We are late in starting our blog this year as we have been reasonably busy.We have had several enquiries from Europe and currently we are working with Malachiteto make a series of dials.
The watch enthusiasts particularly those who are in the process of building their own watches are an important part of our business, they have some interesting ideas for making their watches unique.
The various types of natural gemstone we use for our dials is what makes their watch unique,and we are happy to send out scans of gemstone if requested.
We have plenty of examples of our Gemstones on our Website also. but please contact me through my contact page if you have any questions.
We are close to Christmas now. We have found some interesting projects the past few weeks. we made a Tiger Eye Dial for a Bueche- Girod Watch.and a pearl dial for a 1920s ladies watch that had a lot of sentimental value.
Spring is here,Business is quiet due to the financial uncertainity.
Black lipped pearl shell is becoming more difficult to find , however we have some in stock and have just made a very nice dial for a Rado watch. A new Opal Field has opened in Coober Pedy with some luck we may see some nice Opal on the market which has been scarce in recent times.
Please look on my Exquisite Opal page as I have a few nice Opal stones on display.
I am always happy to send scans of my dials if you are thinking of renovating or building a watch.
Winter is here and it is very cold in Adelaide. My latest project is making and fitting an Opal dial to a Seiko Kinetic Mens watch. We have had some very unusual Lapis Lazuli with a large splash of gold pyrites which has proved to be very popular.
We had an interesting project early this month making an inlay in Mother of Pearl for a ladies antique watch
which was a rhomboid shape, with a square cut out in the centre of the inlay,very pleased with the result.
Watch makers collectors and Geeks please contact me if you have any queries.
I spent the day cutting some beautiful natural Tiger Eye slices to be ready for watch dial replacements.In 2008 I made replacement dials for Piaget, Bueche-Girod and ladies Tudor watches.I have also replaced a large Opal stone in a ring where the stone had been broken.
This month I am cutting natural silver Mother of Pearl dials for a customer in the UK
This month has been quite busy with several enquiries from different countries including the United States, England and Armenia.We have just finished a Lapis Lazuli Dial for an Omega Seamaster watch and a Malachite dial for a Ladies Piaget watch.Now our extreme weather has cooled a bit. I am about to cut pairs of opals for earings, which are in demand. I welcome enquiries anytime.
I have just finished a Lapis Dial for a Bueche-Girod Watch which is for the U.S.I have a ladies Tudor watch , which is having an Opal Dial , I have made several of these and they look stunning.
With the beginning of Winter approaching here in Adelaide. we are getting a few enquiries for our Watch Dials.particularly for Opal. The mining of opal at Coober Pedy in South Australia is at a standstill but fortunately we have some nice rough Opal for cutting up to 28mm.dials.I welcome any enquiries.
Business has been quiet , but we are looking to buying medium to high grade watches to refurbish with gemstone dials.This month we have made 2 lapis Dials for mens watches and also a created opal dial for a mens watch. Please contact me for any queries you may have.
Many watch enthusiasts are looking to repairing and changing the dials in their watches. Due to the economic situation,it is cheaper to add a new dial than buy an expensive watch.At present I am working on Lapis Lazuli dials and also making an Abalone dial for a client, I will add a picture of it to my website shortly. If you have any queries please let me know.
We have had several enquiries the last 6 weeks, particularly for pearl shell Dials.
Icut my own slabs of Mother of Pearl so I get the best quality for my Dials.
Several of the Dials I have made are for enthusiasts looking to give their watches a lift.
We are making custom dials for Vintage watches as well as for the modern watch.
All enquiries are welcome from the Designer, watchmaker and Enthusiast.A Very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year To All.
One question I have been asked several times, How do you position the feet on the dial?
What happens is that our customer sends the Dial from the watch and I make a copy of the Dial in brass,fit the feet to the brass plate and adhere the gemstone on to that, so the customer gets two dials, the gemstone plus the original.
Very busy month so far. Two Bueche-Girod Dials in Black M.O.P.and two lapis lazuli Dials for a 1970 Longines. I cut all my gemstones slices for my Dials which takes almost a full day for preparation and the cutting.
