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Kingston Test Assembly: Part 3B

A look at the inside of the Kingston and the final stages of assembly. In this first pic you see the under-appreciated movement ring. The Kingston movement ring is clamped into the case body rather than using a metal or plastic ring that relies on the case back to hold the movement in place. This… Read More

Kingston Update

The first Kingston shipped earlier today. Part 3B of the test assembly post will be posted later today. I got the photos edited but didn’t have a chance to write the post.

Kingston Update: Oct. 7, 2011

The reason I haven’t posted part 3 of the test assembly is because I have been glazing the case bodies for the first 50 pieces that will be heading to Switzerland for assembly. I actually did 75 cases. The first batch of parts will be leaving to Switzerland tomorrow. it will take about 2-3 weeks… Read More

Kingston Test Assembly: Part 3A

Finally the dial is on the movement! The hands have been set and have been checked for alignment with the dial and clearance between the hands. It’s more than just a nod to nostalgia. The hands here are curved toward the end because the hands have to clear the interior surface of the crystal. To… Read More

Kingston test assembly Part 2 of 3

The first Kingston is a non-date gilt dial watch so the day/date bits and pieces have to go I have removed the day of the week wheel, date of the month wheel, the gear that drives the quick adjustment, and the gear that powers the instantaneous date change. Here are two close-ups of the movement… Read More

Kingston Test Assembly Part 2 postponed…

until Monday. Sorry but I am just worn out again from clearing out the basement and the water that was in it. Conservatively I estimate that I moved about 800 pounds worth of water from the basement in two shifts, carrying it up stairs so that I could dump it out the door. Right now… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More