Professional Jeweler Archive: Make Your Own Time

August 2000


Make Your Own Time

New kits from Austria contain everything needed to make a fine watch

Many watch aficionados welcome the chance to look inside their fine timepieces. As self-taught “experts,” they know what makes a fine watch tick.

Now, they and anyone else can make their own timepiece tick. Ronald Oppenheimer, president of Optimum Momentum and a retailer with two watch stores, distributes Austrian-made watch kits that allow the buyer to make a fine automatic, manual or quartz watch.

The top-of-the-line “Watchmaker” kits each feature a Swiss ETA movement, two dials, two leather straps and all the tools and extra parts needed to complete a watch. Six models offer choices of round or square cases, clear case backs and different buckles. When completed, the watches can be displayed in a fine wood case that’s included in the price, which ranges from $595 to $2,250.

Quartz watch kits, called “Clockbox,” feature assembled quartz movements and all tools and parts needed to create a working watch. The 11 styles are under $100 each.

A third category, called “Timeset,” comprises mechanical watch kits designed for the private-label, incentive or corporate gift market. The dial, case back and presentation box can be customized with a minimum order of 50.

  • Optimum Momentum LLC, Chatham, NJ; (800) 882-7977 or (212) 472-8350.

– by Michael Thompson

“Technicum” kit is in the top-of-the-line “Watchmaker” series.

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