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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Quote Originally Posted by manchette View Post
    Hello ;)
    If you know any good seller for reliable Hmts please share, this one looks brillant :) (i've got one but it did not worked long).
    I purchased mine from eBay seller vintagewatchesforuk. They are still going strong after more than a year.

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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Those HMTs look like redials.

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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Quote Originally Posted by dropmyload View Post
    Those HMTs look like redials.

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    I'm almost positive they are. You can't have everything for a dozen bucks
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    Quote Originally Posted by dropmyload View Post
    Those HMTs look like redials.

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    They make ORIGINAL dial HMTs? When did that happen?😋
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    Battery changed, no problem, but I had the bastard of all jobs to adjust the bracelet. Ended up taking a link off with a hacksaw. Happy enough with the watch though.
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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Quote Originally Posted by mougino View Post
    I purchased mine from eBay seller vintagewatchesforuk. They are still going strong after more than a year.

    Nicolas

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    i bought one frankenwatch from them and the crown is so hard to turn i just dont use the watch
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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Quote Originally Posted by mougino View Post
    I purchased mine from eBay seller vintagewatchesforuk. They are still going strong after more than a year.

    Nicolas

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    That's a good seller on eBay. Bought a couple from them before. Good decent quality compared to other sellers. Watches are at least keep decent time.

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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Hello,
    I checked, i actually have bought my Hmt from the same vintagewatchesforuk seller. I can't wind it, and the second hand is not moving.
    When i wear it the second hand does not move, when i check it a bit on the wrist the second hand moves 5 seconds and stops, then 5 seconds and stops etc...
    It is very difficult to find someone willing to look at this kind of watch in Europe i'm afraid. Is there something i can do easily to help it to work ?
    I'm wondering what is the % of bad product with this type of watch/movement, but maybe i bought the wrong one (?).
    Time is money.
    What does the second hand of a watch say every time it crosses the hour hand ? ... Wait a minute, I'm going for a walk.
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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Quote Originally Posted by manchette View Post
    Hello,
    I checked, i actually have bought my Hmt from the same vintagewatchesforuk seller. I can't wind it, and the second hand is not moving.
    When i wear it the second hand does not move, when i check it a bit on the wrist the second hand moves 5 seconds and stops, then 5 seconds and stops etc...
    It is very difficult to find someone willing to look at this kind of watch in Europe i'm afraid. Is there something i can do easily to help it to work ?
    I'm wondering what is the % of bad product with this type of watch/movement, but maybe i bought the wrong one (?).
    To be honest may be a bit of a luck involved when buying. I bought 5 watches, 2 from vintagewatchesforuk, 3 from 2 diff sellers.

    4 was ok and 1 had this problem where there second hand was jerking and has an accuracy of +10mins per hour!! So it's sitting in a box for now. The other four are perfect.

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    Re: 20 dollars or less, let's see them!

    Quote Originally Posted by manchette View Post
    I checked, i actually have bought my Hmt from the same vintagewatchesforuk seller. I can't wind it, and the second hand is not moving.
    When i wear it the second hand does not move, when i check it a bit on the wrist the second hand moves 5 seconds and stops, then 5 seconds and stops etc...
    It is very difficult to find someone willing to look at this kind of watch in Europe i'm afraid. Is there something i can do easily to help it to work ?
    I'm wondering what is the % of bad product with this type of watch/movement, but maybe i bought the wrong one (?).
    It's less inherent qualities of the movement than the appalling state of the movements in these sorts of thrown together fantasy redial watches sold on Ebay. Out of four such watches I bought years ago for the Hell of it, every one when opened proved to be dirty, unoiled or minimally oiled, and corroded. I doubt any such watches in this peculiar slice of the market are actually in good condition. If they run accurately at all, it's by sheer accident, and they will not do so for long. (Note that I'm speaking of the slapdash redial watches sold on Ebay, not HMT watches in their original state; though many of those too suffered poor lubrication, they at least used new, unrusted parts assembled in relatively clean conditions.)

    Though the movement is quite simple and could be worked on by any watchmaker, the cheap Ebay redial HMTs are certainly not worth paying anyone to work on. If you have the inclination, you could buy some tools and learn to disassemble, clean, and reassemble a movement; you would spend many times the value of the watch doing so, but you'd have the tools and gain experience which you could reuse in the future. Short of that, I'd just put it in a drawer to serve as spare parts in case you ever find an HMT worth having someone restore, if indeed it has any salvageable parts at all.

    Edit to add: I hate to sound so negative, but there's really no way around the fact these poorly rebuilt watches are not good for much more than a lark. If you're truly interested in finding a good original HMT, they exist and do not even have to be terribly expensive, but you must "buy the seller" and shop carefully. The many HMT experts posting regularly in the HMT threads here in f71 are invaluable resources who can help you find these.
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