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    Hello all and thanks for the recent feedback on my custom watch project. I sold that one and am moving on to the next. I'm at the stage of obtaining some interesting Unitas movements and trying some case suppliers as well as suppliers of dials, hands, straps...

    Here's the most recent arrival. Case and dial from Switzerland, the movement is a very clean vintage 6497:





    Obviously, I still need to install the hands, trim down the stem and add a steel crown. Straps are on their way--of a suitably military style. With the sharp dial printing and sapphire crystal this one looks really slick, even with the plastic protector over the face!

    Brad
    Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

  • #2
    Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
    Hello all and thanks for the recent feedback on my custom watch project. I sold that one and am moving on to the next. I'm at the stage of obtaining some interesting Unitas movements and trying some case suppliers as well as suppliers of dials, hands, straps...

    Here's the most recent arrival. Case and dial from Switzerland, the movement is a very clean vintage 6497:





    Obviously, I still need to install the hands, trim down the stem and add a steel crown. Straps are on their way--of a suitably military style. With the sharp dial printing and sapphire crystal this one looks really slick, even with the plastic protector over the face!

    Brad
    You can see the watch has potential. Good luck with the follow through.

    Maybe something like the attached photo would work.
    Attached Files

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    • #3
      Nice Flieger, Brad!

      Thatīs more my style than the last one.
      Looks great!
      Best regards, Mike
      vintage-rado.de

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      • #4
        Fine work sir

        Fine work Brad, so where did the dial come from I need a similar style for one of my projects?
        Hard cases rulesigpic

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        • #5
          After Brad brought up the subject of designing and making his own models it got me to thinking.

          Have any of you ever considered using one of the newer model quartz watch case and dial as a donor for a Swiss automatic movement? I find some fairly new quartz model watches that look nice, but don't attract much in the way of bids. It seems many of the "old" Swiss and American brands were bought and now are sold with quartz/Chinese movements.

          There are many Swiss mechanical/automatic movements for sale in cases that are of no value.

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          • #6
            That is coming along nicely Brad. I didn't used to care for that style of crown at all, but I am coming around to them. I have started to like them, especially when they are with a coin rimmed bezel.
            Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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            • #7
              Our Man in Switzerland...

              This chap sells lots of goodies:

              http://www.ebay.com/sch/b_line55cc/m...id=p4340.l2562

              Good luck, and thanks for the compliments.
              Brad
              Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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              • #8
                Those unfinished sunburst ETA 28XX dials have given me all kinds of thoughts that I shouldn't pursue.
                Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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                • #9
                  New Photos...

                  Almost finished. Just awaiting a final close-up and the straps...



                  <img src="http://www.fototime.com/E72CA481D1CAEB2/orig.jpg" border=0 alt="Hosting provided by FotoTime">
                  Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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                  • #10
                    That's coming along very nicely. The lugs on that case are much nicer than on may that fellow sells. Nice choice.

                    FYI- if you were using some pre-printed dials like this one it would not be hard to put a small version of your imprint on. Just saying.
                    Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks!

                      I'm weighing all the options and trying out various suppliers. Hopefully, I'll settle on a style or two and can mvoe forward with a plan to make them with a more streamlined process and some brand recognition...

                      This one may be hard for me to part with!
                      Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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                      • #12
                        Finished...



                        Some better photos are forthcoming.
                        This is FUN!

                        New photos...







                        Last edited by Watch Carefully; 03-12-2012, 06:18 PM.
                        Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post


                          Some better photos are forthcoming.
                          This is FUN!

                          New photos...







                          Brad, that is sharp. Creating your own. Quite an accomplishment.

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                          • #14
                            Looks great, Brad!

                            Really nice, with a nice military leather strap like that, it would look perfect.
                            Best regards, Mike
                            vintage-rado.de

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