Where to buy flamed blue steel watch hands?

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Where to buy flamed blue steel watch hands?

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I'm interested in getting into some watch modding, and one aspect I would like to add to one of my watches in particular is applying flamed blue (or thermally blued as its also known) minute and seconds hands. I've had a look online and can't seem to find anywhere that sells them in particular. I know it's a time consuming and therefore expensive process to thermally blue steel so perhaps it isn't something that can be purchased but rather kits to do it yourself.
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Out of interest are the holes in watch hands a standard diameter, or would you buy them without holes, and drill your own. Also is the hand length significant.
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JAFO wrote: Mon Apr 10, 2023 4:41 pm Out of interest are the holes in watch hands a standard diameter, or would you buy them without holes, and drill your own. Also is the hand length significant.
No, no and yes! :)

There is some commonality across similar movements- eg, 2892,2824,sw200, but that's offset by having different hand fitting heights available to purchase!

Here's the diagram for the SW200-1- the second, minute and hour posts are 0.25, 0.9, 1.5 hand fitting are fairly common, however movements can be bought in 6 different hand height variations!
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However across different manufacturer's there are a huge number of hand hole dimensions available! For example a Miyota 9015 has 0.17, 1 and 1.52mm. The hand length needs to be appropriate to the width of the dial.

You'd not drill your own holes in the hands although the holes could be broached out a small amount. The holes have a flange to secure onto the pinion.
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Re: Where to buy flamed blue steel watch hands?

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Well for you I dived/dove into EBay with "blued watch hands". There'll be Cousins in the UK.
C60 MKI, MKII, MKIII: "some",
C6 & C60 Kingfishers,
C600 Tritechs,
C63 "some",
C65 "some",
C4, C40, C8, C9, C3, C5, C20 & 23FLE
Some other brands
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Re: Where to buy flamed blue steel watch hands?

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richtel wrote: Mon Apr 10, 2023 8:59 pm
JAFO wrote: Mon Apr 10, 2023 4:41 pm Out of interest are the holes in watch hands a standard diameter, or would you buy them without holes, and drill your own. Also is the hand length significant.
No, no and yes! :)

There is some commonality across similar movements- eg, 2892,2824,sw200, but that's offset by having different hand fitting heights available to purchase!

Here's the diagram for the SW200-1- the second, minute and hour posts are 0.25, 0.9, 1.5 hand fitting are fairly common, however movements can be bought in 6 different hand height variations!

Screenshot 2023-04-10 203050.jpg

However across different manufacturer's there are a huge number of hand hole dimensions available! For example a Miyota 9015 has 0.17, 1 and 1.52mm. The hand length needs to be appropriate to the width of the dial.

You'd not drill your own holes in the hands although the holes could be broached out a small amount. The holes have a flange to secure onto the pinion.

Screenshot 2023-04-10 204131.jpg
The wide variety of styles is probably why it's hard to buy a specific size as a stock item then.
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