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    3 into 1 major modification

    I just finished taking parts from 3 watches and modified them to make one really neat watch. I found a B.W. Raymond dial over a month ago. In doing research, I found out that the movement usually put in the railroad watches were the 730A movement. I found a person selling a 23 jewel watch and when I asked what the movement was, luckily it was a 730. Then it was a matter of finding a case to fit everything in. I found one on Ebay selling a 23 jewel gold filled case, but the 770 movement wasn't working, so I got it at a great price. It took a few hours to pull everthing apart and get it all back together. The end product is a B.R. Raymond gold filled wristwatch with a 730 movement. I am not certain of the difference between a 730A and a 730, but I am tickled pink. It runs great and keeps good time!
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    Re: 3 into 1 major modification

    Well done. A lot of patient searching and research I bet. It looks good.
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    Oh, and by the way...I fiddled with the 770 movement and got it working! I guess I will clean this 770 up and put it back into the case that I got the 730 out of. For those complaining about eBay, this was a heck of a deal for me. But I must admit, I have been burned on eBay a few times, but for most of the time, it has been good to me.

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    crown

    Please pardon me for asking - is your crown askew?

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    Neat project~Great job!

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    Looks great but the crown needs attention I think.
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    Re: crown

    Good eye...yes it is. Because I took the 730 from a rectangular shaped watch, the original stem and crown was too short for the round case. I used the stem from the 770 movement, which was skewed. I'll have to put it in a stem or pin vise and straighten out. I need to get some grease first and I'll fix it then.

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    bent

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryT View Post
    Good eye...yes it is. Because I took the 730 from a rectangular shaped watch, the original stem and crown was too short for the round case. I used the stem from the 770 movement, which was skewed. I'll have to put it in a stem or pin vise and straighten out. I need to get some grease first and I'll fix it then.

    Is the crown bent or is it the stem? If it's the stem, you may want to work that bend out "hot".

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