Gotta Love bad e-bay pics

Just recieved this watch yesterday.  Here is the main listing pic...

Now a closer pic I took..

And another with the caps off of the band..

And now with the band removed..

A Corrigan with the original band connectors.  This has a half moon and rounded shield double stamp for 1938/1939 date and the front cover holding the crystal has not been glued or soldered into place.

Now the band connector on another Corrigan I just got back from being serviced and the dial being refinished in black...

Just need to get a pair of screw posts to finish the look. 

Another happy dance.  Didn't think that I would be able to find the original band swivels :+}'s picture
Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:00pm

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I saw this one after the fact. Incredible steal!!  Congrats!!! 



Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:14pm

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Dave that thing is AWESOME!  You know how rare it is to find those extended lugs with the Doug?  Wow... your the second person I know who owns one with them intact...

Uhmm.. I'm the first.. =)  !! haha!

Looking at how nicely it turned out is making me want to get mine all redone.  Very nice man.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:15pm

Yeah, I was surprised I wasn't competing with the SHARKS this time around.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:19pm

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Dude if I would have seen it I would have put a ton for a snipe on it.  They're that rare to find intact.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:17pm

Just found out this morning that the guard and crystal weren't permanently attached.  Later today I am going to buff out the case then swap the old movement out with the serviced/refinished one.


Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:22pm

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Oh yes... that crystal bezel detaches.... be careful with that!  Lose that puppy and you essentially have a parts watch until you find another to steal one from.

So essentially... with the detatchable lugs... detachable crystal bezel... front and back case.....

That thing comes in 4 pieces.  How sweet is that?

Here's a picture of the first one I saw before I got mine.  Whomever refurbed this one did a fantastic job!

These pictures are what set me on the hunt to find one intact.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 4:19pm

Now you are giving me the shivers!!

I thought the band was held on with screw pins but your photos show that the caps that are on mine were on backwards, on the top of the band instead of the underside.  Here I thought some owner had those capped pin sleeves made up because they lost a set of screws that went through the band.


Double happy dance!!!



Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:28pm

Yeah, I have 2 others, both with the guard soldered into place.  As a result when this one arived I didn't even check this case.  Just noticed the cover was loose as I was typing up this entry.

This case is terrible to try to buff and polish with that guard in place.

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 3:36pm

Wow, Excellent find!

Posted January 15, 2012 - 4:06pm

Very, very nice.  I'm green.  If you ever find another set of those connectors and want them to have a good home, please let me know.  My Corrigan needs them.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 4:13pm

I'll keep you in mind, but I have 2 more that are not feelin the love.... Now I need to find 2 more sets or find a way to fabricate them up.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 5:39pm

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 I need a set of those too. Watch looks awesome and I missed it entirely. I'm just finishing up mine now so I'll post it in a bit.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 6:20pm

It always pays to take a close look at those listings with poor pictures...You hit the Jackpot on this one Dave!

Posted January 15, 2012 - 6:21pm

Here is the family now that I have the one complete and put together properly..


Now I have to find where I put the extra glass crystal to replace the cloudy one.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 6:47pm

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Oh, so you have tripletts, Sweet!

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 9:43pm

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I "hit the jackpot" one out of maybe 10 times at best, and the one success seems to be stronger in my mind than the other nine loosers...or at least five loosers and four just OK.  I too use "bad pictures" for this crap shoot....  If I took the entire ten transactions and averaged what I "lost" verses what I gained, I'd just be in denial about it.....I think they call this euphorbic recall......but I call it an expensive hobby.

Posted January 15, 2012 - 10:05pm

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William, this is the true nature of us collector's. We'll take the gamble, shoot the dice and see what happens. I just recently purchased a lot of 8 watches, 4 bulova's but the creme of the bunch was a Hamilton Railroad approved electric. That single watch is worth 4x's what I paid for the lot. You just never know when your going to score, and it may not be a Bulova. I usually have to go large when I find a rarer lone Bulova because of all the snipe dogs out there. Folks know what they want and you still have to have the high bid if it's on Ebay. I still prefer scouting yard sales, pawn shops, second hand stores and estate auctions amongst other alteratives where the educated can really make some awesome finds.

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 12:21am

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I would love to go to those venues, but they are few and far apart on Oahu.  There are at least three folks I kinda know who do estate sales, and they somehow get any/all the watches and jewelery before the sale is even advertised.....  They know how to do the estate sales., and it's such a small world on Oahu, things don't make it to the general public unless these guys don't want them.  Yard sales are fun too, but again not that great...and so I go online...  I've been to all nine or ten pawn shops on Oahu, and none of these folks are buying anything but precious metals, investment grade watches, and won't touch stuff like Bulova watches...or really any watches I want or could afford.  I hold out hope though...more denial, but it's fun.

Posted January 16, 2012 - 12:41am


Try putting a wanted to buy old watches ad in your local penny saver or whatever they call the free circular they have in Oahu, you might be suprised on the response you get and what you might score...I have a friend local here that does that and he has picked up some nice items for a good price. 

Posted January 16, 2012 - 12:34am

You have to consider the thrill factor when you get lucky and snipe one, pick up a sleeper like Daca's or the seller takes your offer to "buy it now" because its been listed 6 of the 7 days and only has 1 or 2 low bids.

I agree with Shawn, local sources are the best finds, mainly because the cost factor and you actually get to hold it in your hand before you part with your $$$. I would guess about 70% of my keepers come from the local area.