First Vintage Watch Purchase

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    First Vintage Watch Purchase

    Hi Guys,

    I have been thinking of getting a vintage pocket watch and converting it to a wrist watch for some time now. I recently found some on Ebay that were already converted. I wanted to see if you guys thought this watch was authentic or a really bad frankenwatch. Here is the link:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...23#ht_1814wt_0

    Should I just purchase a pocket watch and do the conversion locally just to be safe or is this a good buy?

    Thanks!

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    Re: First Vintage Watch Purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by daphenom121 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I have been thinking of getting a vintage pocket watch and converting it to a wrist watch for some time now. I recently found some on Ebay that were already converted. I wanted to see if you guys thought this watch was authentic or a really bad frankenwatch. Here is the link:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...23#ht_1814wt_0

    Should I just purchase a pocket watch and do the conversion locally just to be safe or is this a good buy?

    Thanks!
    after you see what your costs for a conversion will be, you might think this to be a good buy...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: First Vintage Watch Purchase

    Why not just buy one of the many nice Unitas 6498s out there as wrist watches today? Everybody from Trias to Tourby makes them. The Unitas 649X calibers were/are pocket watches at heart. They have shock protection as well.
    Also a lot of the 1920s Elgin/Waltham/Illinois wristwatches were pocket watch models when made. You want a hunter case movement though. The one in the Ebay listing is an open face and the orientation's off by 90 degrees.

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