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..... prepping this case for the belt buckle movement and dial only to discover that it's Pure White 44, meaning it's 18kt white gold colored by using palladium which is a lighter and more malluable form of platinum.

The interesting things you discover while playing about with watch bits.

Likes like the finished watch is going to be pretty valuable!



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Well, palladium and platinum are different elements. Platinum is indeed very hard so its use in jewelry is usually limited to pieces which need its strength.

I never heard these described as belt buckle cases but they do look like a small belt buckle. With the fixed lugs I would assume this dates to the 20's or early 30's. Nice piece!
 

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Well, palladium and platinum are different elements. Platinum is indeed very hard so its use in jewelry is usually limited to pieces which need its strength.

I never heard these described as belt buckle cases but they do look like a small belt buckle. With the fixed lugs I would assume this dates to the 20's or early 30's. Nice piece!
No no, I'm putting that movement and dial into this case. They're sitting doing nothing and it's a perfect fit. Just another project.

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Well, palladium and platinum are different elements. Platinum is indeed very hard so its use in jewelry is usually limited to pieces which need its strength.

I never heard these described as belt buckle cases but they do look like a small belt buckle. With the fixed lugs I would assume this dates to the 20's or early 30's. Nice piece!
Platinum isn't really all that hard. It's harder than gold but only about as hard as ordinary steel. In addition, steel can be tegimented or hardened in other ways to strengthen it further. Tegimented steel watches by Sinn reach 1200-1500 Vickers - platinum is only around 100-200 depending on the metals it's mixed with. The great advantage of platinum is that it's a very "gummy" metal, i.e. when scraped, no metal comes off, it's just shifted sideways. This makes it hell to work with - it wears out the machinery in no time. Which is one reason why processed platinum is so expensive (the other being its greater rarity than gold and the like).

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PLATINUM; notice today is priced as a material or investment at near gold worldwide. Only sells higher as jewelry.

Platinum 90% pure back 12s LORD ELGIN was cheaper than 14k solid gold artb
 

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Gold and platinum are now the same price... for a while gold was higher!

I don't think tegimentation was around when this case was made.

Preston!! Please post finished pics!!
 

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Gold and platinum are now the same price... for a while gold was higher!

I don't think tegimentation was around when this case was made.

Preston!! Please post finished pics!!
I'll post finished pics thanks for all the insight guys.

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Some more insight on the movement and dial. At first I thought it might have been a belt buckle watch when in fact it's a from a fold out purse watch.



I also found out that the company Canava was registered in two countries, Germany and Canada (Quebec) around 1952

Finally the movement is a re named Enicar cal. 410

I like the final result.

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