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  1. Waltham, Mass. derby...

    An interesting (I hope) comparison today - I show two watches from the same city, yet from different makers - an American Waltham vs United States Waltham. Both 18 size, but foolishly I picked a... pendant set American Waltham, which either might make this post quite pointless, or even more interesting... I'll just see how it goes as I write...

    This watch:



    ...is a 15 jewel mid-grade ...
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  2. A trip to the end of pocket watch era - ELGIN 543 U-S-A

    And hello again

    The last Elgin small (12s and around) pocket watch I've shown was the Hulburd...



    I've brought it back to mention, that apart from it's low thickness and it's high quality, with it's overall design it was probably way ahead of it's times as well.
    Anyway, if you cross the genes of Hulburd with this other slim 12s...

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  3. A Marion struggle...

    Hi!
    This short post is about a watch I've been trying to restore since 2015.





    Here you can see it with the non original Elgin balance I made for it.
    The original balance was not there when I got this movement, and it's too nice to use for parts.
    In fact, damaged and somewhat polished, ...
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  4. Forgotten masterpiece...

    'The Forgotten masterpiece' was a title of my entry on Elgin 761 self-winding movement.
    This was before I started my blog, and it can still be found somewhere in wristwatches forum, and my today's purpose is not to re-post the same work.
    No, today's post I write because I got myself another one.

    Big deal - another lousy 761 - you'd think. Well - yes, not a big deal, but it's not exactly easy to get one of those in Europe. And in USA good ones have quite high prices, and ...

    Updated 05-11-2017 at 05:46 AM by pmwas

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  5. List of the many branches of English Watch-Making trade (Keene, 1817; Rees, 1819)

    From the proceedings of the parliamentary hearings on the Petition of watchmakers of Coventry (circa 1817).

    A watchmaker who appeared as a witness, Mr. James Keene of Coventry, provided this detailed and interesting list of all the different specialties of craftsmen that went into the making of an English watch at that time.

    Movement maker, divided in:
    • frame mounter
    • brass flatter
    • pillar maker
    • screw maker
    • cock and pottance maker
    • wheel maker
    • wheel finisher
    • barrel
    ...

    Updated 05-13-2017 at 02:31 PM by rstl99

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