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Lets say you had 2 identical watches and both were in fair condition. Thing is each watch has some parts that are in great shape so that if you took each watch apart and put them back together you could come up with one really great looking watch and one really crappy looking watch. :-[

Question is...is it better to have one great looking watch or two ok looking watches? ::)

I have this issue with a no crown guards vintage citizen. Im always tempted to swap the parts out but have this conundrum to deal with.

TIA for any opinions.

Mabuhay (Cheers) from Manila Philippines
 

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Make one really good one and look out for another donor....................

haha ..this is a trick answer...it never ends.. one donor leads to another ad infintum.

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I agree with Anil. The story ends up having no ending and you end up with quite a lot of watches ;)
 

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Referring back to the quality over quantity thread, I would make one high quality and depending on what was left, would either look for another dono (the never ending saga..) or keep it as a parts watch. That would be quality over quantity but with quantity maintained :)

So on the same subject, what is the general consensus of a watches originality if donor parts have been used. In my own personal opinion, I have no issue whatsoever if a watch is cobbled together from donor parts as long as they are all original to that particular watch model and have done this myself on several occasions for watches in my collection. This can often be cheaper, particularly in my current example case of a 6139 chrono movement.


Just curious...
 

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So on the same subject, what is the general consensus of a watches originality if donor parts have been used. In my own personal opinion, I have no issue whatsoever if a watch is cobbled together from donor parts as long as they are all original to that particular watch model and have done this myself on several occasions for watches in my collection. This can often be cheaper, particularly in my current example case of a 6139 chrono movement.


Just curious...
For my budget vs desire ratio I will probably have to go that route to get all the watches I would like and stay married.
 

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I would try to restore one, and keep an eye out for a third donor watch. That or restore one and mod what is left of the donor.
 

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Oooh I like that never ending watch idea...im not buying a new watch honey! Just getting some parts fix an old one! he he!

On the originality question...i think this has been the subject of many a debate as well. Sort of like the george washingtons axe question.

In my opinion as long as the parts are correct for the watch and comes from the same company ( assuming the company OEMed for someone else during the same period) theres no untruth to calling it all original. Im thinking if the anecdote abt Omega keeping watch parts for its modern watches for 100yrs then its possible that every part be replaced over the course of that hundred years. The net result would still be an all original Omega watch.

Thanks for all the answers...now time to take a particular citizen diver apart. >:D
 
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