We excitedly sent off our first set of drawings and sat back to wait on the samples. We waited. And waited. Finally, after a few months, we heard something — there was an issue manufacturing the second hand. It’s asymmetric design was throwing off how accurately it told time.
Why did it take so long to figure this out? It’s mostly because the watch industry works via a complex network of contractors and subcontractors, getting more and more specialized as you go down. The factory we work with assembles the watches, but they don’t make the hands, or the movement, or the other individual pieces. There’s a long chain of communication that can slow things down considerably. None of this is to say that there were any real issues with the factory — it’s more a testament to the difficulties of manufacturing overseas, especially for something as specialized as a watch. We’ve been working with this factory in China since building our first watch, and have been very happy with the results. But three months feels like an eternity when you’re used to walking 20 steps to the shop and building it yourself.
Once we heard about the issue with the second hand, we went back and forth for another couple of months before Sean finally solved the problem, switching the hand to extend symmetrically across the whole length of the dish bottom.