DIAL MAKING

British made watch dial

Garrick Dial Making

Dials made in-house by hand

The GarrickΒ S4, the company’s new entry-level watch, features a sumptuous dial that employs an elaborate and highly innovative construction technique.

Whereas the mass-produced approach is to stamp a dial blank from a ribbon of brass, Garrick uses a lathe to create a brass disc. Two feet are riveted to the underside of the dial blank which ultimately unite the dial with the movement.

Riviting dial feet in the Garrick workshop
Infilling roman numerals on a British made Garrick watch dial

The dial blank is β€˜flattened’ using fine abrasive paper in order to remove any burrs or imperfections, creating a smooth surface. Thereafter, the dial is bead blasted. A chapter ring, effectively a circlet of metal, is paired with a smaller ring for the small seconds. These are then drilled, creating holes to facilitate fixing.

The chapter ring is clamped between two plates and baked at 300Β°C. This hardens the metal and removes any springiness. After the chapter ring has cooled, it is β€˜spun’ on a lathe, creating a motif termed β€˜satinΓ© circulaire’. Furthermore, the hour track and minute track are delineated from one another with an engraved pattern called β€˜sautΓ© piquΓ©.

Garrick rose engine lathe

Rose Engine Lathe

Laser engraving is used to impart Roman numerals to the chapter ring. The resultant recesses are then inked by hand using a special syringe pen. Once the ink has dried, the chapter ring is cleaned and spun again to remove any excess ink.

The patterns on our dials, sometimes termed guillochΓ©, are created in-house using a traditional rose engine lathe.

British made watch dial by Garrick
Riviting feet onto a brass dial blank in the garrick workshop
British made brass watch dial by Garrick
British made watch dial by Garrick
Syringe use for unfilling numerals on a Garrick watch dial
British made watch dial
British made watch dial by Garrick