Examples of 19th Century Watchmaking Machines

It's probably due to my mechanical engineering background, but every time I visit VC’s Shanghai Boutique: I always like looking at the old machines they have around the store that were actually used in the 1800s to manufacture the watches.

Over this past weekend, I finally decided to take some pictures of these machines:

Barrel Cutting:

Boring (not meant to be "dull", but for some people - I can undersrand this equipment is not what one would call exciting, cheeky):

Fusee Cutting:

Jewel Cutting:


2 Small Face Lathes:

Vertical Rose Engine Machine:

Watchmaker's Bench:

2 Wheel Tooth Cutting Machines:

Please don't ask me exactly how these machines work, I'm just reading off the descriptions written on the plaques smiley
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Cool post, Dan
04/10/2012 - 16:51
I am not an engineer, but this is interesting stuff even for a guy like me.  It's great that VC has all of these on display at the Shanghai boutique.  Are they on permanent display? Best, Robert
Super Dan
04/10/2012 - 18:16
Great addition to our knowledge of vintage construction yes.  I hadn't seen a vertical rose engine until now!  Thanks for this smiley
The Vertical Rose Engine lookd the most interesting to me too!
04/11/2012 - 05:01
I wanted to touch it and watch it in motion...but for some reason I wasn't allowed to play with it! devil
Thanks, and yes - these machines are on permanent display (nt)
04/11/2012 - 04:59
thanks Dan, these machines fascinate me
04/10/2012 - 20:06
As you know, my oldest VC is from 1908 so the equipment used would be
04/11/2012 - 05:04
a little more modern.  But I am always amazed at how man has made such items and crafts with the technology of their time!
When do we have a workshop in Shangaï?
04/11/2012 - 14:35
Thanks Dan, This is very interesting and puzzling as well. When do you organize a workshop so that we can all practice on these machines? Regards, Guillaume
If you come out here, I'll see what I can do ;-) but...
04/11/2012 - 17:03
I doubt even the master watchmaker residing at the Shanghai Maison knows how to use this vintage machines, laugh But to all the Loungers...let me know if you ever make your way through Beijing or Shanghai.  I'd love to see you here! Best Regards, Dan
It is amazing to see what was used to make
04/11/2012 - 19:58
these watches before electricity and computer modeling existed.  Very fascinating, definitely not boring.  Part of the love for watches for myself is the manufacturing process, and it is nice to see some brands using traditional methods such a rose engine for guilloche decoration even when more modern equipment is available.  Thanks for the pictures.
Thanks Stewart, glad you liked it (nt)
04/12/2012 - 08:57