Here's a lathe that I'm sure will ruffle some feathers of the purists out there. This awesome setup is being executed by Ken of @ilupro. He's using a Chinese made 1970s model c6104 8mm collet, 47mm centerheight watchmakers lathe. As some of you might see, it's a copy of a Bergeon lathe (see the modern Bergeon No. 1766A for example). But this Chinese made copy is now available in the Western world as a 'Vector' lathe (as it's sold in Germany - via Boley or directly from Vector Technik) or as a 'Sincere' lathe (as sold in the USA). You can find it on eBay as a generic lathe, and online directly from Chinese resellers. It's a lathe that has received lots of crappy feedback from staunch defenders of Swiss machines. But, for those looking for the pleasure of buying something new which you need to just take out of the box and use, and with a penny saving price (which reality be, that's most normal folk!) this is an interesting option. As you see, in the hands of a skilled maker like @ilupro you can crank out really amazing work on this little machine. There are quite a few younger watchmakers out there putting their trust on this machine (from Japan, China, US and Europe) so if one knows what one's getting into it definitely gets the job done! And what's best? You don't have to fight other machine collectors for those rare attachments ;) Whatever you think of the lathe, you should take the time to look up @ilupro
He combines use of this lathe with other economical small Chinese made CNC machines to create some amazing watchmaking! Really a pleasure to see how he develops his manufacture piece!! N.B.: the last image I took from @vectortechnik IG page and is a promotional picture belonging to them. I included it here so you get an idea of the whole machine.
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