We feel that the wrong movements have been used in the past however. The conversions that watchmakers have been making have been taking the beautiful and highly accurate Railroad grade watches and casing them in custom wrist watch style cases. These are 16 or 18 size movements resulting in a ridiculously large 48mm to 56mm watches. Many require you to remove the bezel ring to get to the time setting lever. We decided that we wanted a modern sized 44mm watch that can be wound and set like a traditional wrist watch and be water resistant.
The perfect movements for this task turned out to be the work horse size 12 movements made by Elgin from the turn of the 20. The result is a 43.9mm in diameter (excluding the winding crown), 52mm tall (from lug tip) and 12.45mm thick watch which we think is perfectly sized. It is big enough to be masculine, but small enough not to make you look like a kid wearing dad's watch. To build these beautiful watches we customize a brand new 316L stainless steel watch case to fit the pocket watch movement and make it work with the pocket watch style stem and winding crown arrangement.
We cut the full movement sized observation window in the case back and install a glass crystal. We source a vintage movement that has had it's case scrapped for it's precious metals which has never been the victim of a less than qualified watchmaker and disassemble it completely (we do not cannibalize complete pocket watches for their movements).
Any worn parts are replaced, all steel components are hand polished, gold jewel settings are polished, and the screws and the regulator are flat polished and heat blued. It is cleaned and reassembled with all synthetic oils leaving the movement more beautiful and working better than when new. I challenge you to find a new watch with an enamel dial that sells for less than 4 digits. The front crystal is scratch resistant mineral glass with anti reflective coating, the rear crystal is mineral glass. The pictures have been taken from every angle and represent the watch well, in fact they are 3x magnified, the dial is beautiful, and the watch is polished to a perfect shine.
Any imperfections you see in the shine are just reflections the camera caught. The movement has been thoroughly serviced on 05/21/2020. Shown here on a 6.75 inch wrist. The band is a brand new 22mm quality brown Strapsco suede leather strap with quick change bars (band can be changed with no tools and in under a minute). We will swap the band for a black one free of charge upon request.The original enamel glass fired dial shows no next to damage and is nearly perfect. It has never been refinished, repainted or molested.
This is a beautiful example of this model. We are a NAWCC member and offer a 30 day return privilege. We do not guarantee water resistance on ANY vintage watch we sell. The item "Elgin 12s Pocket Marriage Watch Conversion 44mm SS Wrist Watch 1905 Movement" is in sale since Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches".
The seller is "finetimepieces" and is located in Palm Desert, California. This item can be shipped to United States.