My 1940 Hamilton 921 reincarnated!!!

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    My 1940 Hamilton 921 reincarnated!!!

    I hunt/collect pocket watches of many types. Some I collect, some I re-sell. This summer I found this 1940ish Hamilton 12s 21jewel Hamilton. The open case was 14k and although I like to think that most watches I sell will not get scrapped for the metal content, I always realize that possibility in the back of my mind.

    Well, this one was sold over the summer and just recently I was browsing Hamilton on eBay when a seller name caught my eye. Sure enough, his name was in my feedback attached to the Hamilton I sold. I was currently looking at a wristwatch with a tricked out 921 movement. It was all skeletonized, and vintage which caught my eye. I liked the watch first. Secondly, I couldn't help but compare the serial number on the movement to the one I sold him. A match! I really don't like the idea of scrapping cases, but I'm sure that's what happened in this case.

    However, the end result was quite nice... and it was the movement I found... and I liked how it looked. The seller turned out to be a good watchmaker. And he did an excellent job. I wear the watch daily. It just occurred to me you all might find the story and pix interesting. Any similar experiences?
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    I have not come across anything that looked that good. But I have to say that, while it is a shame about the case, I do like the looks of "new" watch. Very cool.

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    How big is the case? I really liked the 'new' watch...

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    You know...I can see one big problem with that watch. The twelve is below the crown. If the crown's on the right, then that's 9 at the lug there...someone's going to get damn confused telling the time with that ticker.
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    I believe that you would've been better served with a custom dial or a conversion based on a hunter case movement. I do like the see thru back but a custom dial with the sub seconds at 9 and crown at 3 would give it an vintage Flieger look. I am currently having a, 0 size Model 1900 Hunter Case Waltham, fitted to a vintage silver cushion case. Some ham handed watchmaker had ruined the original movement beyond economic repair. It'll be a very attractive watch I've seen the movement fitted to the the case but it still needed the stem tube, stem and crown.

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    Re: My 1940 Hamilton 921 reincarnated!!!

    A great way of saving an orphaned movement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    A great way of saving an orphaned movement!
    The way it was orphaned was not so great. No offense to AccuJohn though.
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    I think this butchering is going on all the time. Only us enthusiasts would never do it.
    Sadly, soon we will not see many gold cased PW `anymore.

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    It was meant to be~Congrats!

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    Re: My 1940 Hamilton 921 reincarnated!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by AccuJohn View Post
    I hunt/collect pocket watches of many types. Some I collect, some I re-sell. This summer I found this 1940ish Hamilton 12s 21jewel Hamilton. The open case was 14k and although I like to think that most watches I sell will not get scrapped for the metal content, I always realize that possibility in the back of my mind.

    Well, this one was sold over the summer and just recently I was browsing Hamilton on eBay when a seller name caught my eye. Sure enough, his name was in my feedback attached to the Hamilton I sold. I was currently looking at a wristwatch with a tricked out 921 movement. It was all skeletonized, and vintage which caught my eye. I liked the watch first. Secondly, I couldn't help but compare the serial number on the movement to the one I sold him. A match! I really don't like the idea of scrapping cases, but I'm sure that's what happened in this case.

    However, the end result was quite nice... and it was the movement I found... and I liked how it looked. The seller turned out to be a good watchmaker. And he did an excellent job. I wear the watch daily. It just occurred to me you all might find the story and pix interesting. Any similar experiences?
    I'm glad to see that the next buyer got some use out of that movement. While the display back gives a nice view of an attractive movement I can't be complimentary about the dial. The inner bezel looks like a movement spacer flipped and marked for timekeeping. The dial side of the movement should have been either skeletonized to show the gear train or covered up with something attractive. The result looks hacked together up to me. Having the seconds hand at 9:00 is ok.
    Last edited by John MS; October 10th, 2010 at 22:49.

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