Welcome to our regular Sunday feature, Watch Video Rewind, where we point you to videos of interest related (at least somewhat) to watch making. This week, I thought I would highlight a few materials that pop up in watchmaking.
Damascus Steel is, in my opinion, one of the most attractive metal treatments available. Typically seen in knives, it has made it way into watchmaking, especially in the Gustafsson and Sjögren Watches. Interestingly, the actual methodology behind the making of this metal has been lost to time, but modern smiths have created various ways to recreate this metal. The videos above show two different ways to make it.
Next up is forged carbon fiber. The first minute and a half of the video shows the process Audemars Piguet uses to make a forged carbon fiber watch case blank.
Finally, ceramic, especially for the bezels of dive watches. The video above shows off Rolex’s bezel, with a layer of gold laid onto the ceramic for a little extra bling.
That’s it for this week’s watch video rewind. If you stumble across any interesting watch (or time) related videos out there, drop us a line. If we end up using it from your suggestion, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.