A lot of times hands need to be made smaller or larger to fit. Even between 2 18sz Illinois. So most of the time I don't even look. I just go to my Hour Hand container. And find one that will work and then FIT it.
As you can see any time I post photos of hands there are piles of them.
My honey hole of parts for the most part is this way.
Back in the day 20s thru 50s watchmakers would take apart watches and put all 4th gears in a container, Main Wheels in a another, Hands etc, Screws, Jewels
Even eric will most likely have 2 do some fitting to get these hands to fit.
Hence the word Watchmaker. I am not professional trained but most time can get the job done.
Posts: 3322 | Location: Illinois in the USA | Registered: July 06, 2010
After watching these on eBay for a while, it's surprising to me that cased and running fusees seldom break $100. I realize they're poor timekeepers at best and finding replacement parts that fit is seriously tough, but I find them far more attractive than the gilt "plated" stuff of the late 1800s.
And they've got loads of character and elegance when compared to the utilitarian workhorse railroad watches that command big money.
Posts: 2962 | Location: Western New York in the USA | Registered: March 24, 2008
I'm impressed too, and you ought to have a look at some watch fairs if you were looking to sell it,I don't know about the US market but here in the UK pair cased fusee watches usually go for far more than £100, usually at least the £200 mark ($310 according to Google), might take a bit longer but worth the increase. Very nice watch, especially for $20 . -Joe
Posts: 78 | Location: Nottingham in the United Kingdom | Registered: March 30, 2013