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Here’s an old Waltham similar to Marshall Dan’s. It’s from the 1860’s & still runs like a top!

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decades ago (i had a friend that was in the business of repairing clothes).  

 

a wrist watch i had was tearing up the sleeve/liner of my jackets…

 

she fixed them but one day gave me this pocket watch

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Back in... let's see, late 70's or early 80's, I think it was...  Wells Fargo contracted some Swiss watchmaker to produce watches commemorating their founding in 1852.  Accordingly, 1,852 watches were to be made.

 

When I first heard about 'em, I decided that I just had to have one.  And I got one - No. 1,201 of 1,852.  :)

 

I have no idea who made it, but 40+ years later it still runs well, and, in my not-so-humble opinion, is the perfect pocket watch for our game.  :rolleyes:

 

Solid, seventeen-jewels, and still keeps very good time - never been adjusted, but since new it's gained about a minute a week.  At this rate it'll probably be spot on in another quarter century or so.  ^_^

 

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A Molnija winder, a Dunhaven winder, and three battery powered. The two Remingtons are identical - gotta have an identical backup, doncha know. ;)

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1 hour ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

A Molnija winder, a Dunhaven winder, and three battery powered. The two Remingtons are identical - gotta have an identical backup, doncha know. ;)

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Dunhaven the oldest?

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4 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Dunhaven the oldest?

Ya, and even it's not all that old. I don't think it dates to much earlier than the 70's. The 1970's, that is. 

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I agree with you, Hardpan.  Wells Fargo is synonymous with the old west.

 

Is there a “watch smith” folks recommend?   I’d like my Colt one better if it’s hands were black.

 

I only recently saw this old pocketwatch / minute repeater.  Holy smokes that’s another level of cool.   There are YT videos of this Tiffany & Co one.

 

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A local watchmaker here had blackened hands but couldn’t get me a second hand right quick (so maybe next time).

I like that it’s easier to read than with the gold colored hands.

 

I only thought of this now… charcoal blue would be an even better fit (would the hands have to be steel?).

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1 hour ago, WOLFY said:

A local watchmaker here had blackened hands but couldn’t get me a second hand right quick (so maybe next time).

I like that it’s easier to read than with the gold colored hands.

 

I only thought of this now… charcoal blue would be an even better fit (would the hands have to be steel?).

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Blued hands were standard on almost all watches.

Any good watchmaker should have no problem  with that.

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I just picked up a wee knife like that for my chain. :)

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I have a few, mostly RR Grade from late 19th & early 20th century.....

 

Here's one that I carry fairly regularly.

It's an Elgin 17 jewel 3 Finger Bridge pendant set, mfg in 1900

It's not RR Grade, but I really enjoy carrying it because of the glass back Display Case it's in.

Let's you watch it ticking away :D

122 years and it still keeps Perfect Time!

 

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Here is my grandfather’s watch.  It’s a South Bend.  The Studebaker family bought the watch company to compliment their automobile factory in the same city. I believe this was one of the last watches they made; they went out of business around 1930. This one is a pretty nice model, 18 caret gold, 21 jewels. Had it cleaned some years back and it’s kept great time ever since. Some of you no doubt will note that he was an Elk.  
Seamus

 

 

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On 4/29/2022 at 2:49 PM, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Blued hands were standard on almost all watches.

Any good watchmaker should have no problem  with that.

 

maybe i was asking for the wrong color… what i meant was this kind of a blue

 

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not Zoolander blue (as in blued steel)

 

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‘Bout 25 years ago, Schoolmarm and I were in one of the local motorcycle shops for the start of a toy run that we rode in and for details on the concert my band was playing at the final destination.

 

She spotted this pocket watch with a nice chain and a belt loop holder for riding.

 

 I never had a wristwatch that lasted more than three or four days, so she bought this for me for our anniversary.

 

It keeps excellent time, has a lifetime battery replacement, and has lasted and worked flawlessly. It hangs upside down so that you can read it when you turn it up to check the time and it’s meant to hang on the left side for easy access when riding your motorcycle so that you don’t have to release the throttle when moving or the hand brake when you’re stopped.

 

The belt loop holder wore out several years ago and Michigan Rattler made the one pictured out of buffalo hide.

 

 

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