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Hamilton Model #2 Restoration Project "Click" to Login or Register
 
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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This project is a Hamilton Model #2 case with the top - bow, crown, bar over crown, and top lugs of the case in bad shape. This case is for Larry Lamphier. This first picture is the worn out top of the case.

Worn out bow and crown
 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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another picture of the worn case

 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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In this picture you can see the badly worn lugs on the case frame itself. These will need to be replaced.

 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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this picture i have started to remove the old lugs ready for them to be replaced.

 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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this pic I have replaced 1 of the lugs picture is a little fuzzy sorry.

 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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this pic is with both lugs replaced, new crown, new cast replacement bow (made from an originial bow) and a new bar of the crown.

 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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another picture of the restoration

 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
Watchmaker
Picture of Leon Harris
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and last one polished and ready to put the movement back in.

 
Posts: 305 | Location: Livingston, Tennessee USA | Registered: May 20, 2006
IHC Life Member
Picture of William D. White
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Leon,

Not bad for a do-it-yourself job! It's hard to imagine the sense of accomplishment you must get from making repairs on that level. Amazing!

William
 
Posts: 1518 | Location: San Francisco, California USA | Registered: September 01, 2008
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Picture of Eugene Buffard
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I second what William said. I am truly amazed at the quality of the work. I'm sure the wait for the case I send will well be worth the wait. Can't believe how great the Hamilton case looks.
 
Posts: 3408 | Location: Illinois in the USA | Registered: July 06, 2010
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Picture of Edward L. Parsons, Jr.
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Fantastic job Leon! You literally brought this case back from "worn out" to "usable" condition.

I'm assuming you will also electroplate the worn-thru areas on the back, bezel and frame.


Best Regards,

Ed
 
Posts: 6719 | Location: Southwestern Pennsylvania, USA | Registered: April 19, 2004
IHC Life Member

Picture of Jerry King
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Simply a great job Leon....

Leon did one for me a few months ago, another Hamilton #2-BOC and the job was superb....not quite as extensive as was required for Larry's case but close....

Leon, I wouldn't call your work being that of a do-it-yourselfer....you are certainly a professional in the work you do my Friend and I really appreciate everything you have done for me and for every other member here at 185....you are one of a kind...!

Thanks again,

Regards,

Jerry
 
Posts: 2860 | Location: Chino, California in the USA | Registered: June 23, 2008
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That's beautiful Leon. How did you do the lugs -- I assume you laser-welded them on, but did you use a section of gold tube, or did you fashion one yourself? A real nice job!
Pete Belmonte
 
Posts: 156 | Location: O'Fallon, Illinois U.S.A. | Registered: September 03, 2004
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