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It's a happy day, a new watch arrived Hamilton Pocket Watch Conversions just took a giant leap forward!!

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December 22, 2010 12:03AM
You may have read in an earlier post that I was on my way to a watchmaking session to build a few more pocket watch conversions.

Well, I went there with this on my wrist

And am now back home with these in my possession!

The one in the center is the one I already had, but the other four we just built today.

These two get a new dial we designed a few months ago and a fairly conventional case. I wanted the name Hamilton on the dial as these are truly custom made to fit the Hamilton 917 and 921 movements. I considered several other words to use with Hamilton and settled on Hamilton Classic Special as shown. I hope this isn't in violation of any laws or protocols any more than any other after market dial that uses watch names like Seiko on them.

These next two are very eccentric in that they use original dials and hands from the pocket watch and are encased in a case having the stem at 12 o'clock and hinged lugs to accommodate the access to the crown. The cool thing about these is that the only modification was to the stem and a new crown.

As with all of these pocket watch conversions, the crown jewels are the exposed movements as seen through glass case-backs.

Even here, a cool anomaly showed up! Even though all movements are the higher grade, 21 jewel 921's, the one at the top of the previous picture has a different pattern than the others and it has no serial number. I have researched how this could happen and could only find another instance where another Hamilton collector experienced a similar movement. I am 99% sure it is fully an authentic 921.

The unique one, straight decorations, no serial number

A typical one, circular decorations, serial number

Well, all in all a pretty good day. Cool, no?

Thanks for looking!

It's a happy day, a new watch arrived Hamilton Pocket Watch Conversions just took a giant leap forward!!

JohnnyT6729December 22, 2010 12:03AM

WIS Honeymoon Just beautiful! The end result is remarkable Thumbs up! (n/t)

Ethan_Mack248October 27, 2012 04:51AM

Amazing work, all of them. Well done! (n/t)

Jittery Jim313December 22, 2010 04:16PM

Beautiful Johnny.Thumbs up! Congratulations. (n/t)

Mark C.203December 22, 2010 02:09PM

Wow! Just wow!

Dre201December 22, 2010 01:56PM

I like what I see , a lot ! Perfect timepieces ! Also the moving lugs is an asset! I have to speak to Johnny!

IF244December 22, 2010 01:21PM

Hamilton should make them like that smile (n/t)

Ed Brandwein210December 22, 2010 11:31AM

Very cool! Thumbs up! Is there any timing difference on the odd one? And is there any major accuracy difference when worn from models with the crown at 3 vs at 12? (n/t)

Catalin281December 22, 2010 05:52AM

not sure I understand your question. Which is the odd one? Also, not aware of any ...

JohnnyT263December 22, 2010 07:46AM

The unique one would be the one without a serial and straight decorations; and the accuracy question was not to the 'extreme', was more like 'any difference that would jump in the face even for a non-WIS' Laughing (n/t)

Catalin197December 22, 2010 01:04PM

Fantastic! Love them all. Thumbs up! (n/t)

DanB204December 22, 2010 05:45AM

Thank you, Dan! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT208December 22, 2010 07:47AM

Holy cow Johnny! NNNNiiiice Smile (n/t)

r.e.c.218December 22, 2010 05:44AM

Thanks, Raf! Let me know when you're ready for one! Laughing Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT350December 22, 2010 07:48AM

I already loved that beauty you had on your wrist! The other 4 are just more of the same! Thumbs Up laughing (n/t)

Nuvolari199December 22, 2010 05:18AM

Well, they love you right back, Michael! Laughing Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT201December 22, 2010 07:49AM

Outstanding work. Beautiful conversions Jpeg Attachments

Jose5279December 22, 2010 05:05AM

Thanks, Jose. Great talking to you tonight! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT194December 22, 2010 07:52AM

Re: It's a happy day, a new watch arrived Hamilton Pocket Watch Conversions just took a giant leap forward!!

vapor.24.7232December 22, 2010 04:51AM

Thanks, Wade! Great to hear from you! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT220December 22, 2010 07:53AM

Congrats Johnny. Look forward to seeing them on the SF Smile

Adam in NYC245December 22, 2010 04:33AM

Thanks, Adam. Great advice! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT200December 22, 2010 07:55AM

Awesome stuff JT. man they look great as a set. U gonna make me reconsider is it? (n/t)

anjizkit206December 22, 2010 03:54AM

Thank you, Anjan! You inspired me! Remember that time at the ....

JohnnyT335December 22, 2010 05:55AM

It wouldn't do to just +1 on one of the drooling comments. They are fabulous, JT.Clapping! (n/t)

itschris269December 22, 2010 03:45AM

Thank you, Chris! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT187December 22, 2010 05:50AM

Wow, what a cool project!

Smaug213December 22, 2010 03:16AM

Thanks, Jeremy. Short version of a very long story is that Dave Murphy and I have....

