Not too long ago, I purchased a non working, late-80s Omega Constellation 396.1080 for the heck of it cause I figured it'd be a fun project. It's a little small at 33mm but my wrist is very rounded so I thought it'd wear okay. I'm by no means a watchmaker, but I figured swapping a movement and cleaning up a case was within the scope of my limited skills. This is how it looked when I got it:
From the other pictures of this model I've seen, it appeared that someone had swapped out the module in an attempt to revive the movement. Didn't work.
I started dis-assembling it:
Cleaned up the bracelet and case back with 800 grit wet and some fine scotchbrite, making sure to tape off the polished areas so they'd remain polished:
Replaced the incomplete clasp with one sourced from the 'bay:
Found a NOS 1438 movement for a whopping $40, also on everyone's favorite auction site, and started by transferring the dial:
Cleaned the case with 800 grit and scotchbrite, and polished the shiny bits with a small buffing wheel on a Dremel:
Mounted the new movement in the case:
Here's a pic comparing the two, with the new one in the case:
And here's the obligatory wrist shot once everything was put back together:
Now I have something I can grab when all my mechanicals are all wound down!