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  1. Keystone-Howard 12s pocket watch

    The watch I'm showing today is somewhat special to me...

    This blog post is about a 12 size Keystone Howard gold filled pocket watch I got myself to 'celebrate' startin my first 'real' job. Here in Poland the training process seem to last forever, so this was only 5 years ago...

    Back then buying a $100-$150 watch was 'something' to me, so I considered it quite expensive...
    And since I always wanted a Howard... what else could it be?

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    Updated 11-15-2016 at 11:49 AM by pmwas

  2. Aurora vs Illinois 18s design

    A well known subject - even less experienced American watch collectors will know that Aurora 18 size movement design appears to be almost identical to earlier Illinois Watch Co's 18s movement.

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    Currently I only have 1 single Aurora in my collection (way too few )
    It's a nicely finished, nickel damaskeened, 15 jewel, adjusted version, with breguet hairspring and four meantime ...
  3. United States Watch Co 16s 'dome' model 1 again

    Another revisited subject - but this time it's not a restoration blog...
    Today we'll explore a piece that's prefectly all right.

    As we know, most (some say all) dome 16s USWCo watches were loe grade, 7 jewel pieces.

    Earliest ones, like the No20 I've shown, had solid balance and coarse train, while newer ones have quick train and compensation balance.

    This piece, S/N 2667, has only just arrived from Slovenia...

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    Updated 10-30-2016 at 09:35 AM by pmwas

  4. Raketa automatic - a remarkable Soviet watch

    Some time ago I described an automatic Slava watch made in USSR.
    As you might remember, the watch featured a weird, somewhat over-complicated design, and among the comments there was one caliming Soviet watches are generally no good.
    In fact I have to disagree, as - although many of them are low quality, there were many good tipmepieces made in USSR.

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    Among them there was this automatic double date watch, developed in the 1970s ...

    Updated 10-30-2016 at 04:41 PM by pmwas

  5. An early American made Columbus... part 2

    Getting back to my Columbus... I've worked hard for many hours, practiced some techniques, maybe learnt something new, did some things well, some things wrong and sadly - this movement finally was subjected to scrapping for parts, if there are any usable at all...

    Still, even though defeated in the end, I think I kept my honor in this battle, so here goes:

    Firstly - I finally understood how this weird, circular click spring works in this Columbus, so I managed to ...

    Updated 10-26-2016 at 07:03 AM by pmwas

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