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    Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    This guy takes old, but good quality American pocket watch movements, completely overhauls them, decorates them and puts them into really nice cases with modern or vintage dials. Prices seem pretty reasonable for what you get. I'm likely going to snag one of these. Can't resist the urge to own a piece of iconic American history in a newly restored, somewhat quirky timepiece. Rpaige

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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    How does he decorate them? All of his movements look pretty much as-made to me.
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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    Son of a biscuit! I loved the idea until I saw the prices!!!

    i love a well done pocket watch conversion. The hardest part is sifting through the Ukrainian parts bin garbage to find a proper gem of a conversion with a well decorated movement (that actually is old), and marries up properly to its correct vintage dial. Preferably a nice black/white enamel dial.

    I was lucky enough to snare one... A turn of the century vulcain, enamel dial, blued hands, three finger bridge and a swan neck regulator.... Beautiful piece.
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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    While we're at it, this is called butchering

    https://www.rpaigewatch.com/shop/elg...ial-from-1917/

    As is this

    https://www.rpaigewatch.com/shop/wro...ial-from-1908/

    And this

    https://www.rpaigewatch.com/shop/ste...illinois-dial/

    And for $2800, I'd think that they could at least reblack the movement lettering(I do it on a $50 cleaning job if so requested)

    https://www.rpaigewatch.com/shop/ori...t-screws-1750/
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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_hutcherson View Post
    How does he decorate them? All of his movements look pretty much as-made to me.
    I'm not sure. These are stock decorations?

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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    BARF!

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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    I was pretty sure some would be offended by what Richard is doing. I don't think he's ripping movements out of pocket watch cases. Believe he bought old stocks of dials and movements.

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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkingTime View Post
    I'm not sure. These are stock decorations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkingTime View Post
    Believe he bought old stocks of dials and movements.
    From the look of the watches presented on his site, I seriously doubt it.
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    Re: Pretty amazing pocket watch conversions

    These are quite possibly the most expensive recasings I've ever seen. They would be a third of the price in their original states
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