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    Question James Wadsworth Manchester

    Hi all-
    I have became obsessed of late with vintage pocket watches. Here is my latest catch that I am trying to get info on. Any information on this 18s would be appreciated and any ideas on repairing the dial would be all so.

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    Re: James Wadsworth Manchester

    I would guess this is a Swiss imported movement used by a jeweler in Manchaster for a private labeled watch. Probably it dates from after the collapse of the English watch industry... 1900-1925 would be my best guess based on what data currently exists.

    Repairing porcelain dials is an artform. Non-trivial for good repairs. Whiteout has been used for non-good repairs. A good repair would exceed the value of the watch by at least a power of ten.
    "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: James Wadsworth Manchester

    Would it be terrible if I found a sterile replacement dial for this watch since it is "private label"?

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    Re: James Wadsworth Manchester

    If the replacement dial makes you happy, go for it. This one has seen it's day.
    Last edited by Eeeb; December 15th, 2010 at 05:46. Reason: spelling
    "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: James Wadsworth Manchester

    If you had a small fortune, you could have the dial repaired, but I reckon it would be cheaper to get a replacement, 18-size dial.
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    Re: James Wadsworth Manchester

    Quote Originally Posted by sbyrd68 View Post
    Would it be terrible if I found a sterile replacement dial for this watch since it is "private label"?
    Better a working useable watch than in the rubbish/parts bin.

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