Case Size and Style
For my watch cases I use 316L stainless steel. I have 4 standard designs /sizes for watches that use regular hand-wound or automatic movements: these are 36mm, 41mm, 44mm, and 45mm in diameter. For my watches that use a tourbillon movement, I have cases in two diameters, 41mm and 44mm. The diameter is measured across the round part of the case, and does not include the crown or lugs.
The measurements for each case size are as follows:
36mm diameter – 10.5mm thick, 42mm lug to lug (top to bottom), 18mm strap width (lug size)
41mm diameter – 12.5mm thick, 49mm lug to lug (top to bottom), 20mm strap width (lug size)
41mm diameter tourbillon- 15.5mm thick, 51mm lug to lug (top to bottom), 20mm strap width (lug size)
44mm diameter – 12.7mm thick, 55mm lug to lug (top to bottom), 22mm strap width (lug size)
44mm diameter tourbillon – 15.5mm thick, 54mm lug to lug (top to bottom), 22mm strap width (lug size)
45mm diameter – 10.5mm thick, 52.5mm lug to lug (top to bottom), 22mm strap width (lug size)
Here are pictures of each case as a completed watch, from Instagram:
45mm case, aka The Rydian case:
A photo posted by Scott Wilk (@wilkwatchworks) on
44mm tourbillon: photo by : @pbandwatches
In addition, I can offer you a bronze case, CuSn8, 41mm or 44mm in diameter, the measurements for which are the same as those of the stainless steel cases (see abovementioned.) The case-back of the bronze case is made of stainless steel (316L.)
More case pictures coming soon, but many case-back pictures can be found on my Instagram page.
My 41mm, 44mm, 41mm tourbillon and 44mm tourbillon cases have the option of being ion-plated. This is a black, yellow gold, or rose gold colour that is deposited onto the surface of the stainless steel in a vacuum. It is quite durable, though there is always a chance it can be scratched if rubbed on an abrasive or sharp surface. This type of coating can also wear away over time and is dependent on how the watch is treated by the user. Ion-plated surfaces are stronger and more durable than their gold electroplated counterparts. Please note that damage to any coating is not covered under the watch warranty. Here is an example of what one of the previously mentioned 44mm cases looks like with black ion-plating. Pictures of yellow and rose gold ion-plated cases to come.
Yellow and rose gold colour ion-plating is currently only available on my 41mm tourbillon cases and my 44mm tourbillon cases.
Expect to see yellow and rose gold colour ion-plating on the 41mm and 44mm regular cases by Spring 2017, with this option for 36mm cases becoming available late in 2017.
Electroplating For Watch Cases
Would you like your watch case to be yellow or rose gold coloured without incurring the cost of solid gold? I now offer yellow and rose gold plated watch cases in whatever thickness of plating you desire. In the watch and jewellery industry, depending on how ‘high end’ your watch or jewellery piece may be, different thicknesses of plating are used. Generally the thicker the plating, the more expensive the piece, but also, importantly, the longer the plating will last. In addition, the plating used in the watch industry is specially formulated to give it hardness and durability, while still retaining that amazing yellow or rose colour.
In terms of thickness of plating for watches, it is measured in microns. We suggest 10 microns as it will last the longest. Over time, with regular wear, the plating will wear away. This is the nature of any piece of electroplated jewellery or watch. The thicker the plating, the longer it will take to wear away, but it is also dependent on the person who is wearing it.
Below is a pricing chart for plating. This pricing includes plating of all parts of the watch which includes the case, case-back, crown, and tang clasp for the leather strap.
Please note: We are currently only electroplating cases for watches which we build. We do not currently electroplate cases or parts made by other watch manufacturers. Sorry!
Pricing for yellow gold plating a watch case:
5 microns = $195
7 microns = $295
10 microns = $400
Pricing for rose gold plating a watch case:
5 microns = $250
7 microns = $350
10 microns = $450
Here are some photos of my 44mm case plated in yellow gold and also in rose gold. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via the web site.