Best of British
We meet the chaps at Bremont, and attempt to make a very tough watch
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
Next up it's time to insert the bi-directional rotating bezel into the back of the case, a process that starts by inserting four teeny ball bearings into their tiny slots. You need the steady hand of a heart surgeon to get this right. Unfortunately, I have trembling butcher's hands, but after more pantomime involving a steamed-up eyeglass, a sneeze and resultant ball bearing loss, the bezel is finally in place. Having inserted the anti-shock ring, the next stage feels like progress as the movement, complete with face and dials, is screwed into place. With my eye adjusting to the microscopic world of the watchmaker, things seem to be getting easier, and the bigger screws that hold the key elements in place slot in relatively easily. Then the screws start to get smaller, a lot smaller. Some are as small as poppy seeds. After many attempts, more swearing and a few lost screws, the majority of the puzzle is in place. The final element before sealing the caseback is the addition of the rotary pendulum which turns the watch into an automatic self-winder, through the oscillation of its weight (see p29). With the gears meshing with the rest of the movement, I screw in the world's smallest screw with the world's smallest torque screwdriver, before finally sealing the backplate with the final six screws.