yeah this one dose look like the lugs may have been bent on purpose. But I don't see any sign of pliers marks or dings from a hammer blow.
Thinking maybe they used a bench vise to squeeze the lugs. No matter, I'll give the torch a try and see how it goes. Worst that can happen is I use
that NOS case as back up for this one.
Reason I want to save this one is because 1963 was a transition year where Timex used two different movements.
One was the older #22 and the other the newer #24. This one is a #22 which is getting harder to find these days. That could be because I hoard them