What pocketwatch is plentiful and easy to work on?

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    What pocketwatch is plentiful and easy to work on?

    I'm looking to get a 7-15 jewel pocket watch for ~$20 to take apart and reassemble a lot. What is a good pocketwatch to work on?

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    Re: What pocketwatch is plentiful and easy to work on?

    Anything Elgin or Waltham will be good and should be able to be had well within that price range.

    Pick a 12 or 16 size, as these are big enough to see easily, and easier to put back together than 18 size.
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    Re: What pocketwatch is plentiful and easy to work on?

    Are 3/4th plate watches easier to work on than full plate ones? Are 3 finger watches the easiest? What should I look for in a watch that indicates it's easy to work on? And what makes a watch difficult to work on? What should I avoid?

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    Re: What pocketwatch is plentiful and easy to work on?

    The 3/4 and finger bridge watches are slightly easier to put back together; full plate watches can be tricky to get all the pivots lined up. To be honest, the keyless works are more problematic then the bridges; I despise the keyless works on (for example) the Waltham 1894.
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