I'm working out the details of a build.
It's not a must but I'd like to use a Swiss movement. But I didn't want to break the bank doing it. I've found new old stock of an ETA 2789 for $75 and I'm seriously thinking of giving it a try. But I have a couple of questions/concerns.
40+ years on a shelf is a long time. Should I assume the movement would need a service, just for lube and light cleaning? Last I heard lube doesn't have an indefinite self life. Or that's what my ex girlfriend tells me anyway. If so that doesn't make it as much of a bargain. I can buy a new SW200 for $200 or less. So $75 plus the cost of a visit to the watchmaker, for a last gen movement, makes me feel like I should get lubed as well.
And let's pretend in my fantasy world I could get by without a service. Would the handsets made for a 2824 fit the 2789. Because I'm going to be super grumpy if I have a cool movement but no hands for it. The specs on both list the "hands" as 1.5x.9x.25 but I don't have any idea what that means. That they're the same seems promising though.
My dial is a no date. I'm my miracle fantasy scenario, where the movement is fine, and the handsets fit, will I be fine just removing the day/date wheels. I would just leave them under the dial, but I'm fairly certain I'm going to need to use dial dots to set the dial so wheels squirming around under the dial likey dislodging the dots seems like a poor idea. Plus I've read the added friction puts unnecessary strain and wear on the movement. But that may be a myth.
My Google results tell me the basic size should drop into a 2824 case. And that is a it's a step behind the 2824, but basically a good movement. I'm sure they answer all my other questions as well if I knew what I was looking for.
Any watchmaker/repair hobbyist, or even Frankenwatch Creator's care to weigh in and point me in a direction.
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