Malachite is one of the most frustrating stones to cut because of its structure and tendency to fracture, however once cut it is stable and a lovely stone to work with making superb watch Dials.
We have just bought some magnificent Malachite for anyone looking out for a new dial.I can always scan slices off for your perusal once I have done the cut.Have just made a Tiger Eye Dial for a Bueche Girod Dial. I have been working on a few Rado dials in Tiger Eye and Lapis Lazuli.I am hoping to experiment with other unusual materials soon.We send most of dials off to the United States for printing, they do a very nice job and have facilities for printing for most types of watc. Please keep sending in your queries.
One of the gemstones we are using this month to make a new dial is Blue Goldstone, we haven`t used it before it is a deep blue stone with lots of silvery sparkles.It reminds me of the night sky in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.When the dial is finished I will post a picture on this website.Please keep your queries coming in.
We have some lovely Opal Stones on our Website please have a browse when you are next on our site. I was cutting Opal stones for many years before starting to make watch dials. these are some of the stones at reasonable prices. All my work is guaranteed for quality workmanship.Exquisite Opals is our Opal page. Enjoy the month of June.
We are in the midst of moving so will be ready to resume our business in August.
Sorry for the inconvenience to customers
The move went smoothly but we still have quite a few boxes to unpack.My worshop is installed and I am making Lapis and Tiger eye Dials for Rado watches at present.
For any printing required we have contacts in the States who do a great job.
Some customers have their own Printers particularly from the UK.
All our Gemstones are natural and this month I will be spending a full day cutting Lapis Lazuli and Goldstone, the thickness I have to achieve is between 0.2mm-0.3mm.
September is the beginning of Spring ,it has been very wet weather and quite cool
The tree blossoms are quite spectacular at present.
Have a great day wherever you are
Apologies for not posting the October Blog.Time flies when you are having fun!
We made a lovely Opal dial for a lady in Canada , she was very happy with her Dial, we received a scan of the finished watch a week later.
At the moment I am finishing off four silver mother of pearl dials and two lapis lazuli dials.
With all the different types of watches I work with to make new dials- I find I am coming up with new techniques all the time to get the very best results for my customers, it is very satisfying work.
December so far has been a busy time finishing off several watch dials including those for Rado and Beuche Girod watches.I have some very unusual Lapis which has a fair amount of gold pyrites clusters which would look stunning and very unusual in a watch.Here in Adelaide the weather has been unseasonable and we have had quite a bit of rain.Christmas Day temperature is predicted to be 30C which won`t be too hot for cooking the Turkey and Christmas pudding.
Wherever you are have a great Christmas. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.Best Wishes Mark.
Our weather here has been good, however we are feeling deep sympathy for those in Queensland who have lost loved ones and for those without homes to return to due to the terrible floods.
Opal Dials are in demand at the moment,we are able to scan our customers pictures of sliced opal for them to choose from and we send scans of any other gemstone requested.
We have good contacts in the U.S for special printing of watch dials as required.Please contact me if you have any queries, Regards Mark.
Time got away and I didn`t get round to writing the blog for February.I have had a few Rado dials to make,some in Lapis and others in M.O.P.We have some very unusual Lapis Lazuli which has a cluster of gold pyrites, most unusual I have made one dial from the stone and it looks stunning.Regarding dial feet Which we have been doing for some time we need to have the customers original dial to make a copy so we can position them exactly, and of course you get your original dial back with your new dial.
Lapis and abalone, mother of pearl seem to be the stones of the month for making watch dials.
We can make Dials for most watches which covers a huge range.
Please contact me if you have any queries
Well we are almost half way through 2011.Its May and Autumn is here in Australia.
We have some nice feedback regarding Black Lipped Pearl Shell Dials, customers have been very pleased with them.
ave had enquires from all over Europe and United States.
We have some very unusual Lapis Lazuli with large clusters of Gold pyrites, suitable for Dials up to 37mm.
Goldstone is quite an unusual man made stone that is black and sparkly recently made a small Dial for a Ladies Watch.