Hamilton 921- w/w case project

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    randy
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    Not a Tourby or an RGM.
    It has a pressed dial, not Guilloche.
    But the whole project cost me about $300 in materials.

    I replaced the staff, and roller jewel.
    I did a COA,and I polished and heat blued the screws over an alcohol lamp…..I learned a lot doing that !

    Not the best pics,..but wanted to share !

    Best regards,

    Randy

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    arutha
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    Beautiful work Randy, is it your own watch?
    I would love to wear something I had done a complete re-furb on :)
    Have just read another post where you said you had your dads Hamilton, is this it?

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    randy
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    Thanks.
    Yes, I built this for myself.
    It’s a cal. 921, 10 size pocket watch movement that I put into a wristwatch case

    My dad’s watch is a 1948 Hamilton Brandon CLD style.
    Totally different type.

    Take care,..thanks for the interest !

    Randy

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    arutha
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    Its lovely Randy.
    I hope it makes you smile each time you wear it. :)

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    Bob Tascione
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    Awesome watch Randy!
    That movement is beautiful. Really nice work! I’m sure it’s happy to be back in a case and used again rather than destined for the parts bin.
    Can you tell us a bit more about the case and dial? Where did you get them or how did you make them?
    Beautiful Watch!!!

    Thanks for sharing it with us,
    Bob

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    randy
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    Thanks for the kind words.
    Yes…I have a large grin on my face !
    It was just a broken movement, no case.
    I figured that somewhere along the line, the case was scrapped for gold,. like so many these days. :( .
    I would not have relegated it to this project if I had the case,..oh well.

    The dial is from Otto Frei. It’s for a 6497-2 config. I had to move the posts.
    I used epoxy to reset them, as I don’t have the proper dial tool.

    The hands were also from Bob Frei ( they are actually 12s hands). The minute hand hole was a perfect fit, the hour hand pipe I closed a bit my my staking set.
    A little trimming for length and they worked.

    The case was something that eluded me for quite some time.
    I didn’t have the deep pockets for someone to do a production run for me.
    Finally, I asked Helenrou ( in Hong Kong ) if they had ever considered building a case for the Hamilton conversions, and they said yes.

    In fact, they were in the midst of production.
    So a few months later, they came available.

    Not too bad a fit w/ their movement ring ( fits a 912 or 921 ) , but I had to reduce the inside diameter a bit .

    Thanks again for the input !

    Best regards,

    Randy

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    Bob Tascione
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    Thanks Randy!
    It was sure worth the perseverance. I hope you make more of them!
    Take care and enjoy your watch!
    Bob

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    randy
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    Thanks Bob…I’m thinking that I might just do that !

    All my best,

    Randy

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