In the fourth instalment of our series on George Daniels’ book, Watchmaking, Chris and Jon discuss the watchmaker’s lathe, its uses, and what to look for when buying one.

Peter Speake-Marin joins Chris and Jon for a conversation about life as an independent watchmaker and his most recent endeavour, The Naked Watchmaker Project. This is part two of two. Part one can be listened to here.

Peter Speake-Marin joins Chris and Jon for a conversation about life as an independent watchmaker and his most recent endeavour, The Naked Watchmaker Project. This is part one of two.


Chris and Jon discuss the horological parts of Chris’ recent trip to the UK, including Greenwich, a visit with the #watchnerd, pad printing, and the BHI’s chronograph course.

Purple Car Wrap in Macao

The sky was too overcast for Chris to read the time on Jon’s favourite sundial in Greenwich

Chris returns from the Goldsmiths’ Company Jewellery Materials Congress. He and Jon discuss Crown Jewels, gold jugs, and the horrible things people do to nice cars.

Chris Presenting at the Jewellery Materials Congress

Chris holding a solid gold Claret Jug

Jon and Chris continue their series on George Daniels’ book Watchmaking, delving into the craft of drafting and various forms of magnification useful to watchmakers.

Jon and Chris discuss the tribulations of baking the world’s best chocolate chip cookies, as well as a new method Chris is experimenting with to rapidly prototype watch dials.

Stuck on Runways

Episode 45

Chris and Jon continue discussing Chris’ month of travel. This episode they discuss Makers Central and the Santa Fe Symposium.

Flying Cap Jewels

Episode 44

Chris has returned from a month of travel. He and Jon discuss the day/date and automatic course he took at the British Horological Institute.

  • BHI Short Courses Chris recently attended another short course at the British Horological Institute
  • Seth Kennedy Antiquarian watchmaker Seth Kennedy
  • Cousins A horological supply house in the UK
  • ETA 6497 Assembly of an ETA 6497 pocket watch caliber
  • ETA 2836-2 One of the watch calibers Chris worked with on this trip to the BHI
  • Seiko 7S26 The other caliber Chris worked with on this trip to the BHI
  • Tissot Powermatic 80 An inexpensive Tissot containing one of ETA’s newer, free-sprung calibers (the C07.111) that is otherwise very similar in construction to the ETA 2836-2
  • Eterna 39 Chris is basing his watches on variants of Eterna’s caliber 39
  • Romain Gauthier Screw heads with a cruel twist
  • Witschi Dry Tester Witschi makes a range of waterproof testing equipement that can evaluate the seal integrity of a watch case without using water
  • Waterproof Tester A basic wet tester for evaluating the water resistance of a watch case
  • Seiko Magic Lever A video overview of how the winding system in a Seiko watch operates
  • TAG Heuer 1887 One of the few “Swiss” watch calibers that employ Seiko’s Magic Lever style winding system, based heavily on Seiko’s 6S37 chronograph caliber
  • Atmos Clock
  • Atmos for the Wrist The patent for the late Steven Phillips’ temperature responsive “Eternal Winding System”
  • Eternal Winding System An archived version of the official webpage for the late Steven Phillips’ “Eternal Winding System”

Chris and Jon continue their discussion of George Daniels’ book Watchmaking. In this episode they discuss work benches.

George Daniels’ workbench

  • Plier Rack Jon uses a towel rack/drawer pull like this to keep pliers & similar tools organized & close at hand
  • Jewellers Work Bench The style of bench Chris referenced, useful for catching filings & swarf while making components

Chris and Jon begin a series discussing George Daniels’ book Watchmaking.

Burn Quite Nicely

Episode 41

Chris and Jon talk about a unique balance wheel, resin-based 3D printers, and wireless earbuds. If you’re in Birmingham, UK on May 11 or 12, 2019 be sure to drop by Makers Central and say hi to Chris.

This episode of Off Hours was made possible in part
thanks to the Santa Fe Symposium

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  • Frodsham Double Impulse Chronometer There was a blunder last episode & the Frodsham dial was errantly referred to as enamel when it is ceramic, thankfully we were more on the ball back in Episode 14
  • The Watchnerd Many thanks to The Watchnerd for graciously pointing out our Frodsham gaffe
  • Soldering Iron Bluing Last episode, Jon mentioned he had experimented in the past with bluing steel using a soldering iron, turns out Nicholas Hacko, in Australia, has fabricated an interesting soldering iron accessory for bluing small screws
  • Another Take on Bluing with a Soldering Iron Inspired by Nicholas Hacko’s soldering iron jig, Instagram user, 3hands_studio, from South Korea, developed the concept further with his own soldering iron jig
  • Akrivia Bluing This promotional video for Akrivia shows Rexhep using a bluing tray, akin to the one Clickspring has published a video & plans for

  • Winnerl Chronometer A finely finished timepiece with a unique, cupped balance wheel, crafted by Bernhard Zwinz, based on a marine chronometer by Joseph Thaddeus Winnerl
  • Philippe Dufour
  • Greubel Forsey
  • Stefan Kudoke

  • Makex M-Jewelry The 3D printer that Chris is currently using
  • Peopoly Moai A new, SLA printer with heated chamber that Chris is considering upgrading to
  • Jack Row A pen maker based in the United Kingdom
  • Form 3L Formlabs recently announced the Form 3 & massive new Form 3L

  • Powerbeats Pro New wireless earbuds from Beats built on the same technology as Apple’s Airpods, a little bulkier, but with longer battery life & some degree of passive noise cancellation
  • AirPods The battery life on Chris’ Airpods ain’t what it used to be
  • BeatsX A tethered set of earbuds from Beats also built on the same underlying tech as Apple’s Airpods, with longer battery life & passive noise cancellation
  • Sony WCH500 Nothing to write home about, reliable Bluetooth headphones Jon uses around the house that boast a battery life long enough it’s not something you really have to think about
  • S530 Bluetooth Earbud A Bluetooth earbud so inexpensive & unobtrusively small you can always have one on you & not worry for a second about losing it or putting it through the wash, Jon nearly always has one close at hand to listen to audiobooks & podcasts
  • X1T Bluetooth Earbud Another relatively inexpensive earbud Jon has tried, bulkier than the S530, it’s one upside is its ability to skip forward by double clicking on the earbud
  • Overcast Jon & Chris’ podcast player of choice

  • Makers Central Chris will be exhibiting at Makers Central with Rich Loen on May 11 & 12th 2019
  • Rich Loen