A very strange book I have just read "Beginner watchmaking, how to build your very first watch" by Tim Swike. This suggests you do the following: But a cheap watch (off ebay). Buy a dial, hands and strap from other web sites. Put on the new dial and hands, and strap. Hey presto! You have made a watch! If the movement in the case is no good, then buy a small quartz movement and fill the case with putty to stop it moving about. The first step is usually necessary because otherwise it is hard to get a case. Fixing the dial is easy; chop of the dial feet and then glue it to the movement or the putty filler. The result, of course, is a cheap and probably ugly watch. I have no idea why anyone would do this. It would cost about $100 and for that you can buy a brand new, off-the-shelf, attractive quartz watch and save the bother.