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    Lucky find

    I happened across this 1960 timex 400 in a lot, the case as you can see was way beyond any repair, no lugs. In the same lot was a swiss made belforte sort of cheapie front load case design that was not working. while working on it I thought to try fitting the 400 into it, aside from a very slight difference in dial curvature it slid right in without a fight and the original 400 crown/stem fit perfectly. Since the belforte had no back I searched my junk and found a bezel/crystal from a 1990's timex quartz that snapped on with just enough force as to make a rather nice snug fitting clear back, the original 400 back also fits onto the bezel ring although not as flush so it clear back for this resurrection. After prefitting everything the crystal was not compressing the dial enough to secure it so back to the junk pile and a front mount compression ring from a 60's timex fit very nicely and did the trick, another fitting revealed the ring covered the west germany dial mark so a small mod on the ring now shows the heritage without obstruction. A few pics to show the case mods, german durowe movement and it's brother the 61' 400 with the seiko japan mvt.
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    1979 5513 Submariner
    1977 Timex Milspec Custom Conversion
    1966 Timex 600 Skindiver
    1969 Benrus US Military Issued
    1961 Belforte Sheppard AFB
    1961 Omega Seamaster



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    Re: Lucky find

    Very nice! It seems like your watchmaking skills are considerable. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Lucky find

    its not just luck is it? Its about knowledge, problem solving ability, and perseverance. Oh, and never throwing anything away! Well done - super outcome.
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    Re: Lucky find

    I don't see too many of the 400's anymore, heres mine, German version...$12 at an antique shop....

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    Re: Lucky find

    Quote Originally Posted by sixtysix View Post
    I don't see too many of the 400's anymore, heres mine, German version...$12 at an antique shop....
    that's a nice one and heck of a deal.
    1979 5513 Submariner
    1977 Timex Milspec Custom Conversion
    1966 Timex 600 Skindiver
    1969 Benrus US Military Issued
    1961 Belforte Sheppard AFB
    1961 Omega Seamaster



    "Time spent waiting between the seconds is only conspiring to make me older" DV 2018
    "I don't always agree with everybody but when I do it's because I'm Right"
    DV 2011
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