Daniel W. Corson, an engineer, decided to try making his own watch, and documents the whole project on a web-site.
The work took him a year, but provided a great deal of amusement. Corson writes:
One of the joys of this work was the constant changes in skillset needed. From machinist to watchmaker to silversmith, etc.. As such the work is never boring, never repetitive, always new challenges and unknowns to be overcome.
Hat tip to Cory Doctorow.