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  1. Vance Johnson

    Working on a Waterbury Rack and Snail marked "Patented Sept 13, 1898" shelf clock. Rack & Snail on back of movement, connected by arbor at the very bottom of the movement that connects to the front. On the front, the arbor has a small gear and a washer that holds on the hour pipe. The back side of the arbor has a large gear that prevents removal of the springs. The front side gear is very tight and I can't seem to remove it. Steven Conover Book 7 on page 107 shows a similar gear ...
  2. Man, that's American - has to be crap!

    The title of my blog post might seem ridiculous for American members of our Forum, but when I was getting started collecting American watches - you'd hear it here all the time.
    Lucky me, at the time I was rather buying than selling, and such opinion resulted in ridiculously low prices.
    Wy would people in Poland say so? Well - most of the immigrants that went from Poland to USA to earn money were poor people, unwilling to spend they hard-earned money on luxury goods like watches. ...

    Updated 05-02-2017 at 03:20 AM by pmwas

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  3. Ch.F.Tissot & Son Locle - a high grade Tissot for America

    Tissot... a well known lower mid-range brand, making quality timepieces since 1853.
    I still remember getting my first Tissot. When I was at the begining of my way collecting mechanical watches, I got a beautiful, gold, vintage Tissot for my 18th birthday.



    The mesh gold bracelet was given to me by my grandfather and it makes a valuable watch alltogether, despite the damaged dial.
    I don't ...

    Updated 04-29-2017 at 04:07 AM by pmwas

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  4. Levees invisibles - to make a Thomas Russell tick again

    Hi again!
    This time I've got a Thomas Russell pocket watch, SN 81189, made around 1889.
    Bought in non working condition and actually, there was no picture of the movement either.
    For parts or repair then...



    Here it is disasembled. This is a fairly young English full plate, with English lever escapement, and they were no longer installing fusees in them. On initial examination I ...

    Updated 04-23-2017 at 02:46 PM by pmwas

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  5. The Three Emperors' Corner - part five - Grandma's watch

    And hello to you again.
    Today's tale starts right by Cracov mentioned before, in the town of Wieliczka, south from it.
    It's the birthplace of my grandmother, also a town renowned from it's salt mine hundreds years old.

    This is my grandmother's watch - a French Herma. I think she still livede in Wieliczka when she bought it.
    She told me a story she won the money on some declamatory contest and bought herself a watch.
    This must have been somewhere around 1950 ...
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