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Kingston test assembly Part 1 of 3

After checking each case for scratches and other physical defects we do a quick check of the crystal installation to make sure it’s squarely seated on the case body:

Here is the same case after test fitting the end links and application of protective tape to safeguard the case body against scratches.

We test fit the movement ring into the case body…

The next step is to do a pre-build check of the movement in all 6 positions:

This particular movement has tight positional deltas for a 2836-2. The timing will change slightly, although enough to warrant regulation, when the hands have been installed and the movement cased.
Tomorrow I will post part 2 of 3 of the test assembly….

Kingston Update: September 29, 2010

I just finished the first test assembly. If the rest of the review goes well it will be the first custom Kingston to ship.

The Prebuilt watches that are to be assembled in Switzerland should be on their way to the assembler next week.

I took some pics of the test assembly process and will be posting them here and on the forum over the next few days.

Kingston Update: September 29th, Part 2

The first custom Kingston is done. I am absolutely spent. The first assembly is always the most stressful as you check every single detail looking for problems or weaknesess. I become hyper-sentive to small deviations in the amplitude of the watch as I regulate it, looking for the potential mis-alignment in the case tube and the placement of the movement in the case that can adversely affect the time keeping. I will post the pics that i took during the test assembly process starting tomorrow.

Kingston Update: Sept. 19, 2010

The preparations for sending the parts out to the assemblers is about half done at this point. In summary:

* The cases have been QC’d and are ready for what I would term “glazing”. The next step is to apply a protective coating to the external surface of the cases to protect them during the assembly and transportation process
* The hands have been QC’d for finish defects. The next step is to check the lume of all of thhe hands and weed out the hands with uneven or poor lume. After that we can finally pack the hands.
* I am still in the middle of QC’ing the dials. The most challenging aspect of the project.
* The movements are in stock and I have to through the movments and replace and/or remove the un-necessary components to ready them for the assembler.

Process:

* The first cut of the serial number list has been completed. I still have to review the list before the information can be published
* Delivery dates: The first cut of the delivery schedule has also been completed. Again I have to review the schedule before the information can be published
* When this information has been finalized we will be publishing the information through the CRM ticket system, which will automatically send the update to everyone via e-mail.

Kingston Update: September 1st

Having received the first batch of parts we have been and continue to review the parts and begin the process of organizing the parts in preparation for the trip to the assembler. The first batch of parts should be ready to leave here by the end of next week.

As many of you already know the orders for the Plank Owners and the Second stage have been entered into the ticket system. At the moment we are working on the serial numbers and organizing the orders in order to figure out the order in which we will be delivering the watches. The ticket system will be updated with this information as soon as it is ready.

I expect to begin test assemblies of the Kingston over the Labor Day weekend. This will determine what adjustments will have to be made to optimize the assembly process and to complete additional QC of the mass production.

Parts kits….I will work on the web page ordering for the Pre-order customers to make their selections for their parts kits after the first batch of components are on their way to Switzerland.