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  1. Fellow Watch member in Portland Oregon Area

    Hello!
    If you live near/in PDX and are willing to share expertise in wrist/pocket watches I'd love to chat w you!
    I volunteer at Community Warehouse (communitywarehouse.org) and we occasionally receive watches that are vintage/unusual. These are sold to support the program of housing assistance. I can do the ebay thing for some, but there are others that are too old/unique to define there! Interested? marilyndj@hotmail.com
    Thanks!!
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  2. The last fusee chronometer?

    This blog post is about a clock I 'accidentally' aquired a few years ago.
    Unlike most stuff I have, it's fairly modern, but of an old, long forgotten design (which are the features we seem to have in common). In this post I might play Captain Obvious a bit, describing things way too obvoius for experienced watch enthusiasts, sho have mercy...


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    There.

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    Inside the double ...

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

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  3. Fancy 7 jewel... part three - fancy... movement

    And so, after the fancy case prelude, another grade 290 7 jewel movement by Elgin, but ths time... a fancy grade 290.
    Possible? Well - here goes...

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    A grade 290 indeed, but with nice, two tone finish...
    Elgin hardly ever made two tone movements (a 17j 12s probably being the most common), which is a touch strange, considering they obviously had the means to do so.
    The movement I got needed some repairs, mainly - the balance ...

    Updated 09-30-2016 at 09:39 AM by pmwas

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  4. A visit in Glashutte's watch&clock museum in Germany...

    Bid you all a warm welcome!

    I've only just returned from France, or - to be precise Alsace (or Elsass if you like), and I'm writing this post tasting my freshly bought genuine French absinthe (to boost my creativity), so excuse me if I happen to be a touch excentric...
    Anyway - all last week I was on holiday (a rather busy holliday) in a quiet, small village of Ihtratzheim in Alsace, mostly to see the charming small wine-making towns of the area and large cities of Mulhouse, Colmar ...

    Updated 09-18-2016 at 11:03 AM by pmwas

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  5. Fancy 7 jewel... part two - fancy case

    Good day to you all again!

    This blog post is about another 7 jewel Elgin watch, and another reason a 7 jewel watch can be attractive - a fancy case.
    Of course a 7 jewel movement in a fancy case often leaves a temptation to discard the movement and use the case for a 'better' purpose.
    Quite understandable in case of recased watches, but I'd generally not recommend it for all original, historical pieces (with few exceptions of badly damaged original movements).

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