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  1. And so I got myself a Swiss fake...

    A free Saturday - something that does not happen very often, at least not for me.
    And so, having a lot of free time, I decided to attend to a D.D.Neveren watch I recently got.
    It's a large, circa 6cm watch, bigger than any other pocket watch I have.
    A busted, rusty piece missing one hand and crystal, in non-working condition...



    M.Clausen...

    http://www.m-clausen.dk/ ...

    Updated 07-02-2017 at 05:03 AM by pmwas

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  2. And another early Elgin :)

    Very early in fact!

    Yesterday I unpacked Fred's mail, despite my initial idea to wait for the case to arrive.
    No - I'm not THAT patient to wait. Having a No 558 Elgin in a box and not take a look? No, that's not me

    And now that it's unpacked... why not take a look inside?
    No way to wait, again!

    In the description, there was a slipping mainspring and gummy balance.
    Sounds very typical for an old movement and I admit the movement did look ...
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  3. Another early Elgin on my workbench

    And hello again!
    Today I present you my newest buy - an old wreck that once used to be an Elgin watch:



    Or National Watch Co watch to be precise.
    The movement was out of the case, but the case looks original - correct period and correct screw mark placement on the rim. The watch had plenty of visible damage, and so it only reached $48 on eBay.
    Is that a bargain? Not in this state, ...
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  4. The Three Emperors' Corner - part six - grey as a socialist block of flats...

    What I state in the tilte is not entirely true anymore, as most of these are currently being refurbished and painted in nice, bright colors. Going back a decade and more, we had plenty of grey, ugly socialist blocks of flats. Not willing to start a discussion in topics ranging from economy, through sociology to general politics, laove them or hate them - they surely provided a loot of flats for people to live at reasonable cost.
    Actually, I grew up in one of those. And I have mixed feelings ...
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  5. Survival rates watches from 18th and early 19th centuries (France and England)

    I'm slowly working my way through (savouring) Adolphe Chapiro's "La montre française - du XVIe siècle jusqu'à 1900", Les Éditions de L'Amateur 1991. It has to be the definitive book on vintage french watches.

    In the chapter devoted to Julien Le Roy (and his son Pierre), Chapiro writes (my translation):

    "Of the 5000 watches produced by the firm "Julien Le Roy" between 1720 and 1779 [father and son], only fifty specimens, whose authenticity is established ...
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