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I am the son of a watch-collecting father. Some of my first memories are of going to pawn shops and auctions with my old man. I am 62 years, old at the time of this writing (May, 2015) and although I didn't buy my first watch until I was around 25, I feel like I have been collecting since I was about 5. My father, a mathematics professor, was very interested in mechanical contrivances in general. His heroes were inventors like Eli Whitney, and Cyrus Hall McCormick. He often said that the best trade in the world was that of a machinist or tool and die maker. His love of machines passed down to me. From early on, it seemed to me that watches were some of the most fascinating and soul satisfying machines around.
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I did not, as my father wished, become a tool and die maker. Instead, I went to college and studied history, with a slant toward economic history. So, aside from the sheer mechanical wonder of watches, I am fascinated by their place in history. I am facinated by the timeline of technological advancements one can trace by examining watches from different points in the production of the various American factories. The history of time-keeping plays an important part in the study of the development of the industrial economies of Europe, and later of the United States. The development of watch production in the United States is a fascinating part of our industrial and transportation revolutions.
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