Building your own watch is a great way to get a unique timepiece that's tailored to your own personal style. It's also a fun and rewarding way to spend a weekend afternoon, and it's easy enough that it can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels. You don't need to go to watchmaking school in Switzerland to build your own watch, that's for sure.

If you're thinking about building your own watch, but you're not sure where to start, don't worry. 

The first step is to gather your supplies. You can refer to this blog post for a checklist on all the different parts you need to build your own watch.

Once you have your supplies, it's time to start assembling your watch. The first step is to install the movement in the case. This is usually a relatively simple process that can be done with a few basic tools.

Once the movement is installed, it's time to add the dial and hands. The dial is the face of the watch, and the hands are what tell you the time. There are many different styles of dials and hands available, so you can choose the ones that best match your personal style. Check out this post if you'd like to learn a bit more about how to install hands on your watch.

The final step is to install the crystal. The crystal is the clear cover that protects the dial, hands, and inner workings of your watch. There are lots of different types of crystals available - we recommend sapphire crystals, because they're a huge yet inexpensive upgrade to the Hardlex crystals that most Seiko watches come with.

Once your watch is assembled, it's finally time to wind it and set the time. You can wind your watch by turning the crown, which is the small knob on the side of the watch. To set the time, simply turn the hour and minute hands to the correct time.

Building your own watch is a great way to get a unique and stylish timepiece. It's also a fun and rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels.

Why Building Your Own Watch Could Be More Satisfying Than Buying One Off the Shelf

There are many reasons why building your own watch could be more satisfying than buying one off the shelf.

First, building your own watch gives you the opportunity to create a truly unique timepiece. You can choose the style of the case, dial, and hands to create a watch that perfectly reflects your personal style.

Second, building your own watch is a great way to learn about watchmaking. As you assemble your watch, you'll learn about the different components of a watch and how they work together. This knowledge can be helpful if you ever need to repair or service your watch in the future.

Third, building your own watch is a fun and rewarding experience. It's a great way to relax and de-stress, and it's also a sense of accomplishment when you finally finish your watch.

If you're interested in building your own watch, there are many resources available to help you get started. There are books, websites, and even YouTube videos that can teach you the basics of watchmaking.

A fuss-free way to get started is our namokimods DIY Watchmaking Kits. These come with all the parts and tools you need to build your very own watch. We include illustrated instructions as well to guide you step-by-step.

If you're looking for a fun and rewarding project, consider building your own watch. It's a great way to create a unique timepiece that you'll be proud to wear.

May 21, 2023 — Glen H