Laser marking of watch parts

Lasermarking of different watch parts

Laser technology for watch manufacturing – highly precise and economic

In the past, watch manufacturers have used mechanical engraving or etching methods for functional part-marking to assist in identification and traceability in addition to engraving creative or personalised designs. Presently, laser systems are favored for marking and engraving due to their state-of-the-art technology.

Functional engravings such as serial numbers, batch numbers, or datamatrix codes, as well as decorative markings such as logos or graphics can be easily lasermarked on various watch components like clockwork parts, momentum wheels, bezels, crowns, housings, bottoms, or even clock faces.

Precision is undoubtedly one of the big advantages of laser technology, therefore, even the smallest and most intricate designs can be laser marked with high speed and precision. Galvo fiber lasers tend to be ideal for these applications, such as the SpeedMarker laser systems from Trotec.

Suitable materials for laser engraving and laser marking

  • stainless steel
  • titanium
  • ceramics
  • brass
  • gold and other precious metals
  • leather (for the wristbands with wristwatches)
  • silicone and elastomers for seals
  • sapphire glass

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Unbeatable flexibility of laser marking

Laser marking systems offer a unique flexibility, allowing the user to process different applications, sizes, various clock parts, as well as the ability to produce single pieces or larger batch sizes. The interface to ERP systems (such as SAP) enable the highest productivity, and the SpeedMark laser software can quickly process variable data according to individual orders with ease. This leads to shorter running times and minimum waste. There is also an option for a camera assistant system integration that enables more accurate mark-positioning.

Another big advantage of laser systems and laser marking equipment is that you can mark or engrave many different materials.

Watch manufacturers usually process: 

  • Stainless steel
  • Titanium
  • Ceramic
  • Brass
  • Gold

All these materials can be optimally marked with fiber lasers.

For marking of other materials such as leather for wristbands, silicone and synthetic elastomers for seals, or indirect marking of sphire glasses, you can use CO₂ laser systems.


Laser cut prototype of a clockwork gear-wheel made of wood

Why buy a laser engraving machine to engrave and laser-mark watch parts?

The unbeatable flexibility of laser marking
Laser marking machines offer a unique flexibility, allowing the user to process different applications, sizes, various clock parts, as well as the ability to produce single pieces or larger batch sizes. The interface to ERP systems (such as SAP) enable the highest productivity, and the SpeedMark laser machine software can quickly process variable data according to individual orders with ease. This leads to shorter running times and minimum material waste. There is also an option for a camera assistant system integration that enables more accurate mark-positioning.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Flexible, dynamic data can be processed

  • Different markings with dynamic content are possible without refitting or changing tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • The intelligent and intuitive laser marking software SpeedMark can easily process data from existing ERP systems and all dynamic contents in codes

Non-contact and process-safe material processing

  • The material does not have to be tightly clamped or fixed saving time and offering consistently good results

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Broad product portfolio with suitable laser system for every requirement
  • The high accuracy of the laser marking can be achieved instantly thanks to camera-supported positioning;

Versatile application possibilities in prototype construction

  • Various materials such as wood, acrylic, leather and metals can be processed with a laser system

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Flexx technology with 2 laser sources (CO2 and fiber laser) in one laser machine

Marking in seconds for very fast production cycle times

  • Very fast marking thanks to Galvo laser technology

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Maintenance-free Galvo fiber lasers for fast marking with minimal machine service

Marking in seconds for more throughput

  • Very fast marking is possible even when marking variable content such as serial numbers
  • Different markings are possible without refitting or tool change

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Intelligent and intuitive laser marking software for easy operation
  • Fast and precise positioning of components using a camera system: SpeedMark Vision – Smart Adjust
  • Integration of contents from ERP data files possible

Permanent marking

  • In contrast to other technologies, laser marking is permanent and abrasion, heat and acid resistant, which is particularly important for traceability and quality assurance

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Product portfolio with matching fiber laser systems for all requirements- Flatbed systems with a working surface up to 726 x 432 mm
  • Galvo work stations with working surfaces up to 620 x 315 mm
  • OEM Galvo fiber laser for integration into production lines
  • Special systems according to customer requirements

Perfect marking results - fine tool

  • Precise and smallest geometries can be highly accurately marked
  • Marking processes can be combined to clean the material after processing or to provide a higher contrast (e.g. with data matrix codes)

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality thanks to high-quality components
  • Camera-based component positioning for maximum precision and ease of use

Diverse design possibilities

  • Practically any design can be realised with a laser
  • Even 1-point fonts and fine geometries are still clearly legible
  • Full freedom when designing and marking logos, designs, bar codes or serial numbers
  • Even photos can be applied in the shortest possible time

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Laser Software DirectMark or JobControl for laser marking directly from the graphics program - as easy as printing

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