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Calling all Pocket Watch Buffs

  1. Canuck Feb 22, 2021

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    Since there is not a forum for pocket watches, several of us pocket watch “nuts” have put our heads together to see if, by focussing on the topic of pocket watches in one “catch all” thread, we might be able, through combined synergism, actually have a thread to call our own.

    My first pocket watch is one I inherited from my late father, 45 years ago. He was a watchmaker, and while he was not a railroad watch inspector, he had a large clientele among the local railroad engineers, conductors, firemen, and on and on. This was the watch he used as a bench chronometer. It is a Hamilton grade 992.

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  2. Gaz6263 Feb 22, 2021

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    My interest in pocket watches mainly focuses on military ones. 7179D2F7-B898-41E5-BD3B-F6913526EB89.jpeg 2C072FA1-9C66-4787-8726-9BAAB53FD4E6.jpeg 1821A31F-6686-4F05-B2D9-E89C4DFD21D4.jpeg 550EC649-3AB9-4203-9D9F-C941025E0A6B.jpeg 5AEA0849-2D06-431D-B434-BB8F07C7A9B1.jpeg
     
  3. Jones in LA Fondamentalmente la gazza Feb 22, 2021

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    These are such beautiful little machines. I will definitely enjoy spectating on this thread :)
     
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  4. Canuck Feb 22, 2021

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    This one is as homely as a hedge fence. When I bought it, it was with the intention of “flipping” it. I did a two-part pictorial on the cleaning of the watch, for the NAWCC Bulletin publication. It was when I was tidying the case after the movement was done that I noticed 33 repair numbers inside the case back. It occurred to me that I knew who the watch inspector was who had maintained the watch for about 45 years. My research proved me correct. I located the original owner’s family, and they provided me with a wealth of background info and pictures covering the first owner and his career. This watch has rapidly become one of my favourites. A member of the collector fraternity provided me with a complete print out of all the repairs done to the watch over the years.

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  5. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Feb 22, 2021

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    It’s a generalization, but I feel history is more easily conveyed with pocket watches than wristies
     
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  6. JwRosenthal Feb 22, 2021

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    Does this guy count?
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  7. Colconkas Feb 23, 2021

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    I'm not a pocket watch guy, but I have a few anyways and this is my one. Waltham Crescent Street movement with up down indicator and Montgomery dial. I believe its 1915. Sorry I don't have a better photo of it to share .
     
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  8. marcn Enough space to say witty Feb 23, 2021

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    Really uncanny timing for this thread. I'm finally processing my dad's passing (in 2017) and have only now really started looking over a few pocket watches he left me. From google image searches, as best I can tell this is by C. Barbezat-Baillot, and may be from 1895. Large minute repeater chronograph triple-date moon phase. It was his father's, apparently a prize for some sort of pistol marksmanship competition.

    Growing up, I'd only ever seen this watch once, when he allowed me to accompany him to the safe deposit box. I must've been 10-years old, and even then my mind was blown, and I'd never forgotten how it sounded when he pressed the chime lever. I heard that chime again today, some 40 years later. It was an emotional day.

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  9. JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Feb 23, 2021

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    :eek:

    ::love::
     
  10. Oku Feb 23, 2021

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  11. Borosilikat Feb 23, 2021

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    My 18th century fusee says hello!
     
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  12. Canuck Feb 23, 2021

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    Details? What might you care to tell us about your key winder?
     
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  13. tikkathree Feb 23, 2021

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    Ditto..... and a few photos shortly......nothing special but they're mine!
     
  14. Borosilikat Feb 23, 2021

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    Well I bought it earlier this year from a seller in Holland, it was made in the late 18th or early 19th century in Paris by a watchmaker by the name of J. Delvaux.

    The case is solid 18k yellow gold.

    What really attracted me to this watch is the stunning combination of enamel numerals and guilloche dial engraving !

    I'm attaching some pictures that the seller took as he was much better at taking macros than I ;)
     
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  15. Borosilikat Feb 23, 2021

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    Two more I just took.
     
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  16. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Feb 23, 2021

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    For someone not into pocket watches, you have a nice one :cool:
     
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  17. Canuck Feb 23, 2021

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    Outstanding. Beautifully made, and in exquisite condition. I believe the dial is done in what was known as a “cartouche” style, with the individual discs, each containing a numeral. When that watch was made, enamelling was done in coke ovens, and there was always a problem with fly ash contaminating the enamel while it was in a molten state. Hence, the cartouche dial was a popular style. Less spoilage.
     
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  18. Borosilikat Feb 23, 2021

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    Thank you for your kind words !
    Very interesting to hear about the cartouche style and coke ovens, I did not know about this at all.
    I really love this little thing, it is my only pocket watch. I bought it because I wanted something truly handmade for once and not mass produced (albeit well-made nonetheless of course) like Omega,Rolex, etc so I decided to get a watch from the era where *all* watches were handmade !
     
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  19. amcclell Feb 23, 2021

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    There are 3 in my home and 2 others - a size 12 Waltham gf hunter that my daughter wears on a slip chain and a size 14 gf Omega that my son has. The 3 remaining ones are all serviced and functional. None are particularly noteworthy, although the Waltham has a nice inscription and was presented by the town upon return from WWI.

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    Size 16 Omega 2 position adjusted gf
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  20. Canuck Feb 23, 2021

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    Like them all, but love the Omega.