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How Dials Are Made At The Glashütte Original Dial Factory In Pforzheim, Germany | Quill & Pad

How Dials Are Made At The Glashütte Original Dial Factory In Pforzheim, Germany | Quill & Pad

Until as of late, Glashütte Original has had a generally low profile among gatherers. Notwithstanding, that is evolving. One factor adding to an expanded mindfulness was the buy and coordination of German dial manufactory Th. Müller situated in Pforzheim, Germany quite a long while ago.

Glashütte Original Sixties Green Panorama Date

Highlighting the change are the charging dials of the  Senator Sixties Annual Editions .

I had the chance to visit the Glashütte Original dial plant in Pforzheim, a city situated in southwestern Germany popular for its adornments and watchmaking industry, a reality that has procured it the moniker Goldstadt (“gold city”). Here, in excess of 80% of the structures were obliterated during Allied bombarding in World War II. Pforzheim was reconstructed steadily and now represents almost 70% of the all out deals of German gems and silver wares.

Th. Müller has been fabricating dials in Pforzheim since the mid 1920s, providing dials to different German and Swiss brands. It provided Glashütte Original’s East German archetype Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb since the 1950s, making for one of those abnormal east-west partnerships one essentially never hears about.

Vintage GUB ‘Glashütte Original’ from the 1960s with dial by Th. Müller

The exemplary GUB pilot-style dial and the 1960s Spezimatic dials, among others, were produced in this manufacturing plant. Pattern Group (Glashütte Original’s parent company since 2003) bought the Th. Müller dial processing plant in 2006, renaming it DZM (Deutsche Zifferblattmanufaktur) at that time.

In 2012 DZM was converged with Glashütte Original, becoming selective to that brand. The manufacturing plant was migrated inside Pforzheim in 2013 and remodeled extensively.

Factory chief Michael Baumann guided me through the complex interaction of assembling dials. He clarified that relying upon the complications of a given watch model it finds a way to produce an ideal dial.

The fabricating is partitioned into the accompanying significant divisions: dial spaces, surfacing, electroplating and galvanization, cushion printing, and setting records and luminescence.

Dial blanks

Dial spaces are the place where the whole cycle starts, with remotely sourced crude sheets of metal made of metal, bronze, and nickel silver (otherwise called German silver), which go through a broad machining process.

Sheets of metal standing by to be stepped into dial spaces at Glashütte Original

First, the dial clear is stepped from the sheet, an interaction accomplished by a punching machine that removes the blank.

Stamping is rehashed a couple of times to get the exact date or potentially other complication windows cut from the blank.

Stamped out: Glashütte Original dial blanks

The stepping machines pre-characterize the state of the dial and the patterns; furthermore, they can make complex examples on the blanks.

The last advance is to weld minuscule feet to the rear of the dial to append it safely to the highest point of the development. While there is part of hard work done by machines here, each progression requires human intervention.

Grinding a moon stage dial at Glashütte Original

The little moon stages with flickering blue, silver, or dark tones are accomplished by getting done with the precious stone shaper and applying enamel. The last lacquering measure gives the dial its perpetual luster.


The surfacing office gives the dial that cleaned sparkle reflecting various tones under various lighting. This incorporates the work concentrated sandblasting, sunray-brushing, and lacquering.

Applying sunray finish to a Glashütte Original Seventies dial

First, the readied clear is hand-machined with a grating material to give it the ideal completion, which could be an ideal mirror clean or a brushed finish.

Electroplating and galvanization

Glashütte Original put resources into present day innovation for electroplating, which makes an excellent electrifies dial surface.

Electroplating starts with cleaning and cleaning the dial as completely as conceivable before the cycle begins. The completed item will seem lopsided and smeared if the surface is grimy, slick, scratched, or in any case damaged.

Dials in a galvanic shower at Glashütte Original

Modern electroplating starts with the making of a metal salt utilizing the plating metal, commonly gold or silver. Salts are shaped when a corrosive and a base combine to make a balance response; metal salts are framed when emphatically charged metal particles are combined with a corrosive or a nonmetal. This salt is then positioned in water to frame a shower for the dial.

The dial is then submerged in this shower and an electric flow applied. The current breaks up the metal salts as it travels through the shower. Gold/silver particles ride the current and are stored onto the dial. The thickness of the plating is dictated by how long the dial is left in the bath.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Red with dégradé dial

With the utilization of this advanced electroplating measure, Glashütte Original has unlimited prospects to create bright and extraordinary dials. In any case, it is not necessarily the case that customary strategies are deserted for present day machines. Glashütte Original likewise utilizes conventional hand-painted methods on certain expound dials.

Milling the hour markers on a Glashütte Original Sixties dial

After galvanization

The hour markers of the Sixties dials are cut into the outside of the clear after galvanization as shown above.

Pad printing

But most different dials have cushion printed markings. The way toward printing lists and numbers was the most fascinating to me as this is the part the eye most comprehensively takes in. Glashütte Original uses the cushion printing technique, in which an enormous elastic inflatable (referred to in the language as the “tampon”) “stamps” the dial with an exact engraving. Joshua Munchow depicts this cycle in moment detail in Focus On Technology: Pad Printing .

Pad printing at Glashütte Original’s dial producer in Pforzheim, Germany

The same cycle is utilized for printing date circles and section rings. Each dial should be checked for precision before it can move to next step.

Setting records and luminescence

Setting records and applying lume are drawn-out, work concentrated processes.

Setting cleaned hour records on a Glashütte Original PanoReserve dial

Each little applied list is set accurately on top of the printed file marker.

Applying Super-LumiNova to dial lists at Glashütte Original

If radiance is required, at least one layers of C3 Super-LumiNova are then applied to the files and numerals relying upon the watch model.


Glashütte Original invests heavily in its quality control. At the point when another student joins the industrial facility, their first obligation is to spend numerous months in the quality control division to notice the nature of the completed dials.

Dial quality control at Glashütte Original

Each week, the dials are stacked on to the conveyance van and traveled the 600 kilometers to Glashütte for get together and further quality control.

The development of the Glashütte Original dial manufacturing plant is unmistakably noticeable, and it is useful for both Pforzheim and watch collectors.

The Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic assortment at its presentation in 2015

Visitors are welcome to visit the Glashütte Original dial plant and, in the event that you are visiting the region, you should design a roadtrip to the Porsche and Mercedes exhibition halls in Stuttgart. I can generously recommend them!

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