Lancaster Watch Co. West End

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  1. 8x57mauser

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    #1 8x57mauser, May 18, 2017
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    I picked this nice Lancaster Watch Co. movement from Dave, I'm originally from near Lancaster PA so I like collecting watch related items from the area.

    Movement is fairly clean, and with a little TLC it came to life and at least as far as the hour hand is concerned it kept decent time. I see these listed as both 13j and 15j, this one appears to be 13 as there is no pallet hole jewels.

    A couple questions i had though.

    1. Replacement hands: does anyone have an idea which company's hands (ie. Waltham, Hamilton, Elgin etc) will fit on this movement?

    2. Case: I'm going to recase this in a coin silver open face key wind case. Does anyone have one of these watches and can confirm that there is holes for both winding and setting in the back of the case? Or is there just the one for winding?

    3. Year of manufacture? I read that the Lancaster Watch Co ceased manufacture under that name in 1886, pocket watch database lists this as having an 1890 date of manufacture. But the data is far from complete so I'm sure errors are there.

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  2. Jim Haney

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    Well a little update, I found a minute hand that fits, it is however gilt not blued like the hour hand. I put the movement into a 2oz coin Fahys hunter case. Not sure how i feel about the pairing so I haven't drilled a hole for the setting arbor yet. I'm not sure yet if I'd rather put it in a nice nickle open face case I have instead.

    Its keeping good time, about +/- 10 sec a day.

    On the hands, I feel like I've read somewhere on here that there is someone that refinished hands but I can't find it. Would that be an option here to have the hands refinished and blued to match?

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  4. Dave Coatsworth

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    Marty101 refinishes hands.
     
  5. 8x57mauser

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    Thanks I'll contact him
     
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    Both hands are not original. Marty should be able to fix you up with a nice correct matched set.
     
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