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Briefly, Watch Parts

One thing that I have seen happen in the past 10 years or so, especially, is that I get more and more email from watchmakers, and hobbyists both, looking for a particular part.

Besides the fact that replacement parts often don't just "drop in" on vintage watches, I am nowhere near organized enough to pull something off the self and know it would be right for a given watch. That's one reason I virtually never sell parts.

Parts are getting much harder to find, really fast. These are the years where the mountains of replacements those old factories left us are finally drying up. Many things that were common just a few years ago, for common American makes like Elgin, now have to be hunted down.

Soon it will no longer be possible to repair some watches, without something being custom made.

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