3 How Golden Watches Are Made

How Golden Watches Are Made

Posted on August 19, 2013 by team

Have you ever seen how golden watches are made? You may join us and visit “NIKA” company to see how it makes over 25 thousand precious items monthly.

This 12 kg bar costs 20 million rubles (about 650 thousand dollars).

Specialists check fineness of alloys made at this factory as well.

The gold bar 12 cm long and 5 mm thick turns into a band up to 2,5 m long and 0,25 mm thick. It goes through the shafts of the rolling mill more than 50 times.

Golden workpieces.


Gold flakes.

Two parts of a watch case are connected.

They stick small parts with vaseline (solder).




They take a small piece of gold with tweezers, dip it into vaseline and stick to the case.

On such a tape the cases will go to the furnace where the details will smelt and solder while vaseline will evaporate.

Ready golden cases come out here.


This mat is used to shake off all golden dust from soles and prevent it from leaving the shop. When you step on it it starts vibrating. Quite a curious thing.

Trimming the cases.

Fixing the case.

The machine removes burrs and makes the proper radius of the case.

Ready product.

Precious waste.


The next step is a technical control.

Such a tool came here from a Soviet factory that had already closed.


They use different magnifying glasses.

And other numerous tools.

via kak-eto-sdelano

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3 responses to “How Golden Watches Are Made”

  1. Jim Beam says:

    Chinese electronic caliper on last photo costs $15 from Ebay, I bought exactly the same last week. Now that prices of gold have dropped, maybe they can afford to buy some real professional equipment!

  2. Russiafan says:

    As a watchmaker, I’m really surprised by the casual way they are handling the gold. Gold scratches and dents very easily, and it seems to me that they are just throwing it around. As someone who does work on gold cases themselves, I didn’t come away with a good impression of this factyory.

  3. Russiafan says:

    I had to come back and make another comment. I have been in a factory in the USA that mainly made gold jewelry as well as watches. The retrieval systems to make sure not even a milligram of gold was lost or wasted were extensive. I see nothing like that here .It’s very rough. They are probably losing a great amount of gold every time they process or cut the cases. How can they afford this?

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