How Are Luxury Watches Made?
How are luxury watches made? Read below to find out!
Steel, like all metals, comes in a variety of grades and forms. Most watches are made from just one type of stainless steel but Rolex use a completely unique steel to any other watch manufacturer. The steel they use is more resistant to both corrosion and rust and can actually take and hold a polish far better than standard stainless steel.
Not only is this steel much more expensive but it is also far harder to work with which has lead to some serious investment from Rolex to enable their equipment to handle with this steel. Because Rolex do not mass produce their watches they can afford to spend longer manufacturing them.
Own science labs
Rolex, as well as having an internal R&D department, have a number of science labs which not only research the items that go into the production of a watch but also, to find more efficient methods in the manufacturing. A key part of their research is actually on the lubricants which they use during the building of their watches – attention to detail is everything in a state of the art of watch.
Rolex watches actually are made hands on as far as possible. Machines are used – automated robots for example are used for processes which humans are not ideally suited, handling things with extreme care and precision for example. The movements inside the Rolex are all put together by hand and everything is checked over by trained quality assurance team members.
Yes, Rolex have an in-house foundry which makes all of their gold. While the steel they use is supplied in, the gold and precious metals are smelted internally which allows for strict quality guidelines.
While the specific manufacturing process is done, largely, by hand there are other areas which are purely automated. The supply room, where parts and watches are kept is overseen by robots and a system of conveyor belts operates to deliver these around the manufacturing plant. Robots also do a lot of the ‘repetitive’ jobs, taking the strain away from the human employees but allowing them to focus on the key process – like hand polishing a finished Rolex watch.
With all of the above, it is little wonder that a Rolex takes pride of place in the majority of men’s watch collections. If you’re intrigued by the idea of watchmaking, why not head to the watchmaking capital of the world – Geneva – to tour the Patek Philippe watchmaking museum?
Here is a video that takes you through step by step of how they are made. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDFqsjoFFxo