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I've been contemplating future purchases and have a short list of oddballs. One is a Starking. I know, I know. They're a crapshoot, but follow me. You get a stainless case, sapphire crystal, and with some models a steel bracelet with a deployment clasp for around $50. Try to find all those parts separately for $50 AND remember you get a 28800 bph movement on top of that. Yes, it might be DOA or die in a year or two but that takes me to my next step; movement replacement. Since it is based on the Miyota 82 series you SHOULD be able to drop in a DG2813, NN2813, ST2100, ETA 2836, or a Liaoning SL3000? The swap might also require a dial and/or hands change but that's part of the fun, right? So, sound like a possibility or a bad idea looking to take advantage of a poor horological hobbyist?
 

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Other on this forum have undertaken these kinds of projects. so long as you have all the measurements for the movement that you're swapping out and the measurements for the movement that you're swapping in, there should not be too many surprises. Play close attention to not only the total thickness but also the stem-to-dial height. And the hand sizes. But you probably know all that already.
 

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Yes, Brightling007 posted on the Starking thread that he had been doing swaps in the other direction; putting Starking SK movements in cases for DG, Miyota, and ETA movements. Since it works that way, which doesn't require a dial change or hand swap (if using ETA hands), then why not the other way?
 

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Stems might be a concern, but shortening one isn't a problem and if you need a longer one then a visit to Esslinger's or Ofrei's websites should handle it. Plus I'm not too concerned about water resistance with a dress watch; Starking only claims 50m anyway.
 

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Sounds like you should try it! Definitely let us know.

Just keep in mind that $50 in your retirement fund at 7% over 40 years is $748 and 72 cents. Which will probably not buy you a watch; I mean, who wears watches in 2059 anyway?
 

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Went ahead and pulled the trigger on an AM0184 from Amazon. It arrived yesterday.
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Okay; step one complete. Now just have to wait for the movement to die because it was not DOA. As a matter of fact the second hand started moving as soon as I took it out of the box. I then peeled all the clear plastic off of the watch, which did have helpful arrow stickers on it to mark its edges. I then pulled the crown out to the second position to set the time and it DID NOT fall out. Hey, maybe Starking's QC is improving? I then pushed the crown into the first position and set the date, which is almost centered in its tiny window. I put it on and whoa... needed a couple of links taken out. Didn't get a chance to size it until this evening. This is my first watch with solid links and my first 28,800 bph movement; which sounds frantic compared to my 21,600 bph movements. But the second hand sweep is fun to watch.
 

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Went ahead and pulled the trigger on an AM0184 from Amazon. It arrived yesterday.
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Okay; step one complete. Now just have to wait for the movement to die because it was not DOA. As a matter of fact the second hand started moving as soon as I took it out of the box. I then peeled all the clear plastic off of the watch, which did have helpful arrow stickers on it to mark its edges. I then pulled the crown out to the second position to set the time and it DID NOT fall out. Hey, maybe Starking's QC is improving? I then pushed the crown into the first position and set the date, which is almost centered in its tiny window. I put it on and whoa... needed a couple of links taken out. Didn't get a chance to size it until this evening. This is my first watch with solid links and my first 28,800 bph movement; which sounds frantic compared to my 21,600 bph movements. But the second hand sweep is fun to watch.
Could be possible. If Invicta and REEF TIGER can improve Starking definitely can
 
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