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    newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    Hello, I was scouting ebay for a somewhat more special watch when I noticed that a lot of watches that are offered from the WW II era are converted pocket watches. Now I dont mind a big watch on my wrist - not the smallest guy myself- but what struck me were the absurd low prices of these converted watches. I mean, getting a omega in the price range of 200-300 $ seams like to good to be true.
    What am I missing here

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    Re: newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    Frankenwatches possibly. A pocket watch in a wristwatch case that is not original. No shock, dust or water protection.

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    Re: newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    Frankenwatches possibly. A pocket watch in a wristwatch case that is not original. No shock, dust or water protection.
    a frankenwatch?? thats a new one for me they actually combine pieces of watches to make a new one? damm I have a lot to learn, thanks for that. But following your advice, these two below are a no go I gather? Shame, because they looked actually kinda..uhm * cough* good.. yeah I am not such a purist I guess




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    Re: newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    Couple examples here. The nice big one for $100. is a nice fake from Ukraine. Even the movement looks and marked Omega. It is actually very fresh looking in and out and is a good functional watch for $100.

    The other is a real Omega. Properly showing age (1917). See my post couple weeks ago under Omega. Ebay purchase under $200. Price is simply a matter of lack of demand for these simple not really rare old dogs.
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    You know what....If YOU like it and its not fake. BUY IT!! Only have to please yourself.

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    Re: newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    Even if a nice fake. Buy it.

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    The Omega one would worry me; not sure how strong that single point connection on the bottom would end up being.
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    Re: newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    One tell tale sign is the position of the small subsecond dial. An appropriate wristwatch - pocketwatch conversion should use a hunter movement so the subsecond dial is at 6 o'clock. An open face movement would have the dial at 9 o'clock, or the stem will be at 12 o'clock. Check out Art's examples.
    We don't make any recommendations about buying this stuff one way or the other, as long as people know they aren't getting original merchandise. Personally I wouldn't bother, because a pocket watch is just not designed to go on a wrist. The watch companies figured that out in the 1920s.

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    Re: newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    Quote Originally Posted by the3rsss View Post
    You know what....If YOU like it and its not fake. BUY IT!! Only have to please yourself.
    Over time most collectors grow to dislike forgeries... you 'detach' yourself from the watch. So, even if you may like it now, be careful about getting it if it is a fake. As your tastes develop a fake does not turn into a fine Cabernet Sauvignon -- it turns into MD 20/20
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    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: newbie question converted pocket watches WW II era

    I admit getting my money back on the nice fake. It went to an informed user and it came from an aware user. I do see the problem with these. When they are of an uncommon model and so nicely done subsequent owners can be tricked. So buy if you like but keep or junk it.

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