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Pocket to wristwatch Conversion

There's an interesting piece over at Worn and Wound about converting vintage pocketwatches to wristwatches, with loads of great photos.


This is an intriguing idea, but it should be kept in mind that pocketwatch movements were designed to be in vest pockets, not swinging around at the end of your arm.  Their relatively slow beat rate and fragile parts may cause them not do so well with a lot of motion.  You'd have to be careful wearing such a thing.


Cool for sure, but may not be for everyone...



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