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by JackW
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: What you wish you knew
Replies: 26
Views: 834

Re: What you wish you knew

Case wear is unrepairable? Depends.... two factors are skill and tools. The two approaches are adding gold via torch and solder -or- using a laser welder. That is the easy part. Re-shaping the area one has added metal to with file and emery paper and then polishing while not removing gold from the ...
by JackW
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: Gruen watch
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Gruen watch

The Gruen caliber 430 is not a Curvex model. It is related and has interchangeable parts with the caliber 440. The 440 is a Curvex model. I've seen watches that have had Curvex printed on the dials as a redial that was fitted with the 430 movement. Pictures would help.
by JackW
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My First Solid Gold Watch
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: My First Solid Gold Watch

That is a phenomenal watch! That will be a hard act to follow for the 2nd solid gold watch. When you do the overhaul, please post an image of movement's dial side. I'd like to see the setting bits arrangement.
by JackW
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: Alpina Gruen 14K two-tone
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: Alpina Gruen 14K two-tone

What a beautiful watch. Thank god it's a ladies watch. I read the title and saw who posted it and thought "oh, s***, time to scrounge up some cash." :lol: Cool watch. That case has Weber written all over it. I'm guessing a 5-digit serial number on the back? I thought of you immediately when I saw th...
by JackW
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: Questions about a Rectangular Filled-gold Gruen 148
Replies: 13
Views: 1033

Re: Questions about a Rectangular Filled-gold Gruen 148

It has not been that common to uses gold plated material in Switzerland, but there were quite a lot of gold filled swiss watch cases. I think Gruen just did not import them because there was no benefit in doing so. Importing solid gold watches saved tooling cost as the sales quantities were much lo...
by JackW
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Elgin Watch Forum
Topic: Elgin Air Corps Watches
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: Elgin Air Corps Watches

I'd look at those inscriptions under a higher magnification. Like 50x. Are the edges rough or smooth? The equipment for that style engraving has been around for some time, but if those were real issued military watches, I'd expect to see more wear. Stan did a nice job with a similarly questionable e...
by JackW
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: My Gruen display
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

Re: My Gruen display

Both of those displays are quite nice. Restorations aren't just for watches.
by JackW
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Solid 14k cut corner engraved
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: Solid 14k cut corner engraved

My 14K yellow plain cut-corner says hello brother...
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by JackW
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Gruen Watch Forum
Topic: my first Gruen
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: my first Gruen

keeping an eye on bay, this model is 25 jewels. Does the winding mechanism also have to be 25 jewels? Also, I've been winding it up manually and it doesn't seem to reach the full wound position like other watches; curious? This is because these are designed to start slipping at a certain point in t...
by JackW
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Hamilton and early aviation
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: Hamilton and early aviation

Thought I'd add to this post, that I can now confirm that these watches are good for aviation purposes....
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...granted I think I was likely considered "baggage" by the guy who was actually flying.