People who enjoy 3D printing as a hobby tend to like mechanical things, and you know what that means – a lot of them are going to be watch guys. Even Bre Pettis, the founder of Makerbot (probably the most popular producer of 3D printers for consumers) is a big watch lover. The 3D printing universe has opened up a world of very interesting possibilities in the realm of horology. While 3D printed watches aren’t a glorious reality yet, we’ve seen an number of developments over the last year, such as the 3D Printed Tourbillon here. Now, check out this 300% Rolex Submariner fake watches designed and produced by Franc Falco as an homage to his own personal Rolex Submariner.
The plans include not only the schematics for all the parts you’ll need (expect for the clock mechanism which is a cheap separate purchase), but also a detailed PDF with Franc’s instructions on how to assemble your own “truly desk worthy” dive watch. For the public plans, he removed the Rolex stainless steel case replica watches and branding for legal reasons, but his original project was as close to a replica of his own Submariner as possible – just 300% larger in size.
Like many 3D printing hobbyists, Falco engaged in the project to replicate his watch in 3D printed form to see if it would work. This is a common motivating factor for enthusiasts, and places like Thingverse are full of “look what I replicated using my 3D printer” experiments. Not all work out this well. According to Falco the entire project was done with a budget of under $100 – and most of that is in the cost of the 3D printing material. The real expense, of course, is in time if you want to do one yourself. Falco did all the work of designing the parts, but you’ll have to print them, sand them, and assemble this very complex project. As a testament to his skills, even the ratcheting uni-directional rotating bezel system on the watch works.
Assuming you could wear a 300% size increased dive watch, you could even wear this piece, as the bracelet fully articulates along with a deployant clasp. Of course, the crown doesn’t work, as this desk Rolex diving watches UK are powered by a small quartz clock movement. Don’t even ask about water resistance. According to Falco, the hardest part to not only design but also assemble is the dial. I think the end result looks fantastic, and that Falco did an amazing job. Kudos to him, and what an amazing display piece a massive diver’s watch like this would make in the home or office of any watch lover.