I was in a junk store in a small town in West Tennessee and asked the owner if he had any old watches. He reached under the counter and pulled out a shoebox with about 20 to 30 old watches; most without bands. Most were Timex from the 60s and 70s or other nameless junk watches. But one stood out--a bandless watch that wasn't running and didn't respond to a gently hand-wind. But it looked special, so I asked him how much for the Hamilton. He looked the watch over and said, $15. I immediately said, I'll take it, but I don't have $15. He said, no problem, I'll hold it for you. Two weeks went by and I went back to the store and sure enough, he still had it. I took it to a local Jewelry shop and had the guy 'take a look'. One week later I went back and got the watch from the Jeweler. I asked what he had to do? He said, I repaired it, replaced the crystal, cleaned it, adjusted it, oiled it, replaced the gasket and added a band. Total cost: $53.00. Amazing. I am so happy and pleased with this watch, I can hardly stand it.