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I know some of you fellas have super nice pocket watches. Trot em out!

This one is my oldest. It’s only gold plate, not solid. A size 18s Hampden Watch Company Hunter case, lever set. The bar chain has a crystal spinner drop. It was made in 1881. I’ve had it about 20 years. It keeps spot-on time. :wub:

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Don’t have on yet, but hopefully getting one this year.

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This is my paternal Grandfathers pocket watch and chain, he was born in 1889

 

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My grandfather on the left with his brother, early 1900's

 

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Very early photo of Grandmother

 

 

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My Grandfather and Grandmother celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary 

 

 

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Interesting. Almost the size of a wrist watch!

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I can't bring myself to wear my Grandfathers pocket watch to a match, this is what I wear for CAS, it was the princely sum of around $9 delivered off eBay and keeps perfect time, its metal and of substantial weight (unbelievable that they can be made for that price and someone is making a profit). 
It had a brass horses head as a 'dangler' and I made up a nickel .357 case and replaced it. 

 

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A dangler is called a Drop and not to be confused with a fob which attaches directly to the watch. 
I wouldn’t wear a family heirloom like that to a match either. Maybe to a dinner or awards ceremony.

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Just now, Rip Snorter said:

The small ones were sometimes ladies watches, tho not always.

Yes generally. Frequently attached to a broach or neck chain. My wife had one.

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3 minutes ago, Rip Snorter said:

How odd - Great Grandfather's Watch by family legend - lived in New England,  just paid a good bit for repair and it sort of runs.

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Watch repairmen are getting very scarce. We had one in town but he retired a few years ago. Now anything has to be sent out. :(

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On my grandfathers watch, there's a lot of scratch hieroglyphic like marks on the very inside (workings) gold cover. When I took it to an old watch repairman in the '90's he said all those marks were from other watch repairers in the past who had worked on it and had inscribed what that had done and he was able to read them like a book....it was very interesting.

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The one on the left is an Illinois white gold lever wind. It was my wife's Grandfather's. He worked for Santa Fe RR for 40 years. The one on the right is a Hamilton gold lever wind. Was my Grandfather's who worked for the Pacific Electric RR (Called the Red Cars in Los Angeles) for 40 years. Both are 18's and keep spot on time. I wear the Hamilton when I am shooting.IMG_1250.thumb.JPG.12d20515563d046a1bd06f466b399232.JPG

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28 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Watch repairmen are getting very scarce. We had one in town but he retired a few years ago. Now anything has to be sent out. :(

He was good, He cleaned both of my watches a few years ago. Unfortunately he passed away a couple of years ago. He was a member of my Masonic Lodge.

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mines not as legit as all of yours are… (it’s gotta quartz movement)

but it was a gift from Betty Lou 

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51 minutes ago, Buckshot Bear said:

On my grandfathers watch, there's a lot of scratch hieroglyphic like marks on the very inside (workings) gold cover. When I took it to an old watch repairman in the '90's he said all those marks were from other watch repairers in the past who had worked on it and had inscribed what that had done and he was able to read them like a book....it was very interesting.

Yes. Each subsequent repairman can see what was done. Mine has no repair inscriptions. Most I’ve seen have something at least.

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Wow! A Ferguson dial! Very cool!

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This is a no-name watch I bought at Wal-Mart or Target back around 20 years or so ago when we were still actively shooting. It kept pretty decent time, though shoots were about the only time I carried it.  The little crystal in the cover disappeared one day, I have no idea if it broke or just fell out.

 

The Russian stopwatch I picked up on eBay about 4 years ago when I got into rubber powered free flight.

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We have a younger guy at a pawn shop here  that does watch repair

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16 hours ago, Big Sage, SASS #49891 Life said:

The one on the right is a Hamilton gold lever wind. Was my Grandfather's who worked for the Pacific Electric RR (Called the Red Cars in Los Angeles) for 40 years. Both are 18's and keep spot on time. I wear the Hamilton when I am shooting.

I see Grandfather was a Freemason and Scottish Rite.
Good for him.

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Some awesome timepieces shown in this thread. Two of mine below - on the left is one belonging to a great uncle, given to him upon his retirement in 1941. The other belonged to an uncle of my wife, who worked for one of the railroads in western Missouri, circa 1920s-30s. I wear this one for CAS dress up as it still keeps excellent time. The other needs repair.

 

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1 hour ago, bgavin said:

I see Grandfather was a Freemason and Scottish Rite.
Good for him.

My wife's and mine both were, along with my Dad and me.

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One more. My dad's navigation watch made by Breitling. Among a lengthy govt. inscription of contract and part numbers on the back reads, "Watch Navigational Stop"; "US Property". The chain is a closed loop so it can be hung somewhere in the cockpit. Circa 1951. It still works.

 

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24 minutes ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

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Your hands must be tiny! :D

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I got it from a huge lumberjack in northern Maine several years ago. He was totin' a double bit axe twice as long as a hockey stick, and riding an odd blueish gray ox the size of an elephant. True story.

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OK, they're actually a desk clock powered by a AA battery. You can usually find 'em on eBay - there are at least five of them listed right now. I sewed a big pocket inside one of my Wahmaker vests, and it's always good for a laugh when I pull it out. :lol: Some have a second hand and some have an alarm hand instead.

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1 hour ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

OK, they're actually a desk clock powered by a AA battery. You can usually find 'em on eBay - there are at least five of them listed right now. I sewed a big pocket inside one of my Wahmaker vests, and it's always good for a laugh when I pull it out. :lol: Some have a second hand and some have an alarm hand instead.

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Your vest is big enough to do that! Mine isn’t. :lol:

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2 of my favorite. 1st is dated 1872, runs and keeps great time and been on many trips to Germany with me. The 2nd is dated 1863 and also runs great. Both are key wound and key set and both sterling silvers cases.

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i do enjoy seeing all these collectible - very fine watches , my sister has my grandfathers railroad watch , turn of the century [not the last the one before that] closets i might come to those you are showing , but for our game i have a new made , low grade , i dont care if i loose it .............except i got it from one of my BIL who passed away last year so it became a little more important to me , i do like a pocket watch and the phone is not as comfortable in the pocket , 

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1 hour ago, watab kid said:

…and the phone is not as comfortable in the pocket , 

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i agree… teleophones are way too bulky

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I collected them years ago. Got hooked on some late night shopping network back in the day & bought quite a few on call in auctions! Didn’t know it at the time, but acquired some very nice collectible watches. Three of my favorites are: top left - Elgin “Father Time”   top right - Elgin “B.W. Raymond”   bottom - Hamilton 992b

 

The Elgins are from the turn of the century & the Hamilton from around the 30’s.

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