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DIY watch making kit

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Hi all,

Has anybody tried a DIY watch making kit and if so how did you find it?

This is a potential birthday present for a 13 year old who is really into puzzles and Lego. What is the difficulty level and do you think a 13 year old could handle the kit and make the watch.

I think it could make a cool and interesting present.
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It’s something I’ve mean intending to investigate for myself. Seems the DIY and Rotate brands have had good success and interest. I believe someone here posted their experience with one of these but I cannot recall who.
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@TMW And just after posting…

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Awesome review.

Thanks for the link!
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TMW wrote: Wed Jun 14, 2023 3:30 pm Hi all,

Has anybody tried a DIY watch making kit and if so how did you find it?

This is a potential birthday present for a 13 year old who is really into puzzles and Lego. What is the difficulty level and do you think a 13 year old could handle the kit and make the watch.

I think it could make a cool and interesting present.
Hi @TMW - I started that other thread after building a kit, and to directly answer your question, I reckon it'd make a perfect gift for a 13 year old (assuming you can get them to avoid video games for 60-90 minutes :lol: )

As I said in my write-up, it's a lot like a more detailed Lego kit, in that the pieces all fit together and just need a little care to put together - putting the hands on was the hardest and most time consuming part, but very rewarding. The video instructions that come with the kit are also excellent.

If I was doing one again I'd probably invest in some of those goggles that let you zoom in on really small things, as using a single loupe made it difficult to understand the depth of what I was doing. I also added in the wee movement holder to my kit which definitely made things a little easier when it came to fitting the dial and hands.

Please report back if you do go ahead and get one, it's great to hear how others get on with them :)
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