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    Cell Phone quality pic (apologies for that) Using WWII Era Replacement Dials I built Two new Frankenwatches. Left is a 1920's Hamilton dial with a Sunon Mov't and Right is a 1920's Illinois with a Citizen Miyota Mov't . Which do you think looks best?
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    On the strength of that image I'd go for the simpler dial on the left

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty View Post
    On the strength of that image I'd go for the simpler dial on the left
    Sorry my phone camera is crap. They both are comfortable and the perfect 6/0 size so ya don't notice them on the wrist.
    I like the old-timey smaller watches much better than the ones built like a Hubcap.
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    I like them both a lot. Would you be able to expand on how you went about doing the rehabs? That sounds interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackdog1101 View Post
    I like them both a lot. Would you be able to expand on how you went about doing the rehabs? That sounds interesting.
    Both movements were modern quartz that I got off of ebay in a lot and the cases are generic ones I picked up from a pile of watches around the house.
    I got a box of N.O.S. Hamilton, Illinois and Waltham replacement dials from a friend who is a watchmaker (apparently WWII era and pre-war replacements).
    I sized and matched up the dials with the cases and aligned the hands. Added a ZRC Aero-Comfort calf leather strap to each of. Not WORTH anything but vintage looking watches which can be worn daily without worrying about messing up one of my original watches. I have been enjoying them quite a bit and both have gotten compliments from my friends when wearing them.
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    I like the one on the right; I prefer the subdial at 6. Neat stuff!

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    I like the one on the left because of it's unique dial with the non-circular dial numbering (dunno what it's called) and the sub dial at 9 o'clock.

    The one on the right is probably a lil' bit more functional, so, I guess it's what you're looking for?

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