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Slackratchet
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« on: December 03, 2010, 08:42:08 am »

I am working on a clockwork counter of sorts and I've had a bugger of a time finding the parts I need. Essentially I need an escapement and cogwheel assembly, the rest I can fabricate as needed. The problem I am having is finding them outside the rest of the movement. Any suggestions where I might find the parts I need?
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010, 07:42:26 pm »

You might try this list that the NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) keeps of suppliers:

http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?t=41993

Several dozen websites on there... perhaps you can find something?
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010, 12:58:58 am »

Thanks for the reference, I will pore over it intensely.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2010, 02:14:33 am »

We're having an auction next week with a lot of clocks and pocket watches.
Here's a random bag of pocket watches we're selling.
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/8176001
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2011, 02:16:45 am »

This seems like the right place to ask...

I'm currently putting together what I hope will turn out a hunter-cased, skeleton-display pocketwatch. I've already contacted a supplier, and I can get hold of a new Unitas 6497 or 6498 movement for a bargain price, along with some moon-type or Hamilton arrow-type hands. I would like central seconds more than a small dial, but what the Hell...

Anyway, I'm having an arseburn of a time finding any good standalone pocket watch casings that will fit the 6497/8 movement. Am I going to have to find an old Longines or something and just dismantle it? Or even worse, buy something cheap like a Rotary or Charles Hubert and cannibalize it for the case and crown and all? And would that even work? At least they use some replicas in those watches that closely resemble the Unitas...
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 03:09:32 pm »

Old watch movements tend to outnumber old watch cases by a substantial margin, since cases wear out or get pawned for their gold content.  My (relatively) new Tissot has a 6498, and it's mounted in a somewhat larger case with a retaining ring to make it fit:

http://www.abslomrob.com/#/my-aniversary-tissot/4535970854

The 6497/8 is a 16''', which is about an 8 size American; not a very common size for vintage, I'm afraid.  However, since it <is> the largest and most common modern pocket watch movement, I'd be very surprised if you weren't able to source a new case out of China, or even an entire watch for under $20.
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