WatchUSeek Watch Forums banner
1 - 20 of 31 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,333 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Here is my latest rendition of Fairwater, the circles and 12'oclock markers will be painted by hand with luminous paint.

Comments welcomed and appreciated.

I'm going to make my own dial blank out of galvanized steel, this is what I have lying around, is there any reason why I should not just go out an buy some sheet brass?

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
566 Posts
I like what I see a lot! really great combo of long minute dashes and circles. Not 100% sure about the 12 o'clock markers. They don't look exactly in proportion with the rest of the dial
also "FairWater" and "Automatic" could use some letter kerning.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,341 Posts
I think if you distinguish the markers at 3-6-9 a little from the rest of the circles, it would help the dial "pop" a little more.

Maybe oblong/oval them out, or increase the size slightly...not really sure, but something to differentiate them would look good in my opinion!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Round the edges off at the 12 o'clock marker just slightly more. Otherwise it's a great design.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,333 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Thank you for the comments.

Here are a few more drawings. On the tooth I made the 3-6-9 slightly bigger.


 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,333 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
I was thinking about it, my only reservation is that it would be very difficult to paint by hand with luminous paint
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
A neat design Solex! I like your decision to put the flower as the 12 o clock marker. I also like the chosen font for Fairwater, it really gives me a diving feel.

For my own taste I would reduce and compress the text to about half the size.

Will be interesting to see your dial in a case. What kind of case will you choos for this one?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,420 Posts
The long & short chapters are visually distracting. I give you credit for NOT putting in those 4 subchapters between each minute chapter; it is, afterall, not a chronograph.

Good luck with your design.

heb
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
566 Posts
if you worry about painting the flower, you can try making it even bigger. I think the design will allow this, covering about +20 degrees
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,333 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
A neat design Solex! I like your decision to put the flower as the 12 o clock marker. I also like the chosen font for Fairwater, it really gives me a diving feel.

For my own taste I would reduce and compress the text to about half the size.

Will be interesting to see your dial in a case. What kind of case will you choos for this one?
Thank you, I will be using a Planet Ocean type case
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,333 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
if you worry about painting the flower, you can try making it even bigger. I think the design will allow this, covering about +20 degrees
When I print it out I will see if my oiler will allow me to paint
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Great work! I really get the diver feel with a twist.
I would loose the small minute markers before and after the 3-6-9-12 markers.

Just to give it a bit more air!

Good luck
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,333 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
my personal favorite would look like this
but on this stage it's nice to see the hands. What hands do you plan to use here?
I plan on using Polunger hands, I put back the longer indices because I thought the dial was looking sparse. I will post pictures soon, I just printed the dial and will need to apply some clear.

Thank you
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,333 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
After 3 tries to get the dial right I'm finally finished and pleased with the results. Here is the procedure I followed:

The Dial

  1. Fabricated a 31 mm blank dial from sheet brass 0.015" thick and installed dial feet
  2. Painted the dial white and wet sanded with 3000 grit
  3. Printed the dial on white water-slide decal on a 1200 dpi printer. The decal was painted with several coats of clear prior cutting or affixing to the dial, I left a white border so the black boundary would be crisp. There is a white border near the chapter ring which I did not plan on but looks good IMHO
  4. All paint was dried for 2 days prior to handling
    1. Note spray painting needs to be done in light layers spread a few minutes apart also once you are done spraying you cannot spray again for at least 48 hours. If the printed procedures are not followed the underlying white paint and the decal will lift. This is the reason it took me three tries.
    2. Because it is relatively cold now I heated the spray can in hot water prior to painting
    3. Painting the decal prior to applying yielded the best results because the black laser printer ink can become blotchy when in water and handling when applying to the dial. This is not a major issue but it does require touch up with a Sharpe prior to painting with clear
    4. I really need to setup some sort of a spray boot to minimize the dust
  5. After fitting the decal and letting it dry for 24 hours, I sealed the edges of the decal with matte clear coat (hand painted)
  6. The circle indexes were painted with two coats of luminous paint

The Bezel
  1. Purchased a matte ceramic bezel insert
  2. Mixed orange using Testors yellow, red and white. Note: yellow is the based color, use red a little at a time to get the correct shade and a little white to brighten the final orange
  3. The insert was hand painted with an oiler making sure the paint was thin enough to flow and let it dry over night under heat. An X-ACTO knife was used at a shallow angle to remove excess paint after it was completely dry
    1. There is a little excess paint that will come off naturally with use
  4. The insert did not exactly fit the bezel and I really wanted and interference fit (press in).
  5. I made the jig picture to remove a few thousands of an inch using a pointed file and finished with several grits of sand paper from 320 to 2000
  6. The click spring was shortened by 1/2 to remove slop and also tighten up the bezel action

Finished off with a custom made elephant hide strap and stainless thumb nail buckle

Thank you again for your input on the dial design.
 

Attachments

1 - 20 of 31 Posts
Top