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Hi - I see a lot of bezel inserts for Seiko watches, but how are those made? If I have a design I want engraved on a blank insert, how would I have that done? Are there bezel engravers? Do they use CNC, laser, water-jet, etc.?

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Today I'm sure it's CNC. When I was a machinist, we had this router called a Kantograph that was attached to the work or a fixture. You put letter patterns in a holder and then traced them onto the work by running a stylus through the slots in the patterns (and I believe I remember having to hold the router head down on the work).
 

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Today I'm sure it's CNC. When I was a machinist, we had this router called a Kantograph that was attached to the work or a fixture. You put letter patterns in a holder and then traced them onto the work by running a stylus through the slots in the patterns (and I believe I remember having to hold the router head down on the work).
Pantograph but you are correct that's how they work. I had one. It took two hands one to trace in the letters or patterns and the other to press the head down to the work. Great tool to have. I used mine to engrave a few one off dials and they came out great.
 

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Funny, I was looking at some Kantographs in google images and they looked different than I remember. They looked mostly for carving nameplates in plastic that has wood grain on the surface and white in the middle, you know, really old school IBM campus sorta look.

I distinctly remember using it on an equipment panel to label the control positions, so it sat on the panel such that the engraver stuck out the bottom. Probably a different model or make; I remember it as German and I see Kanto Graph was Japanese. Well, that's what 40 years of time does to you.
 
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