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Illinois 106 re-united with Wadsworth case...

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I'm such a screw-up recently
I admit, having less time than I used to have and being waaaay more tired in general (new, time consuming and very tiring job is the reason), I've become both impatient and imprecise.
Just today I was about to show you how I finally finish my Neveren fake watch, but the crystal turned out not wide enough and the lovely minute hand... I broke as I was attempting to broach the square to fit the cannon pinion.

Damn it - it would have been just perfect

This shippment, however, contained something much more precious to me - a Wadsworth Pilot GF case.
And so - that's what today's post is about.



This Wadsworth Pilot case is special to me, because I was looking for one for some time now.
In fact - I needed it for my Illinois 106.

I've mentioned this watch before - it's the very first RR grade watch I bought, and when I bought it, the movement was still sitting it what remained of a Wadsworth Pilot case,



See? That's pretty much how I remembered the watch when I first saw it. Not very big, GF case with 'coin' edge.



Decorated caseback. In the previous, original case, someone tried to pry the back open, bending the back and breaking off the pendant (!). Obviously, the case hand to be replaced.



The movement in it's new case...
It is a beauty, despite the worn off damaskeening.



Inside the caseback - there is a presentation note...
I think the original one was fully signed by the maker, BTW, so it might be a slightly different period.



I like what I see - this is as close as I can get to restoring the watche's original condition.



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  1. Dave Coatsworth's Avatar
    Looks good, Paul!
  2. pmwas's Avatar
    Thanks!!! BTW - the world is a strange place sometimes... This fob I bought from you... it's actually contains two really scarce coins, namely 50 kopeck coin from 1890 and 25 kopeck coin from 1891. I used to collect Russian Empire coins a long long time ago, and such coins were somewhere in my dreams back then. Impossible to get when you're looking for one. So when I go to Cracov, I get an American watch. When I visit an American seller - I get a scarce Russian coin - funny how these goods make it to the other side of Planet Earth somehow

    OH, what have I done? Makes me miss my Russian coins so much !!!
    Updated 07-14-2017 at 04:06 PM by pmwas