Many years ago, I developed a strong interest in watches, and then learned through many ways. I thought I just opened a door. Who would have thought but fell into a vast ocean. This one is out of hand. As the two major achievements of the mechanical industry, mechanical watches and automobiles have similar properties, which are also preferred by many men. Therefore, these two things are often put together for analogy. One of the interesting directions is Refit. Car modification is now commonplace. People who play cars generally have a desire to be able to modify a car that they are satisfied with. The good people used to modify two crickets and now refit four crickets. The watch circle is no exception. There are also some people who like to modify watches, for nothing else, the fun lies. Of course, as with modified cars, this also costs money.
Bamford’s Rolex Yacht-Master
The watch is modified
Speaking of watch modification, I think I have to mention one thing, that is, how the watch was born in the earliest days. We all know that watches have been popular in the last century, but from what time did the first modern watch be born, and then began to prevail, there is no accepted statement so far. However, it is generally recognized that the real arrival of the watch era did not suddenly erupt at one point in time, but gradually became popular. Among them, the watch modified from a pocket watch is the prototype of a modern watch.
Early watches modified from pocket watches Left: Audemars Piguet Middle: Omega Right: Patek Philippe
The 19th century was the time when pocket watches were popular, but because of their large size, the portability of the pocket watches still needed to be improved. Although the pendant watches used as decoration were small but not easy to read, in the late 19th century, some people started to use small pocket watches Lugs or ‘U’ shaped lugs are welded to the case, and then the strap is fitted to make a wearable watch. Such watches, which are modified from small pocket watches, have become increasingly common in the early 20th century. In fact, since it was possible to design and produce small pocket watches at that time, it showed that the ability of R & D and manufacturing of small movements was only limited to hundreds of years of pocket watch design habits. No one designed it directly as a watch.
Hermes’ first watch
Hermès first watch is another trick. It covers a small pocket watch with a case. This case is equipped with a strap and can be worn on the wrist. This modification did not destroy the original appearance of the pocket watch, so if it is in accordance with the current fashion design concept, it can theoretically change a lot of shapes and colors, which should be quite fashionable.
We agree that the two world wars in the first half of the 20th century, due to military needs, greatly accelerated the arrival of the watch era. At that time, watchmaking workshops began to design movements, cases and straps based on the structure of watches modified from pocket watches, combined with the wearing size, scenes and habits of the watches, which were considered real watches. Orders from the army allowed watchmaking workshops to mass-produce watches, which benefited from the post-war civilian market, and watches began to flourish.
Playing with modding, playing with mood
Speaking of modern times, the difference between watch modification and car modification is that the watch is too small and too fine. Any minor damage to the internal movement may affect the quality of the entire watch, so comparison is required. High and energy-intensive, very few people modify the watch. However, the modification does not mean that you have to move the knife on the movement. Most of the time, we only need to slightly modify the appearance, which can bring a lot of fun.
With different colors of Rubber B rubber bands, Rolex has more styles
Most commonly, changing the strap is a modification of the watch. At present, there are many kinds of straps. In addition to the most common belts and metal belts, there are nylon belts and rubber belts represented by Nato style. Many brands now pay attention to fashion and versatility, so they have introduced some designs that can be easily replaced by watch owners. One of the most representative brands is Hublot. You can easily remove the original strap by directly pressing the button on the case, and then you can buy the corresponding style strap according to your preference and size. There is also the Montblanc Bohème Women’s Watch, as well as a convenient device for changing the strap.
Nato leather strap
Nato canvas belt
Nato-style canvas straps in various colors
It is important to note that when changing the strap, you must first measure the size of the strap and the type of buckle. If you want to use the original buckle, you must also measure the width of the strap at the junction of the buckle and the strap. Style, and then find the strap manufacturer to buy or order on the line, most of these can be achieved in almighty treasure. Changing the strap can change your mood, this conversion is low cost, but the fun is endless.
New time for old things
After contacting the watch for a long time, many people will become more and more fond of antique watches or antique cores. The kind of time emanating from old objects cannot be given to new objects. In addition, many old objects are well designed, well-crafted, and more popular. However, the old watch case, hands, and dial surface can rarely be kept intact in the long years, but the movement is often kept a little better, so in order to prevent the movement from dust, it should be a new set of equipment.
Watches with Hamilton 917 and 921 pocket watch movements
Hamilton 921 caliber pocket watch
However, I have seen a lot. Generally, many people like to collect and scour some famous movements, pocket watches or watches in history, and then try to find a way to match the appropriate case, dial, hands and strap. The modification is very interesting. However, because this domestic market is too small, manufacturers generally do not customize it for private individuals, and the cost is too high, so it will save a lot of time to find some watch shops with such customized services. They can help find these accessories, and finally The changes are generally good, but the waiting time is relatively long. If the type of the disk and needle is exactly the type that the owner wants, it will be even more difficult.
I stand forum users do their own hands
The so-called masters are in the private sector. There are indeed some people in China who particularly like to modify watches. Those who have the ability to do it themselves will make their own transformations. This pleasure is comparable to making watches themselves. It takes years to find various accessories. thing. I have seen that the more commonly used movements are Hamilton 921, 917, Volking’s railway pocket watch movement, Piaget 9P, Longines 17L, and so on. Which kind of movement is suitable for modification depends on its good quality and then it is easy to match. Otherwise, the size and position of the head, the diameter and height of the needle pin, the position of the dial pin, etc. will increase the matching parts. Difficulty. These movements are relatively easy to match.
Left: Panerai California face with pocket watch movement right: Watch with Westma movement
This level of modification usually requires sufficient professional knowledge, and some equipment. If it is not ready, it is relatively easy to find a master watchmaker. Otherwise, it is costly and risky. It is easy. Destroyed the good movement that was hard to find.
Those who dare to move modern models are not ordinary people
Modern watches are generally because their age is not long. Compared with the life of mechanical watches, even if they are adolescents, they are rarely used by ordinary watch friends. But it is not ruled out that there are some watch friends, because the original watch is tired, or the appearance parts are relatively damaged, or for other reasons, it is modified. There are still some channels in China that can help to modify watches, but for all modified watches, the brand will always refuse to sell, even pay.
Bamford changed Rolex Aquarams and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Relatively speaking, there are not many private watch owners who change modern watches. At most, they can customize signatures or special dials. Many of these brands can provide them officially. They are customized. But there are some third-party companies that accept modified watches. Among them, the very well-known modification company Bamford is very good at modifying watches that ordinary people like Patek Philippe and Rolex dare not move, and Bamford will cooperate with many design companies to launch some highly personalized watches, and Bamford’s modified watches , The price is often much higher than the original price of the watch, or even several times.
MadeWorn Carved Case Rolex
The American company MadeWorn is also a company that is good at designing and modifying, but their main business is not to modify the watch, but because Mr. Blaine understands the design and happens to like the watch, so he has also modified the watch. His engraved Rolex really made watch lovers covet.
Forum friends watch enamel dial watch
Summary: Watch modification is another way to love watches. It is different from collectors collecting watches. Just like car modification, lovers use it as a fun and a life idea. The mechanical timepiece is to be worn in order to have a story with the watch owner. At the higher level, only watchmakers have the ability to change the movement, just like changing the engine of a car, not a lover.