JohnnyT249December 22, 2010 05:47AM

Absolutely beautiful! WIS Honeymoon Copper tone is NICE! Drooling (n/t)

sharkfin231December 22, 2010 02:40AM

Thanks, Dave! And it may be one-of-a-kind as it is the only one that color I have! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT194December 22, 2010 02:52AM

Hubba hubba! WIS Honeymoon Jpeg Attachments

Anonymous User249December 22, 2010 02:15AM

Thanks, Ricky! Both styles have their unique attractions! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT230December 22, 2010 02:50AM

Awesome! The hinged lug series has appeal, as >>

Anonymous User221December 22, 2010 01:56AM

Yup, crown attaches to stem. We simply put on larger crowns to fill th gap between the guards. And,......

JohnnyT253December 22, 2010 02:48AM

Excellent! Thumbs Up (n/t)

Anonymous User201December 22, 2010 02:55AM

Tech question, Doc.

Anonymous User246December 22, 2010 02:22AM

I'm not worried...

Anonymous User249December 22, 2010 02:53AM

Thanks for putting my mind at ease. Smile Image Attachments URL

Anonymous User202December 22, 2010 03:14AM

Absolutely amazing work! I'd wear any of them, but especially the "copper dialed" one.... WIS Honeymoon Thumbs up! (n/t)

StefG213December 22, 2010 01:33AM

Thanks, Stef. If I am not mistaken, that is the only one I have that color, so it may be one-of-a-kind!Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT200December 22, 2010 02:16AM

They all look superb, JT! Clapping! (n/t)

MCV199December 22, 2010 01:19AM

Thanks, Marc! How does that compare to "nifty"? Laughing Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT241December 22, 2010 01:56AM

It's the classier version! Laughing (n/t)

MCV187December 22, 2010 04:58AM

Frickin' Amazing! You take WIS'in to the nth degree Clapping!

Riddim Driven215December 22, 2010 01:18AM

Thanks, Adam! Blushing They're all around 45mm. Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT199December 22, 2010 01:49AM

my oh my! neat work

Cleans Up180December 22, 2010 01:15AM

Thanks, Brooke. Several months ago I tried on one with a hinged lug..... Jpeg Attachments

JohnnyT444December 22, 2010 01:47AM

very cool!

Cleans Up194December 22, 2010 02:30AM

All of them are top notch, but I'm partial to the two with the original dials. Thumbs up!

JFK3531221December 22, 2010 12:52AM

Thanks, Joe. There is something uber cool about keeping the original dials! I hadn't anticipated being able

JohnnyT218December 22, 2010 01:06AM

Awesome JT... I may be able to pull off one of those hinged lugs Wink (n/t)

PaulGeo246December 22, 2010 12:42AM

Thanks, Paul. Yes, it's amazing how those hinged lugs wrap around the wrist. Very cool arrangement. Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT333December 22, 2010 12:59AM

I;d be all over the white dialed one in a flash....

Anonymous User195December 22, 2010 12:40AM

Thanks, Harold. Yes, does look RR and I agree with you on the hands. They would be easy to change out! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT242December 22, 2010 12:56AM

One word Johnny: Stunning! Thumbs Up (n/t)

DJM243December 22, 2010 12:39AM

One word back, Dan. Thanks! smile! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT189December 22, 2010 12:54AM

Wow, Those are fantastic Johnny!!

Timemiser200December 22, 2010 12:38AM

Thank you, Tim. I like the idea of using the original dials and hands and that one does pop. I have been...

JohnnyT215December 22, 2010 12:53AM

Thumbs Up They're all super Cool, but the original dials ROCK! (n/t)

DJM202December 22, 2010 12:58AM

The notion of using original dials rocks! Thumbs up! (n/t)

JohnnyT186December 22, 2010 01:08AM

Wow!!! Goregeous. Decent afternoon's work (n/t)

gfbiii51215December 22, 2010 12:36AM

Thank you. George! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT367December 22, 2010 12:48AM

DroolingWIS HoneymoonEnviousSuperb Johnny! (n/t)

jeremd676212December 22, 2010 12:23AM

Thanks, Jeremy. Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT213December 22, 2010 12:26AM

Your quite welcome Sir! RGM's got nothing on youCheers! (n/t)

jeremd676211December 22, 2010 12:31AM

Thanks, but actually they DO have something over me.....

JohnnyT218December 22, 2010 12:43AM

Winkemail sent!Laughing (n/t)

jeremd676188December 22, 2010 12:50AM

Awesome!!Thumbs up! (n/t)

pumpkin2001244December 22, 2010 12:15AM

Thank you, Phil! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT230December 22, 2010 12:17AM

Lord help me, those are all amazing. Great work, those are beautiful! (n/t)

greg honeycutt219December 22, 2010 12:10AM

Thanks, Greg! Cheers! (n/t)

JohnnyT206December 22, 2010 12:16AM

drooling drooling drooling drooling drooling Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up (n/t)

Archibald Goodwin214December 22, 2010 12:09AM

Hey, you're drooling!! Oops! No complaints here, though! Laughing Thanks! (n/t)

JohnnyT262December 22, 2010 12:16AM

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