Watch Projects

The following page documents watches that have passed through my hands between February and May of 2012. Some I have kept for days, others I enjoyed wearing.

January 2012; C7 radiculopathy, school and making a living by selling one man’s trash as another man’s treasure on eBay led me to a new passion for horology. Here’s my initial foray into water above my head.

Project Watches

1951 Elgin Shockmaster
1958 Hamilton Powell
1958 Hamilton K-458
1959 Hamilton Accumatic III
C.1960s Wittnauer 17J Automatic 34mm Mens Watch, 10K G.F. Bezel
C.1960s Avalon De Luxe Automatic
1964 Hamilton M 69-3
C.1965 Tourneau Automatic Certified 40953
1966 Seiko 5 Sportsmatic Deluxe 25 Jewel 7619-7070
1967 Seiko Diashock M55 Sea Lion
C.1968 Baron 17J Mechanical
1969 Seiko 5 5126-7010
1971 Citizen 8200 Automatic 71-2639
1972 Seiko Lordmatic 5606-5017
C.1970s Zodiac SST 36000

Sold price: Green = profit, Red = loss


1972 Seiko Ref. 5606-5017 – A garbage dumpster score. Sold it as soon as I found it.

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 1972
  • Model: Ref. 5606-5017 23J LordMatic
  • Condition: Sold w/cracked crystal
  • Movement: 23 Jewel, 5606A, Automatic
  • Crystal: Mineral?
  • Case: SS
  • Case Shape: 70’s square
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 260046
  • Strap/bracelet: SS mesh.
  • Water Resistant : Yes

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1966 Seiko 5 Sportsmatic Deluxe 25 Jewel 7619-7070

Comments: Misaligned hands, stiff crown, worn date wheel, shitty band.
Investment: Realigned hands, fixed loose minute hand, cleaned, new band.

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 1966
  • Model: Sportsmatic Deluxe, 7619-7070
  • Condition: Working
  • Movement: 7619A, Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: SS, 38mm
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 6503702
  • Strap/bracelet: 18mm, Flex, not original.
  • Water Resistant : Yes

Sold: $59.95

C.1960s Wittnauer

Comments: missing screws, mediocre condition, stiff crown fell apart. Stem problems + crystal + servicing = not worth it.
Investment: cleaning

  • Manufacturer: Longines-Wittnauer
  • Year: C.1960
  • Model: ?
  • Condition: working – stiff crown
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, 11SN, Swiss – Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: 34mm, 10K G.F. Bezel
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 0184617
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel Calendar View.
  • Water Resistant : Not

Sold: $56
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1967 Seiko Diashock M55 Sea Lion

Comments: Damaged dial, someone glued one indice and the date window frame, sloppy. Dial post was broken, movement seized, crystal cracked, crappy band.
Investment: cleaned mov’t, spot glued dial in place, polished

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 1967
  • Model: M55 Sea Lion
  • Condition: working
  • Movement: 17 Jewels Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: ?mm
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 7401303
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel
  • Water Resistant : yes

Sold: $40


1951 Elgin Shockmaster Watch. 17 Jewel, Cal 642

Comments: Bought for the VTG JB Champion mesh band. The watch works.
Investment: new band, cleaned.

  • Manufacturer: Elgin National Watch Co.
  • Year: 1951
  • Model: Shockmaster
  • Condition: working
  • Movement: 17 Jewels – No. 642 – mechanical
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: ?mm
  • Caseback: 0368471
  • Serial #: F125357
  • Strap/bracelet: 17mm, Leather.
  • Water Resistant :

Sold: $45 watch + $46 band


1971 Citizen 8200 Automatic 71-2639
Comments: Runs fast, don’t like

  • Manufacturer: Citizen
  • Year: 1971
  • Model: 4-063554 SMT
  • Condition: working
  • Movement: 21 Jewels, 8200A
  • Crystal:Acrylic
  • Case: SS
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 10952690
  • Strap/bracelet: leather
  • Water Resistant : yes

Sold: $28


C.1965 Tourneau Automatic Certified 40953

Comments: wearable as-is, love it.
Investment: French lizard band, polish

  • Manufacturer: Tourneau Watch Corp.
  • Year: C.1965
  • Model: 0012-3050
  • Condition: working
  • Movement: Japan 17J, 0012 Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: 33mm
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: ?
  • Strap/bracelet: Leather
  • Water Resistant : yes

Sold: $68


1969 Seiko 5 5126-7010

Comments: Broken. Opened, cleaned, found damaged hairspring, reassembled
Investment: $0

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 1969
  • Model: 5126-7010
  • Condition: broken hairspring, not working
  • Movement: 23 Jewels, 5126 Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case:
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 920767
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel
  • Water Resistant : yes

Sold: $18.50


1964 Hamilton M 69-3

Comments: mechanical, running strong but dial was shot and lugs ruined.

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton
  • Year: 1964
  • Model: M 69-3
  • Condition: working, poor dial
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, No. 688
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case:
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: R519264
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel solid link – beautiful

Sold: $20 + band $13


C.1960s Avalon De Luxe Automatic

Comments: I broke the rotor while “cleaning” this once working watch. sold for parts

  • Manufacturer: Avalon Watch Co.
  • Year: C.1965
  • Model: ?
  • Condition: non-working
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, Bidynator, Swiss Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case:
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 289781
  • Strap/bracelet: none
  • Water Resistant : yes

Sold: $7


1958 Hamilton Powell

Comments: cleaned, polished crystal & case, washed mov’t & got running ~ Sweet!!

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton
  • Year: 1958
  • Model: Powell
  • Condition: working
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, Cal. 730, Swiss mechanical
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: 10K G.F. Bezel
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: R621399
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel G.F. Original
  • Water Resistant :

Sold: $72


C.1968 Baron 17J Mechanical

Comments: missing crown, runs strong.
Investment: new crown.

  • Manufacturer: Baron
  • Year: C.1968
  • Model:
  • Condition: working
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, ST92, mechanical
  • Crystal:
  • Case: 33mm
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #:
  • Strap/bracelet: 60’s fat leather strap
  • Water Resistant :

Sold: $10


1958 Hamilton K-458

Comments: second hand runs, watch doesn’t tell time.
Investment: Cleaned, runs perfectly ~ I think I’m keeping this one. Love it!

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Co.
  • Year: 1958
  • Model: K-458
  • Condition: working?
  • Movement: 17J, No. 661 Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: 33mm, 10K RGP
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #:
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel flex, original
  • Water Resistant :

Sold: not


1959 Hamilton Accumatic III

Comments: Arrived not working. Cleaned and it worked but I broke 2 parts. (accident)
Investment: order parts from Holland ~ We’ll see, will sell.

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Co.
  • Year: 1959
  • Model: Accumatic III
  • Condition:
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, No. 672 Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: 33mm, 10K RGP bezel
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: P018537
  • Strap/bracelet: Original Speidel Flex
  • Water Resistant :

Sold: not


C.1970s Zodiac SST 36000

Comments: broken mainspring – damage to band but case, bezel, crystal good.
Investment: twice disassembled – not sure…

  • Manufacturer: Zodiac Ltd.
  • Year: C.1970s
  • Model: SST 36000
  • Condition: not working
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, Zodiac 86, Swiss Automatic
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case: 36mm
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #:
  • Strap/bracelet: gold-tone link, original
  • Water Resistant: yes

Sold: not

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