I want to share my latest project: a MKII Type 48 dial and hands in a Hamilton Khaki Field Auto.
I have always liked the clean, legible design of the IWC Mark XI, but they are way out of my price range right now. And unfortunately the best homage, The MKII Quad 10 is long discontinued. So when I came across an O&W pilot's watch with the MKII Type 48 dial and hands, I immediately grabbed it.
The watch was great, but there was one small issue: 18mm lugs. I know this size is historically accurate, but most of straps are 20mm and the O&W case does not have the option of a fitted bracelet. So I started looking for another watch that I could swap the parts into.
I had owned a Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 38mm and thought that would be the perfect candidate. Unfortunately after sourcing one I realized that it was not going to be as easy as just swapping parts. The dial diameter of the Hamilton is 30mm while the MKII dial is 32mm, so that meant filing 1mm of material from the dial all the way around. I also swapped the Hamilton crown for a sterile crown. It was hard work, but I am very happy with the final product. I also have a MKII Type 53 set that may receive the same treatment.
Here is a quick iPhone shot. I'll post some more pictures when I have time to set up a real camera. Comments appreciated.