How Do Watchmakers Fabricate Dials?

Pocket Watch Dial pic

Pocket Watch Dial
Image: heritagepocketwatch.com

An accomplished San Francisco Bay Area business professional, Craig Duling maintains a passion for timepieces, which he explores through his website, heritagepocketwatch.com. On this site, Craig Duling explores a number of issues related to watch collecting and manufacturing, including the creation of dials.

Some watch dials start with a metal plate that is enameled on at least one side to improve overall rigidity. This enamel gives watch dials their characteristic glass-like look.

Often, watchmakers layer different sections of the dial by “sinking” – creating multiple enameled plates and soldering them together. Some companies save money by pressing a dial instead of sinking it. However, this process does not produce the same distinct transition layers.

Manufacturers may choose not to use enamel on watch dials at all. In addition to making a different fashion statement, these metal dials are more durable than enamel ones.

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