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Watchmaker’s Lathe – Made in China?

When I was in watchmaking school I had access to some of the best lathes made today. We had a Schaublin 70, a Schaublin 102, and 16 Horia lathes all with just about every attachment available. I learned to use them all and I got spoiled. We were manufacturing parts and making our school watch, […]

Micromechanics, Part II

Part I With our first exam out of the way we turned to our lathes. Before you can turn on the lathe however, you need sharp gravers. We were given a dozen gravers with beautiful diamond shape lozenge tips and then our instructors took them to the grinding wheel and squared them off. Using only […]

Horia Jeweling Tool

Tuesday Tools The Horia Jeweling Tool What is a jeweling tool? Jewels in wristwatches serve as bearing surfaces for pivots. Essentially a gear (wheel) has an axle and the axle rides between two jewels. The axle needs to have some freedom of movement (or endshake) to allow it to rotate freely but not so much […]