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  1. BrianPankow Sep 30, 2020

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    Better not start looking at turn of the century Ball watches. :)
     
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  2. ghce Sep 30, 2020

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    Yes always fancied a few of those in the collection.
     
  3. BrianPankow Sep 30, 2020

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  4. TexOmega Sep 30, 2020

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  5. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Sep 30, 2020

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    Nooo, keep wearing it! Just get yourself a nice leather lanyard that tucks safely into your pocket :thumbsup: I know a guy that makes these :whistling:


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  6. BrianPankow Sep 30, 2020

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    Looks great! Can you send me an address or link?
     
  7. TexOmega Sep 30, 2020

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    He makes them
     
  8. Canuck Sep 30, 2020

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    You can find any information you might need by clicking on this link. @DaveK on the MB. Dave K of Vancouver, Canada, makes these “mystery braid”, one piece leather watch lanyards. Scads of pocket watch collectors on this MB are wearing their collectibles on Dave’s lanyards. His email address:

    [email protected]

    His website:

    www.yourvintagewatch.com

    Try one, you’ll like it!
     
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  9. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Sep 30, 2020

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    Thanks for the shout out :rolleyes: Feel encouraged to PM me instead of going through Etsy
     
  10. BrianPankow Sep 30, 2020

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    Thank you! I’ll get a couple. I don’t think I can PM as I don’t have 200 posts yet.
     
  11. Canuck Sep 30, 2020

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    I do believe PMs are permitted, even if you don’t have 200 posts. Have you tried a PM?
     
  12. BrianPankow Sep 30, 2020

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    I did not. Ordered one on Etsy.
     
  13. BrianPankow Sep 30, 2020

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    If anyone decides to check out Ball watches, below is a note on the difference between “Commercial” and “Official” Standard. upload_2020-9-30_10-40-24.jpeg
     
  14. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Sep 30, 2020

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    Sorry about all that self promotion, back to Illinois pocket watches ::popcorn::
     
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  15. 140dave Sep 30, 2020

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    Did someone say Illinois? Here’s a handful...
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    4 of the “7 Jewels” and a Fat Boy for good measure. I have a fairly complete collection of 60hr Bunn Specials.
    1FAA4D82-D04D-4049-9FD3-38C3B4E2BB2E.jpeg L-R: 163 TIR, 163 TI, Fat Boy
    F5FE3230-1841-40E7-A3C0-3BA51B246372.jpeg L-R: Fat Boy (again) 163A TI, 163 TIE
     
  16. michael22 Sep 30, 2020

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    Where does "BUNN" come from?
     
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  17. TexOmega Sep 30, 2020

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    One of the original founders, John Bunn
     
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  18. TexOmega Sep 30, 2020

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  19. 140dave Sep 30, 2020

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    Since this isn’t a pocket watch forum there are probably a few that don’t know some of the variants that exist within the Illinois line. I have always been a collector who enjoys the hunt and some of the variants really fit that bill for me when I was actively collecting 60 Hour Illinois Bunn Specials. I’ll show a couple in this thread and give a bit of detail. We will start with the Fat Boy I showed earlier. There are thought to be under 1000 of these produced.

    The Bunn Special “Fat Boy” variant:
    BA2D3A61-0562-491E-8CE6-426B8CA34560.jpeg This variant has a 21 jewel 60 hour movement. It should always be a Type III (TIII) movement and should be specifically from 1928 to be correct for this type.
    F2585CEE-FBD0-4A02-B478-9CDBA1FD80A8.jpeg 8A9D8A29-F25E-42F6-9E3B-5E00598A4F6E.jpeg The movement itself is not what sets this one apart, thousands of 60hr TIII out there, it is the dial. This has an extra bold Arabic font, Arrows-out on the 5 minute markers and most noticeable are the pointed minute markers. Very different from the usual squared off minute markers.
    1C8BCA34-C42C-439F-A2C9-FBB4F8EF1714.jpeg Hand should be the different Sangamo-style blued kite hands as shown above. Lastly, the
    Fat Boy came in a factory Model 1 Bunn Special case, 10k yellow gold filled.
    E85101B8-F968-4067-B875-36E64A58C684.jpeg AE0004D6-DB7C-4C61-90BD-303AEF243AAE.jpeg So there you have it, The Fat Boy.
    Happy Hunting!
     
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  20. Waltesefalcon Oct 3, 2020

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    Today's offering is my little Sante Fe Special. It's a 12s model 1 grade 274 that was made in 1920. The interesting thing about this one is that being a 12s it's obviously not a rail road grade watch, even though it is prominently labeled as a Sante Fe Special on both the dial and the movement. The movement does have 21jewels, a going barrel, a double roller, and is adjusted to positions and temperature (I'm not sure how many positions though, it may only be three). I might have passed on this one but I loved the engraving on the back, it reminded me of my granddad who had raised cutting horses.
     
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