Vintage Movements in Modern Cases

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caesarmascetti
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Vintage Movements in Modern Cases

Post by caesarmascetti » Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:24 am

specifically pocket watch movements, some of the movements made in the USA in the early 20th century were considered to be the best watch movements in the world during their day. With the advent of "oversized" men's watches this has enabled the fitting of these vintage movements into wristwatch cases, giving them a new lease on life these are my two, a Panerai Homage, and a Pilot watch both housing a Hamilton 917 movement, these m movements are dimensionally almost identical to a Unitas 6497 (not sure about the number), but much better made:

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these are my pilot watch the Panerai homage is listed in another post in the Panerai forum. I think it's a great way to breath new life into a very good vintage movement.

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Re: Vintage Movements in Modern Cases

Post by ncstate1201 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:56 pm

Just curious what are the case dimensions? And I am curious where you sourced your parts (even though it most likely will not work for my tiny wrist).
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Re: Vintage Movements in Modern Cases

Post by aikiman44 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:57 pm

They both look great. Maybe this will become a thing.
"We'd better synchronize our watches."

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Re: Vintage Movements in Modern Cases

Post by andrema » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:09 am

It looks great. I always appreciated those old Hamilton movements. The only thing that kept me away is the larger case needed to hold them.
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Re: Vintage Movements in Modern Cases

Post by caesarmascetti » Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:15 pm

the case is a 44mm case so it's not huge, also relatively thin here is where I sourced most everything:

http://www.helenarou.com/index.html

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Re: Vintage Movements in Modern Cases

Post by 2ar2c1 » Sun May 07, 2017 1:10 pm

same with old cortebert movements: i hear from watchmakers that they won't guarantee such a swap, as the old movements don't have shock absorbing systems like incabloc to protect the balance.

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