pic is lost, here´s a new:
first part has ended finally, and luckily. ( see pics) Story has begun many years ago. It was at the time when I began to collect watches. I bought nearly anything that ticked. Wristwatches, pocketwatches, some wallclocks. As well as dials, cases, hundreds of single movements – I always thought, one of these days I´ll make some watches from this stuff.. I didn´t believe the old watchmaker, who said „ You´ll never find a case to a single movement and the other way round“.
So one day I purchased two NOS cases on a watch fair in Cologne. One for a Chronomvnt and one for > Never ending story Part II < following soon ( I hope ).
Next, I tried to find out for which mvnt my case was. The old watchmaker said „ You´ll never find...“. But I began to collect books, magazins and auction-katalogs. I learned that the case was for Valjoux 72c or 730. BINGO ! Go out and try to find a Valjoux 72c without case! Some dealers have it, but they need it for old Rolex „repair“. Sometimes I saw complete Chronos with 730, but would it make sense to buy a watch just to change the cases?
So my case went into the drawer, till years later I found a brand new Wakmann dial, that fitted into my case. It went into the drawer near the case.
Then, it was in 2005 one guy from California send me an e-mail, saying he´s got an old 730 but not complete. I send him the money, he sent the mvnt. Next step was to find the missing parts.
Hard job, I tell you. In the end, they came from Swizterland.
Next, I didn´t like the dial anymore. It had too fat markers, so it went to the dialer. Then I needed a set of hands ! Watchmakers hate to search hands, but a local dealer found a set for me.
All that stuff I took to a new watchmaker ( the old one had died in between ), and after months he finally called me . > READY <
I think it was worth it, after all. Because that is what our hobby is all about. Searching and hunting and getting a result one day. (imo). I wich I could show it to the old watchmaker, who always said „You´ll never...“