I need a hand! ;-) ... ie hour hand / minute hand for Waltham 1888

Landy50

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Complete amateur question - I have a Waltham 1888 16S Bond St movement which, having cleaned it and serviced it, is keeping really good time even though it's only 7J. I bought it without minute/hour hands although I've fitted a gash minute hand just to assess time keeping. I've run it for nearly 3 days and it's still within a minute to my naked eye.
Can anyone recommend the best way to source in the UK a pair of hands that are as close to original Waltham 'blue' hands ? I can see some on ebay but not sure what the proper hands type should be, and if I can get any for a reasonable price.
Once I have them I might start looking to case it as it's working really well - what's the best way to source/measure a case for a pocket watch ? Thanks guys :) 20210407_194152.jpg 20210407_194133.jpg
 

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Those hands should be plentiful here in the US, maybe a little scarcer in the UK but should be able to be found.
 

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The bigger challenge is going to be the case. These model '88 movements are slightly bigger than a standard 16-size and, therefore, require a special case. They also require a special detent stem.

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Yup. So you might find it easiest to just buy up a still-cased-with-hands non-running 1888 and then swap the movements over. They are usually reasonably plentiful on ebay.
 
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Landy50

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Yup. So you might find it easiest to just buy up a still-cased-with-hands non-running 1888 and then swap the movements over. They are usually reasonably plentiful on ebay.
Thanks for the feedback, I've only got into this the last couple of years and this was one of my earlier impulse purchases on ebay so it's no surprise that I didn't appreciate the subtleties of the casing etc, I'll have a look around, thank you for the advice
 

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The bigger challenge is going to be the case. These model '88 movements are slightly bigger than a standard 16-size and, therefore, require a special case. They also require a special detent stem.

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Thank you for the picture / advice, I'll have a look around - I have a stem from another watch that has proven to be sufficient to wind it up for testing etc but will start looking at cases / stems ... thanks again :)
 

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