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November 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm #49323
These are the watches I bought last weekend, and received yesterday. No, I haven’t bought anything else – I’m holding firm 🙄
Here’s what I got, and with these three, I have a total of eight!!!
1. http://www.ebay.com/itm/181586727130?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT This is the beautiful shiny watch I was talking about. Although not railroad quality, I think it’s a beautiful piece – hence the price I paid – and, it runs. Of course, I’ll be taking it down after I get more watches under my belt – and when I’m done, this may well be the watch I keep for my very own, while selling the rest. Basically, I’ve fallen in love with it <img src="/heart.gif" width="" height="" alt="<3" title="<3<3
2. http://www.ebay.com/itm/151470506967?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Nice Waltham for $28 bucks – I’m lovin’ it!!!
3. http://www.ebay.com/itm/141465305776?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Another Waltham – stem stuck – won’t move at all. Seems mechanical versus dirty.
4. http://www.ebay.com/itm/381045953153?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT A special post – not really a watch at all – but I needed them all the same! Bunch of screws, and no, I haven’t looked for my dial screw or the other case screw missing as of yet. I was flabbergasted when I opened the tiny package of about 1″ x 2″ – but the guy was right – there are “hundreds and hundreds” of screws – and, I think I saw some banking pins, too. Good to have some! I paid $35 bucks, which I’m not really sure if that’s overpriced, but I just thought of all the little screws that would cost a dollar or more plus shipping, and I went for it!
TimNovember 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm #60683bernie weishaplParticipant
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Nice looking watches Tim. Really nice and should really look good when done.November 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm #60684
Nice haul Tim, looks like cleaning only is required, which is good..November 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm #60685
I know I have a broken mainspring in the 2nd one, and possible an upside down or bent balance wheel in the third??? I know, it sounds crazy, but looking at that wheel gives me the chills! All my watches will get new springs.
I’ll let you know when I tackle it. It may be the next one I work on, since it’s so darn interesting to think that it could’ve been tampered with by someone not in the know about watchmaking…a mystery!!!
TimNovember 23, 2014 at 12:23 am #60686
it could’ve been tampered with by someone not in the know about watchmaking…a mystery!!!
Ya think 😆
Hombre, just wait till you see some of them, I especially love the ones where you remove the back cover and some fool has sprayed WD40 inside it just so they can claim that “IT’S RUNNING” 😮 so as it’s dripping all over your nice white surgical smock, your first immediate thought is….. I’ll light my turbo and burn off the excess POOF 😆
Then second thought is usually about the person who lovingly, yet freely, applied half of a super can of WD 👿
Thought number three is….Scheiße!! I need a new hairspring…
This is just one that is related to pure incompetence . There are the ones that are due to honest lack of knowledge…. Infancy 😆 ya know, gum, crayon, drool, the springs pulled out, playdoe crammed inside 😆November 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm #60687
Sounds fun Chris!
I found one in my last haul that had several scratches on the inside – I think it’s my Waltham 992 or 992b. I was thinking, “How could anyone scratch two perfectly straight line (in addition to some figure 8 dancing, too)?
Then, I looked closer, and saw that a bridge was damaged.
Verdict: Screw came loose and did a little dance inside it. Haven’t found the screw, but I do have a case screw missing…NICE!!! Talk about custom work…
TimNovember 24, 2014 at 10:47 pm #60688
Straight line scratch = screwdriver SLIP 😮November 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm #60689
I don’t think so, Chris…it looks more like a toddler went at it. I can’t imagine any adult doing that much damage to a watch case and bridge. But, you never know!
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