Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

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Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#1 Post by Katzenjammer » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:46 am

Greetings,

A few years ago, I inherited an absolutely gorgeous watch - it's somewhat rare, but mostly I care about it because it was my grandfather's and father's. So, it's in pretty good shape but every once in a while I've had to get it repaired. And now, the sweep second hand gear is broken. Ugg.

So, my question is this: I want to be able to use this watch for the rest of my life. I have a chance to purchase the identical watch; it's rather expensive, but my reasoning is that I have access to parts, which I can harvest from the "new" acquisition. Is this a dumb idea? Or something you advise my doing?

I don't know anything about watches or repairing them.

Thanks!

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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#2 Post by vintagehamiltons » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:58 am

It's not a dumb idea at all. Parts for some models are nearly impossible to source and many of us collectors have spare parts watches for them.
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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#3 Post by Katzenjammer » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:06 am

Thanks Tom :) Aside from purchasing a second watch, where is the best place to source watch parts for vintage watches? Places like this forum? Many thanks again.

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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#4 Post by veritas123 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:01 pm

That would depend greatly on the model watch we are talking about . If you could share a picture of your watch including one of the movement and some information about it would help.

What is "rare " to one may be another's colleting passion and parts are readily available.

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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#5 Post by stryfox » Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:44 pm

Some movements are fairly common. Some are very hard to find.
If you can post some movement photos we can get a better idea of what you are dealing with.
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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#6 Post by Katzenjammer » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:29 am

Thanks guys; okay, I'll visit my watch repairman and have him open it so I can take a photo of the movement. BTW, I'm in Boston - can anyone recommend a watch repairman? Not satisfied at all with the current fellow who shall go nameless, lol :) Thanks!

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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#7 Post by Katzenjammer » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:29 pm

Okay, lol...I finally obtained a photo. :)

My original question was: I want to be able to use this watch for the rest of my life. I have a chance to purchase the identical watch; it's rather expensive, but my reasoning is that I have access to parts, which I can harvest from the "new" acquisition. Is this a dumb idea? Or something you advise my doing?
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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#8 Post by Katzenjammer » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:35 pm

I have found a new repairman in Boston, whom I like very much so far. 8-)

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#9 Post by Katzenjammer » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:37 am

My question is, are parts for this movement readily available? Or are they hard to find and liable to be even harder to find years from now? Thanks!

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Re: Vintage 1930s Heirloom & Question

#10 Post by Katzenjammer » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:58 pm

Gosh, it must be pretty rare? 64 views and no responses? :) Okay, that sort of answers my question I suppose.

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