Really sorry for the pun, but here's an update on a Tinkercad project I started late last year. I found a lot of contemporary mechanical watches on the market were too big for me. I liked the design, but they were just too big and obnoxious. I prefer a simple, clean design and decided I would try to make one in the most rudimentary (albeit, relatively high-tech) way possible, via 3D-printing. That seems like an oxymoron in retrospect, but I used free software and the bulk of my costs were the watch components.
I wanted to 3D print a watch of my own design using free software and inexpensive prototyping. The process was pretty straight forward; a few design iterations and 3D prints later, I had multiple versions of my very own resin-printed watch. The result is pretty unastounding and simple (like, Muji simple). But, the process of finishing and being able to wear the watch has been revealing and really empowering.
I basically built the watch model around the components; I knew the dimensions I wanted - the face, the crystal and the strap width. After a trip to Otto Frei in Oakland, I had everything I needed - the movement, crystal, face and hands. The guys at Otto Frei were so patient and helpful with me as I asked every question possible. It can be a little confusing. However, watch guys don't mess around with their jargon - do your research and know the difference between the face the crystal and the case before you go parts shopping.