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    Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    It was made in USA!
    I feel that its soo bad, that I might possibly have one of a kind item that is worth restoring. Thoughts?



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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

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    Nope. They made thousands
    These VERY basic movements are difficult to repair if not impossible
    Thats what I found
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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    Thousands? Doesn't sound like alot. I wonder how many actually survived though.

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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derevna View Post
    Thousands? Doesn't sound like alot. I wonder how many actually survived though.
    THOUSANDS!!

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    I NEVER meant a few thousand - i meant 100,000 thousand OR a LOT
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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    I think that that wasn't meant to be taken too literally. If you want a more accurate assessment, the minimum would be "hundreds of thousands" and probably even "millions". Just as a comparison: in these days when most watches are quartz, the "entry level" European (i.e. Swiss) watch movements are ETA movements and, even considering that mechanical watches are no longer "dollar watches" like your Westclox, the ETA make in excess of a million movements - every year! So for your Westclox, you might even end up at "tens of millions" over the years.....

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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    Thanks, I understand perfectly that its not a $ worthy watch. This was supposed to be a joke thread.... Anyways, I am pretty sure that 100000000000000 units made =/ 100000000000000 of them survived. With such crappy quality I am sure that these were disposed of without any thought. Its just a cool piece of history imo.

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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derevna View Post
    This was supposed to be a joke thread....
    Sorry - But what is a "joke thread"
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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    I wasn't serious. Just wanted to post pictures of a new watch in my collection. Title is from fast and furious movie.....................

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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    . . . . . These VERY basic movements are difficult to repair if not impossible . . . . . .

    There's nothing remotely difficult about their repair/service at all - they are quite straight forward and lack basic challenge. [Pictured below is movement in the same caliber family series as the OP's Westclox (exhibiting very decent amplitude and a sub 30 second delta).]
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    Re: Whats the retail on one of those? More than you can afford, Westclox.

    Quote Originally Posted by pithy View Post
    There's nothing remotely difficult about their repair/service at all - they are quite straight forward and lack basic challenge. [Pictured below is movement in the same caliber family series as the OP's Westclox (exhibiting very decent amplitude and a sub 30 second delta).]
    These are almost never serviced for two reasons: some are really not built for service, not using screws for example. They can be serviced but one needs techniques not normally utilized The other is the economic value is not high after service... often insufficient to cover the cost of repair.

    My watchmaker won't quote repair on them because he has enough work on 'real' watches and these represent a repair time which is not predictable. Thus they merit even higher than normal charges which are not sustainable to this market.
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    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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