Where can I buy these?

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  1. Rob P.

    Rob P. Registered User

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    Where can I get wrist watch heads/cases?

    I know Ofrei has some and there's that auction site for the ones being sold from China and there's the jumbo 4 thousand mm Panerai cases there too. But other than those, who sells decent wrist watch cases?
     
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    What type of wrist watch cases are you looking for? New, vintage, antique? Men's, women's? I think this type of information might be helpful for those who are more in the know than I.

    Good luck in your search.
     
  3. Rob P.

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    New, obviously.

    Could be thin dress types or could be modeled after the Rolex Corporate Oyster case. I don't need to search for ETA 2824 series automatic compatible. (Those are available almost anywhere.) Instead, I'm looking to recase some vintage manual wind movements for wearing. Some of the movements are round, some are rectangular, some are square.

    Men's or women's - not picky as long as the movement fits inside the case. Water resistant a plus.
     
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  4. roughbarked

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    Take meauseurements. Careful measurements. You will need to know these exactly.
    You could buy a box full of cases and still find that none of them fit your movements.
     
  5. Rob P.

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    I've recased a couple of movements already. Interestingly enough, I discovered that I can "modify" a case to fit a movement without much trouble. Such as machining out the tapered dial opening and inserting a new one with a smaller opening as well as machining so that the stem is correctly depth located for the winding works. It's fussy work but not particularly challenging.

    I'm just looking for cases that are "different" than the usual "oyster style" case. At this point I'm also considering making a few cases from scratch but that looks like it'll take a lot of time which I'm usually short on. So, where can I buy cases besides Ofrei and fleabay?
     
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    China. However, you will probably need to order a minimum of one thousand.
     

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