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Antique Pocketwatches (and other cool timepieces)

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Full Trucker, Jun 13, 2019 at 11:19 PM.

  1. Full Trucker

    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    So after seeing all the neat old watches a bunch of us have in the GMT today, I thought it would be a cool thread. Seems like a few of us have non-working watches, I'll post the link to the repair guy I found... hopefully @Nick can post up some of his resources as well.

    So here's mine...

    My dad just gave me his grandfather's pocket watch that he used while working on the railroads before WWI. Serial number search indicates this thing was made in 1910... it's a gold Elgin with no flippy face cover. It seems to work really well, so long as it's level and face-down. Gotta find a good watch mechanic and have it checked out. It's super neat.

     
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  2. Full Trucker

    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    Couple of links:

    Who else has a cool old watch? Or even a cool new watch?

    @Pesqueeb @jonKranked @Nick @StiHacka @Acadian
     
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  3. 4xBoy

    4xBoy Turbo Monkey

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    I have a few, this is the cool one. IMG_20190613_213952~2.jpg IMG_20190613_213957~2.jpg
     
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  4. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    Hmmm...I used to have a train watch but lost it in my parent's move. Not sure where it is now.

    I have always wanted a Waltham, WWI era trench watch, as I think the history is super cool, but I'm not sure I want a 52mm timepiece on my wrist with a 15mm leather strap.

    I ended up picking up a Waltham ladies watch not too long ago in a drunk ebay purchase, thinking it might look handsome on my wrist, but nah- it's too slender (ie a ladies' watch).

    I'll have to take a photo of my collection. I have about 10 watches, all under $200, that I usually wear depending on outfit and mood...but I got a Galaxy watch recently to track sleep and steps, and I'm rather enamored.
     
  5. StiHacka

    StiHacka Compensating for something

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    My Hamilton isn't special, I think I bought it when I needed some new toy to lift me out of a depression a couple years ago. I have a bunch of new mechanical watches from microbrands but they are not really that interesting.
     
  6. jonKranked

    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    repost from yesterday's GMT. I'm gonna see if i can decipher the serial number and pull up some info on it. i also remembered that i have the pocket watch that belonged to my great uncle (the one who I learned after his passing was part of the Normandy invasion). That's a cool one because it winds with a key.

    Here's my watch. Inscription is 1912. My grandfather (maternal) was born 1919 so this belonged to my great grandfather.
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    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    That's a waltham movement inside a liberty watch case, looks like. Waltham is where I used to live. Cool watch!
     
  8. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    Probably just needs cleaned. Sometimes dry heat will reduce the stiction of old oil.
     
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    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    i forgot, i also have a Leoultre Atmos clock too.
     
  10. Full Trucker

    Full Trucker Frikkin newb!!!

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    I thought maybe, but when I turn it sideways with my ear up to it I can hear (and feel) something moving around in there. The TBT guy said that most likely it has a broken lower pivot on the balance. Apparently shock protection did not start to come into widespread use until the 50's, and that is a pretty common repair.
     
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    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    1927 Elgin model 4
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    1937 Waltham Model 1924CR
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    1907 Illinois Model 4 Burlington Special
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    1904 / 1905 Waltham model 1884
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  12. junkyard

    junkyard You might feel a little prick.

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    Heres my collection, a bit dusty i know but they are all good watches. Make offers?

    Thought i would make some sort of art out of them. There are a couple that are a bit better with clear glass i got in another cabinet. Thought i could carry em with sand in them and maybe a dead beetle. In anycase i got my dads rolex and one he bought me.
     
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    boostindoubles Nacho Libre

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    This is my favorite antique timepiece. It's not that fun to look at but it hardly ever breaks.

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  14. HardtailHack

    HardtailHack used an iron once

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    I was given a vegan watch last year as a gift, it made me realize I didn't have a single watch with a leather band, and now I do, thanks vegans!