Classic watches, watchmaking, antique tools, history, vintage ephemera and more!

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Watch Conversion

Here's a nice article about the increasingly popular conversion of antique pocketwatch movements to wristatches.


Two things...

First, wristwatches and vintage pocketwatches are different in several ways. It's important to know what you are getting into before buying something like this.

Second, it seems like most of the people doing this don't know much about the repair and service of vintage watches.

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