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    The Road Less Traveled By

    ...And Why You Don't Take It.

    I have a Hamilton 992E in a #9 case, which has...issues. The bow is bent, and the stem is messed up and I'm pretty much certain it's not the right one - the crown and stem slide up and down about 2mm.


    On a whim, I bought a #10 case on Ebay, which would be correct for at least some years of 992E, and which I like better than I do the #9. (Critics will say that dismembering an original watch to make a merely correct watch is A Bad Thing. Mea culpa.) I got the case, and it's beautiful! I swapped the 992E into it, and it looked great! Except.... Screw marks. Two prominent screw marks, not in the right place for a 992E. Turned out I couldn't live with that. So I set about finding a 992b to put in it. Back to Ebay...


    I ended up buying a movement from a year when the #10 case was sold, a dial appropriate to that time, and a set of hands, in three separate auctions, meaning the pieces came from 4 different watches. So, in the end, I paid about twice as much as it would cost to simply buy a 992b in its original #10 case, AND I supported sellers who take original watches apart to sell the components for a higher price, which is a practice I don't agree with.


    But it turned out beautiful!





    Here's the movement. Was impressed with the quality, which, honestly, seems quite a bit higher than the contemporary Elgin 478, though perhaps the better comparator would be the Elgin 571.





    I was surprised to find that the jewels in the bridges were in gold settings. Later 992Bs had brass settings.


    Also, keen eyes will note there's a pallet bridge screw missing. I sourced one of those from Ebay, too, bringing the number of source watches up to 5.


    Anyhow, I've learned my lesson - the roundabout way to put together a watch you want is also by far the most expensive way to get there.
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    Re: The Road Less Traveled By

    Well at least you didn't give up! Lol It turned out nice!
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    Re: The Road Less Traveled By

    It looks great! And if you had fun - it was worth it. Reminds me of the time I wanted to build my own computer but when I priced out all the components, I couldn't come close to buying a newly complete computer from Dell. Still would have been fun though. I ended up finding an old computer at work and replacing the motherboard on Ebay, which satisfied the urge.
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    Re: The Road Less Traveled By

    So you learned a good lesson AND you ended up with a nice watch! Win-win.
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    Re: The Road Less Traveled By

    While you may never get your money back I’m sure the experience was priceless.

    The results are beautiful.

    You’re not alone in loving money pit projects...


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    Re: The Road Less Traveled By

    Wow, that sure looks like a great outcome!
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    Re: The Road Less Traveled By

    This leads to a question - what do you call a watch that's put together from other watches, but which is correct? If it's a Frankenstein Watch, then it's as if Frankenstein's Monster were to be assembled only from parts from identical twins.
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