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    How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    If you wanted to convert a PW into a wrist watch, how can it be done?

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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    Weld a couple of lugs on the case at 12 & 6 o'clock approx 22mm apart, counter sink the insides of the lugs to allow for strap spring bars and go crazy!

    (or find a watch case that the movement fits in and go a little less crazy)
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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    You'd also want to have a new dial made that you could rotate 90 degrees, placing the crown on the right side instead of the top. This would make your wristwatch a "nine-eater."

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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozy View Post
    Weld a couple of lugs on the case at 12 & 6 o'clock approx 22mm apart, counter sink the insides of the lugs to allow for strap spring bars and go crazy!

    (or find a watch case that the movement fits in and go a little less crazy)

    OK thanks, I had a feeling lol. I wonder how hard and how much, it would cost???

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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    Depends on the case, really. Bear in mind that most cases weren't really designed to accept much bending force, so there's a risk of the case bending if you tighten the strap too much.

    Also keep in mind that the large, relatively heavy balance wheel running at standard 4bps is going to be far less accurate when you're swinging it around at the end of your arm, and that the general lack of shock protection means you need to be very careful about bumping it.
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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by kc1001 View Post
    OK thanks, I had a feeling lol. I wonder how hard and how much, it would cost???
    If you used velcro it would be pretty cheap! You need hairy wrists though.
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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    "How do you convert a pocket watch into a wrist watch?"

    Simple: you don't!!



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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    "How do you convert a pocket watch into a wrist watch?"

    Simple: you don't!!



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    Just Curious, I've seen pics online they looked cool. But to be honest, I wouldn't do it, only because the cost would be to much.

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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    You'll find a lot of pocket-watch enthusiasts will react that way, and not without reason. If you just want a large watch on your wrist, there's lots of contemporary choices (even in mechanical). It isn't really clear to me why someone would want a "vintage" watch if they aren't interested in its history, and the appeal of the history is kinda diluted if you've modified it. Kinda like taking a Picasso sketch, and cutting off one side so that it'll fit in a certain frame.

    The thing with old stuff is that once you change it, even slightly, you can't go back.
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    Re: How do you convert a Pocket Watch into a Wrist Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    "How do you convert a pocket watch into a wrist watch?"

    Simple: you don't!!



    (Why trash a piece of history that is becoming rarer every day?!)

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    Hear, hear! Sadly, many have already been trashed, leaving a naked, beautiful movement that wants to be a watch again. (Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing too much?)

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