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Backstory: I personally didn't restore this. It was actually my girlfriend with assistance from her father. The goals were some pretty tricky ones. They had to find a watch body that had most of its working parts, but to insure the originality, they wanted it to have the certificate that the manufacturer provides in the case of the watch. Bulova puts all of their certificates within the original box. They wanted to find all of this, and then try to replace the broken parts from other bodies. The authenticity of these didn't need to be guaranteed as much. Rarely are minuscule parts replaced by knock off parts. The tinier parts, and some aesthetic parts, only work with if they are made by the manufacturer, or are original. For example, the hands have to fit the style of the rest of the watch.

 

Technique: Many watches will be broken if you order them online them from independent sellers. However, one place to start looking for good, working watches is an estate sales. When a house is foreclosed on, someone goes into bankruptcy, or someone dies, there will often be an estate sale where all, or most, possessions are sold. The average person doesn't keep broken watches laying around, so if you see a watch listed under an estate sale, chances are that it is still working. Going based on neighborhood, you can figure out what era the items will be from. If you stick to richer neighborhoods, almost everything will be in working condition, and the items will be a lot older, dating anywhere between the late 30s to the late 70s. This is because most people living in richer neighborhoods are older people than suburbs or poorer neighborhoods. Most people are from the Baby Boom, and they tend to hold onto things a lot more, out of sentiment and necessity. Manuals can also be found online. You can also go into your local watch shop, and they can point you in the right direction.

Results: Every goal was met for this project. A functional watch was found, with the certificate of authenticity. This is usually harder to do, and it comes down to looking in the right places.

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