This interests me a lot at the moment. What actually defines a Frankenwatch? For example:
Originally Posted by Chascomm
Some of them merely as a result of long hard use and replacement with non-original parts over time, e.g. an Almaz with a Volna movement.
Scenario 1. A mad Ukranian creates a 1950's POBEDA out of stolen body parts, in his hilltop castle one stormy night. Clearly a Frankenwatch.
Scenario 2. In 1962 a comrade takes his 1954 POBEDA to the menders for repair. The repairer uses the parts to hand. Is this a Frankenwatch? Or part of the history of the watch?
Scenario 3. I buy watches 1 and 2. I make one watch, faithful to how it came from the factory. Am I;
a) restoring a watch to it's original condition?In answer to sammyboy, don't just pick on the Ukranians. Some of the worst liars I've encountered when buying watches in the bay of evil have been my own countrymen (UK), and in the USA. Start at the shallow end. You will inevitably make mistakes, but it's the only way to learn.
b) riding roughshod over the history of watch 2?
c) just creating a slightly better Frankenwatch?