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Geoffrey Beene Pocket Watch

pmurphy

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So I got a Geoffrey Beene pocket watch from my mother-in-law for Christmas. Geoffrey Beene is actually a fashion clothing brand who's sister brands include Van Husen, Calvin Klein and the like. They sell watches at Kohl's, Macy's, and Wal-Mart. I appears that they don't market pocket watches anymore but their fashion watches retail for only about $25. Although I heard my mother-in-law was getting me a pocket watch she is on a fixed income so I knew it wasn't going to be a gold-filled Waltham or anything like that.

My question is since I don't actually have any money in to is it worth upgrading? The crystal appears to be cheap polystyrene plastic with some minor flaws on it but I would like to replace it with something better quality. Also the watch is probably new-old stock and doesn't work at all. It doesn't say if it's quartz so it might be a bad battery? Would a better movement be possible? I do have a small collection of the proper tools (some are Bergeon) so I was going to perhaps use this watch as a guinea pig of sorts.

I know what you are thinking, polishing a turd, but it's actually a nice-looking watch and not one of those scary-looking "skeleton" cheapies from Ebay that looks like it was a prop for a horror movie. Also I don't want to appear ungrateful for a gift and that I can tell her I'm actually using the watch. Sorry for the awful cell phone pictures.

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richiec

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Replacing the crystal would cost more than the watch. Open the back and you can replace the battery, maybe a 364 or 377, the back should just pry off. I know it is nice looking, I have a couple of these type pocket watches, they keep decent time and can take a beating too, just don't get it wet or feed it after midnight.
 

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