Can the lugs be drilled additionally?

Can a non-drilled-lug case be drilled as an aftermarket mod? Can it be done perfectly, professionally so it does not look like I did it on a bench at my parent's garage? Has anybody done it here?

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Haven鈥檛 thought to try something like that yet but I would imagine you will need really proper tools and a good amount of know how not to botch it up. 馃槄

I feel like you might crack the lug tips due to them not being designed to be drilled. I would imagine they drill 1st, then shave/mill it down to fit the design aesthetic.

Totally assuming here, lol.

Assuming there is no plating or other treatment, and that one has the right tooling and machinery, of course it can be done. Locating and not breaking a drill are easier said than done. Assuming a stainless case, drill material selection may be important as you don't want to impart particles of corrosion-nonresistant steel.

It would obviously be much better to finish the surface afterward, but it's possible to not muck up the original finish. Clamping the case will require some non-marring clamp. And no, I certainly haven't done this. I don't even know where you'd get such small drills and chucks.

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Ok, thanks for the replies so far, so I assume that it's not a common thing to do and therefore a stupid idea. 馃榿

PoorMansRolex

Assuming there is no plating or other treatment, and that one has the right tooling and machinery, of course it can be done. Locating and not breaking a drill are easier said than done. Assuming a stainless case, drill material selection may be important as you don't want to impart particles of corrosion-nonresistant steel.

It would obviously be much better to finish the surface afterward, but it's possible to not muck up the original finish. Clamping the case will require some non-marring clamp. And no, I certainly haven't done this. I don't even know where you'd get such small drills and chucks.

I have a hand (archimedes principle) drill and small enough bits in my modellers tool kit. They snap easily mind, if you don鈥檛 keep straight and still, and very much doubt the ones I have could go through steel. But they are cheap and easy to come by, or even make (pin vise with a spiral groove etc basically) yourself. I could certainly drill the lugs on a plastic watch 鈥 or bio ceramic lol 鈥 with no problem. How straight it would be鈥 well, that鈥檚 where luck comes in. Bits are sometimes hard to source though at that size too.

If they can drill lugs at the factory, there鈥檚 no reason it can鈥檛 be done once it leaves the factory. Not something I would do personally, but it can absolutely be done.

This is something I鈥檝e thought a lot about and wanted to do to several of my watches. It鈥檚 a job for a professional machinist or jeweler. It is doable but I can鈥檛 imagine it being cheap. The hardest part is locating the center of the hole and getting it all perfectly squared. If you are serious about it I would contact an independent watch maker like RGM. They build watches entirely in house and would likely have the proper tools. If you go further with this please post an update here.

This might help:

https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/how-to-drill-watch-lugs.5192849/

It seems possible to get decent results but YMMV.

Matt_Kane

Ok, thanks for the replies so far, so I assume that it's not a common thing to do and therefore a stupid idea. 馃榿

Honestly I think it鈥檚 a brilliant idea as I think all watches should have drilled lugs, even a Calatrava (which is a moot point as I鈥檇 never be able to afford one).

I think the old retired guy from Canada could do it (sorry your name escapes me at the moment).

You should try it with a cheaper watch.