There is a little shop I hit about once a month that usually has a few broken watches every time. I decided not to go this one day, and my wife went without me. About an hour later, she called and said "Get over here!!!" Figuring it must be good, I went.
She had a small plastic bag of wristwatches, maybe 15 or so, and 4 pocket watches on the counter when I got there.
Asking price is always very reasonable, and usually discounted for us, because we are there so often. The bag got knocked down to 10.00, and the highest pocket watch was 30.00.
A quick glance at the stapled shut bag revealed a nice jeweled Waltham, an Omega, and various other nice old pieces.
I opened the backs on the pocket watches, and the movement immediately fell out of the Ball onto the floor. :oops: Well, the second hand was gone already, and the balance staff was broken now for sure. I bought them all and went home to play.
After a little research, it was decided by my wife and I to take them to the watchmaker to be repaired professionally.
She replaced the plastic crystal on the Ball with a glass one, and repaired the broken staff and did all the other magic to make it run perfect. The case is not a Ball case.
The Waltham wristwatch she just had to clean, and I elected not to restore the face, but keep it original. It runs very well too.