So I've been reading a lot on the forum here. First, thank you to everyone here. I've learned a lot, which is nearly nothing compared to those here. Being as I'm not overflowing with discretionary income, I've made my first purchase, but it's a cheap one. The case is rough but it "works" and it only cost $10 (with an extra non working watch to boot!). It's a Croton Nivada Grenchen. When I opened it up I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the movement. It appears to be in great shape. My plan is to remove the movement and crystal and separate the crown. Then gently sand down the crown and case and then electroplated it (possibly nickel?) myself. I'm more confident in my ability to restore the exterior than to even touch the movement without damaging something. I'll leave that to the professionals. I'll update when I found out how many seconds/day it's off.
I know it's not a "special" watch, but it will be for me. My first automatic movement, my first Swiss, and my fist vintage. I know it won't raise much excitement on here but I hope to improve upon its condition and if all goes well, I'll be brave enough to spend some $$$ on the next one.
Thanks all. I'll post updates as I fix her up.