker George Daniels, has brought to life yet another gem of experience from Daniels’ masterwork Watchmaking. You may recall the series of 10 short, tutorial videos from Smith that we featured previously here on Tick Talk, which detailed the careful work involved in finishing a set of bespoke, blued steel watch hands. This time around, Smith has created a short trilogy of videos that showcase aspects of chapters 4 & 5 of Watchmaking, offering an over-the-shoulder look at the process of crafting bespoke watch gears.

Cutting the Gear Blanks

Polishing the Pinion Flanks

Burnishing Pivots & Riveting the Pinion to the Wheel

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