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...And Why You Don't Take It.

I have a Hamilton 992E in a #9 case, which has...issues. The bow is bent, and the stem is messed up and I'm pretty much certain it's not the right one - the crown and stem slide up and down about 2mm.


On a whim, I bought a #10 case on Ebay, which would be correct for at least some years of 992E, and which I like better than I do the #9. (Critics will say that dismembering an original watch to make a merely correct watch is A Bad Thing. Mea culpa.) I got the case, and it's beautiful! I swapped the 992E into it, and it looked great! Except.... Screw marks. Two prominent screw marks, not in the right place for a 992E. Turned out I couldn't live with that. So I set about finding a 992b to put in it. Back to Ebay...


I ended up buying a movement from a year when the #10 case was sold, a dial appropriate to that time, and a set of hands, in three separate auctions, meaning the pieces came from 4 different watches. So, in the end, I paid about twice as much as it would cost to simply buy a 992b in its original #10 case, AND I supported sellers who take original watches apart to sell the components for a higher price, which is a practice I don't agree with.


But it turned out beautiful!





Here's the movement. Was impressed with the quality, which, honestly, seems quite a bit higher than the contemporary Elgin 478, though perhaps the better comparator would be the Elgin 571.





I was surprised to find that the jewels in the bridges were in gold settings. Later 992Bs had brass settings.


Also, keen eyes will note there's a pallet bridge screw missing. I sourced one of those from Ebay, too, bringing the number of source watches up to 5.


Anyhow, I've learned my lesson - the roundabout way to put together a watch you want is also by far the most expensive way to get there.
 

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It looks great! And if you had fun - it was worth it. Reminds me of the time I wanted to build my own computer but when I priced out all the components, I couldn't come close to buying a newly complete computer from Dell. Still would have been fun though. I ended up finding an old computer at work and replacing the motherboard on Ebay, which satisfied the urge.
 

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So you learned a good lesson AND you ended up with a nice watch! Win-win. ;-)
 

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While you may never get your money back I’m sure the experience was priceless.

The results are beautiful.

You’re not alone in loving money pit projects...


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Wow, that sure looks like a great outcome!
I have a 1920's Waltham that belonged to my grandfather. It doesn't run, I should get it repaired.
 

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This leads to a question - what do you call a watch that's put together from other watches, but which is correct? If it's a Frankenstein Watch, then it's as if Frankenstein's Monster were to be assembled only from parts from identical twins.
 
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