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  1. Samuel Curtis Roxbury No 549

    Today I have an enormous privilige to show one of these to you...

    I aquired one of the world's first movements made with interchangable parts, in a mass production fashion.

    I've got to admit I've not done extensive research, so please excuse any inaccuracies - comments appreciated...

    Perhaps the expression 'mass production' is not exactly the best here, as only 1000 were made before the factory went out of business, but it's about the technology, not quantaties ...

    Updated 01-17-2017 at 11:33 AM by pmwas

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  2. Soviet flatties - continued

    Getting on with my Soviet flatties blog, today I present the details of Poljot/Luch 2209 ('Vympel') movement.

    Vympel was introduced in the 1960s by 1st Moscow Watch Factory. The brand name Vympel was later abandoned and Poljot/Poljot de Luxe brands were used.

    IMO the most interesting 2209 Poljot would be this stainless steel 'atom' dial piece:

    Of course solid gold ones are lovely ...

    Updated 01-15-2017 at 02:01 PM by pmwas

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  3. Restoring an old family heritage watch...

    This time I've got a post about a watch I got a long, long time ago.


    That's... it
    The watch has a story. It was given to someone in the family of my neighbour as a wedding gift (or so she says).
    When I got it, it was a ticking old watch, however the movement, too small and lose in the case, was celarly not the original one.
    The dial has feet been bent to fit the new movement, so it actually might be the right one.

    Updated 01-11-2017 at 01:07 PM by pmwas

  4. Cognosco Veritatem - close-ups of Elgin's top of the line movement...

    Today I've got a 16 size Elgin for you.
    Recently I did an entry level 7 jewel H/C piece, today I've got an open face Veritas grade.
    Pictures have been long available in my album, but it's now I've decided to take it apart.
    Clearly it could use a cleaning...

    In fact like ...

    Updated 01-09-2017 at 10:26 AM by pmwas

  5. Elgin 17 jewels 18s adjusted

    This blog post is about a popular Elgin pocket watch.
    Tracing back my steps, at some point you'll find a J.T.Ryerson - one of the first angle escapement movements made in Elgin.
    This one here is likely among the last.

    This is a large 18 size full plate cased in a nice, but busted Star sterling case


    Updated 01-07-2017 at 03:05 AM by pmwas

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