From the Ministry of Very Small Things

So, I got my watch and watch case wrench today and decided to put them to use.

The case wrench came in a nice fancy box.
The watch is pretty sleek.
Sleeker in fact than both of my binary watches. It looks like it’s going to be pretty tight in there.

As it turns out, this watch is “water resistant” not “water proof”, so I didn’t even need the wrench to get the back off. I just pried it off with a screw driver.
Inside, I found that they hardly used any of the space inside the watch. There is just a tiny little cluster of gears in the middle.

Wanting to preserve as much as the turn dial-knob as possible (this will serve as my button), I carefully extracted the parts bit by bit. To unscrew the tiny little flat heads, I had to use a razor blade to get them loose followed by more unscrewing by one of my huge-by-comparison flathead screwdrivers.

Very small screw and gear.

Overall, it was a pretty good experience. I managed to save all of the knob which will serve as my button.
The only issue I see is that the part of the watch that kept the knob from falling out no longer exists, so I’m going to have to work out some method of keeping the knob in. Most likely, I will just trim down the shaft (so it doesn’t needlessly take up so much space) and then glue something to it to make it too wide to pull out all the way.

All in all, this was my first experience so far dealing with something very small, and I’m really glad I got my goggles (and the tweezers that are on the way; my current tweezers are terrible). I also got some good practice taking pictures of very small things.

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