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Looking For An Affordable Equestrian Themed Mechanical Pocket Watch - Any Suggestions?

  1. gbesq Nov 11, 2023

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    For a Christmas present for my adult daughter who owns and operates an equestrian business.
     
  2. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Nov 11, 2023

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    Equestrian goes hand in hand with the JLC reverso, but that’s not a pocket watch and a bit more money for sure
     
  3. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Nov 11, 2023

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    Funny thing happened. I am making a few lanyards this weekend and after perusing the OF message board I went into my workshop to get my “lanyard making box”. When I opened it…. There were horses peeking out!

    I must have picked up this cheap watch for the chain attachment. Does not work. I think it’s mechanical but beyond that I have no clue.

    Coincidence right after reading this short thread. IMG_6015.jpeg IMG_6016.jpeg IMG_6017.jpeg IMG_6018.jpeg IMG_6019.jpeg IMG_6020.jpeg

    The bottom of the dial says it was assembled in Hong Kong. Did Mad Dog ever fly Cargo Planes?

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  4. Canuck Nov 11, 2023

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    Not available, not affordable, but equestrian themed. 1903 Elgin 18-size B W Raymond. 1884 E Howard, N size, hunter. P2248576.jpeg P2248575.jpeg P2248574.jpeg P3267699.jpeg P3267696.jpeg P3267694.jpeg
     
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  5. Dan S Nov 11, 2023

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    There is an interesting niello Longines on eBay at the moment. They are asking a lot for it. Sorry I don’t know how to paste a link from the eBay app on my phone but a search will find it easily.
     
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  6. gbesq Nov 11, 2023

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    Wow, Steve, that’s beautiful. And Canuck, the Elgin is stunning.
     
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  7. Jones in LA Isofrane hoarder. Nov 11, 2023

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    Longines has been marketing themselves as the official watchmaker for equestrian sports for some time. A good place to start.
     
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  8. gbesq Nov 11, 2023

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    Thanks!
     
  9. Syrte MWR Tech Support Dept Nov 11, 2023

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    Hello? Equestrian = Longines, or Hermes.
    Why does it have to be a pocket watch?
    Longines of course as stated above are the official timekeeper of a bunch of equestrian events and have been since the late 1800s or early 1900s.
    Furthermore, Hermes which is known for its leather saddlemaking craft has themed a number of wrist watches inspired by equestrian sports, including the watch called “Etrier” (stirrups) jointly produced with JLC, or the Hermes model called “Arceau” which features an asymetric design inspired by equestrian buckles,
    Or the model called “sellier” which they created for a big anniversary, with a nail pattern again inspired by saddle making.
    It so happens I have a couple such Hermes watches which I’ve been contemplating selling as I’m no longer wearing them so much, but I had not yet found the energy ;)
    Below is a “sellier” watch I already sold, and my “Arceau” watch which I still own.
     
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  10. Canuck Nov 11, 2023

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    One of the foremost equestrian centres in the world is our own Spruce Meadows. Rolex has that one locked up tight!
     
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  11. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Nov 11, 2023

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    I was doing some browsing today. Affordable, Horsey and American made are contradictions in terms. Its gonna be expensive.
     
  12. 140dave Nov 11, 2023

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  13. 140dave Nov 11, 2023

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    :thumbsup: The movement isn’t great, just a basic 7j but the case is nice. Depending on who it’s for and your basic thoughts on watches, you could easily get a Hamilton 992 (21j RR grade) and recase into the horse case and have a pretty nice piece all around.

    Depends on how much time and effort you want to put in but you can get it done for around $500 not including service. This lot won’t go for over $300 (best guess) and a good 992 can be had under $200 all day long. Combine the 2, sell the rest of youd like to cover the service. A bit of work but really not much.
     
  14. pdxleaf ... Nov 11, 2023

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    How about an "Iron" horse railroad rated pocket watch? Hamiltons can be relatively inexpensive but keep perfect time..

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    Don't forget the Duracuir1 lanyard!
     
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  15. Canuck Nov 12, 2023

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    The one with the horsy back is a New York Standard model. Trash movement in my opinion!
     
  16. Canuck Nov 12, 2023

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    Why not go for something like a modern Tissot pocket watch. Either with the venerable Eta 6497 calibre, full size mechanical movement, or the smaller versions done with a quartz movement. Check around for a company that does laser engraving who can decorate the case with an equestrian theme.
     
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