New to the forum and new to watch collecting and Horology.
I've been buying vintage watches in spares/repair condition as a view to getting a 'deal', to fix and live happily ever after.
I've recently purchased a, in my opinion, lovely 1940's US Military Universal Geneve with a Cal. 260 movement.
Unfortunately the hairspring appears to have been subjected to incredible torture, I didn't realise it was possibly to twist in so many directions!
My question is what is the general concenus on watches with hard to obtain spares? Does knowing it may be hard to purchase sparess affect your purchasing decision? Or does the fact that you could, potentially, get a deal make the reward worth the risk?
I've tried all of the common spares dealers and various auction sites without succes, do I cut my losses and resell or do I put to one side with the faint hope of one day being able to get the old girl breathing again?
I've attached some pictures, if you're interested.
Thanks in advance.