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    Making Something Out of Nothing

    My silver cased Vulcain has a ruined movement so I am in the process of making the best of it. I won this 0 size Waltham which is being shipped to my watch maker. I also included pictures of th watch. Better a working watch assembled from parts then a ruined watch
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    Re: Making Something Out of Nothing

    That is a very nice Waltham movement and deserves to be re-cased and used.
    I look forward to seeing the finished watch.

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    that looks very nice.

    perhaps you can help me understand something. the waltham movement doesn't appear to have the screw that allows teh stem to be removed, which makes me think it's a negative set. at least, i think that's what it's called. the stem is a part of the case in that situation. but the vulcain does appear to have it.

    can that case be altered to accept this style movement? am i completely wrong about the stem arrangement on the waltham?

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    Re: Making Something Out of Nothing

    You are right S, that is a negative set movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherwoodschwartz View Post
    that looks very nice.

    perhaps you can help me understand something. the waltham movement doesn't appear to have the screw that allows teh stem to be removed, which makes me think it's a negative set. at least, i think that's what it's called. the stem is a part of the case in that situation. but the vulcain does appear to have it.

    can that case be altered to accept this style movement? am i completely wrong about the stem arrangement on the waltham?
    Sometimes you need to know an old watch maker with a stock of parts. The watchmaker that has it might not, but I talked to my old watchmaking friend today, no problem. He has the parts if he can find the time. I did not mean to buy a negative set movement but what can you do.

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    huh, interesting. i wasn't aware that there was enough clearance in a non-negative set case to get the stem assembly to fit. i'd love to see what arrangement your watchmaker comes up with.

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    I think it would be rather similar to how these two were done. The first kind of shows that there is a sleeve over the winding stem and the crown surrounds it. The pendant sleeve only needs less then 1mm in the case. Either you use a big crown to hide the sleeve or crown sticks out a bit.
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    Pretty ingenious~Looking forward to the finished product, cheers!

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    I looked up the serial numbers the first is a 3/0 movement but the second is a later 7J model 1900 0 size so I know it can be done with good results.

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    Interesting, I had thought that was going to be a major bump in the road. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing it done

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