Watch Design Consultant | from Concept to Prototype | Devon 3D CAD

Watch Design by Devon 3D CAD is a new venture by  Design Consultant Neil Taylor 

Believe it or not, there are still some British watch manufacturers competing in the middle to high end market of watches. I want to be able to turn designers’ sketches and ideas into manufacturable products using 3D CAD Solid Modelling by SolidWorks.

So I am starting by modelling a variety of mid market men’s watches. My aim in modelling these watches is to become familiar with the basics of Watch Design. The styles, shapes and sizes and the types of movements.

Seiko watch modelled by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD
Black faced Seiko watch

This Seiko is one of my own watches. It has a 40mm diameter body of stainless steel and a black leather strap. It has a simple movement with no extra functions apart from the date. I like its straightforward, uncomplicated appearance. At 50g it is neither too heavy nor too light. Serious watch connoisseurs wouldn’t be interested in this watch because it is too inexpensive and has no pedigree. But for my purposes it is just fine.

I was eager to start wearing it. After a while I began to feel that it was difficult to read! Although I liked the black dial it seems to suck out all the light and the hands are very difficult to pick out. The long, thin hour markers have a silvery finish and are the most prominent feature of the face. The hands are of a similar finish but are even thinner and can’t be seen easily. I have actually thickened the hands on the 3D CAD model which I hope would be an improvement if on the real watch.  What I have learned from this is that looks aren’t everything!


Tissot watch modelled by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD
Tissot Watch

My Tissot watch is an entry level mans’ watch by the famous Swiss maker. It has a relatively small 37mm diameter case in stainless steel, and a black leather strap. It has a thicker bezel but because the face of the dial is a light silvery finish it is much easier to read, despite the dial being smaller. It has a semi automatic movement which is powered by one’s wrist movements. This small watch weighs 51 g. I like this watch a lot.


Pulsar watch modelled by Neil Taylor at Devon 3D CAD
Pulsar Watch

This rugged little watch is made by Pulsar, Seiko’s value range. The case is stainless steel and has a diameter of 37mm. The face of the dial is black, but is really easy to read because the hour markers are great big circular white blobs and the hands are large and white. No messing about with this little beauty. I have worn it a lot and it is now scratched all over. The winder is protected by small lugs in a styling reference to diving watches. It is the lightest of my watches at just 42g. The battery runs down quite quickly.