What I do is say "it's for you, honey"...she doesn't get it but makes her laugh and then I go buy it. They never understand the "buy of a lifetime" line..it's like them explaining shoe purchases to guys. Remember...It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission
Agreed...but now to Ajay who has a movement and needs a case..at least he is going to resurrect a relic from days gone by and enjoy the process of restoration/improvement.
At least there will be some good coming from the "butchers"
I'm also a fan of a good brass cleaning and polish, case waxing, etc. as mentioned above. Then as the patina develops, it becomes "original to me" patina vs. crud from decades of abuse. It doesn't take long for a nice slightly used patina to develop which is both warm and clean. Just my .02