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  1. Lee Passarella

    Sunday Hunting

    I wore one of my recent acquisitions. I like these Columbus named watches. The movements are kind of spiffy, I think. This is probably from 1902, a year before the Studebakers bought Columbus. Now I'll have to hold back a little so I can take care of utilities, dinner, gas for the car, and such.
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    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Here's the watch I was asking about in post #769, Howard Keystone 1113123, Series 0, c. 1912. Pocketwatchdatabase.com lists it as lever set, but it is actually pendant set. The case is an original (presumably) Howard 14K with a fairly indecipherable monogram, as usual. So did the database just...
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    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    These seem like reasonable speculations, SpringDriven. Thanks. Since this is a new watch, I'll post it in a bit and see what anybody else thinks.
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    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    I have a question (or questions) about Howard Series 0 watches. Some are lever set and some pendant set. I have one that is pendant set, but pocketwatchdatabase.com lists it as lever set. Did the database just get it wrong, or was there some modification that the buyer could ask for that would...
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    Illinois Illini grade 538, 13S

    I haven't been buying any gentleman's dress watches lately, but I couldn't resist this one because it was in such good shape. The database tells me it's a 13s, 21j Model 539 c. 1922. What caught my interest was the presentation text. From what I can determine, Mr. Delauney was a resident of...
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    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Took me a while to answer, didn't it, Rick? The case back was stuck, so I was hesitant to open it. Finally took it to a jeweler who pried it open. It's Keystone 14K. I still like it.
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    Liquidating part of a collection

    Would that the lower-end watches were what is termed "standard," Old rookie!
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    Liquidating part of a collection

    Selling to collectors would be the way to go for the modest high end of my collection, James. It is the more substantial lower end that I have been thinking of selling. But since it would bring pennies on the dollar and the effort would undoubtedly end up being far more trouble than it was...
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    How many interesting collectible watches are in the hands of collectors

    Very enlightening, Greg. I understand the basis of the detective work better now, having read your article. Wish I could stumble over one of the gilt-screw models you cite in your overview!
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    How many interesting collectible watches are in the hands of collectors

    This is a question from the thoroughly uninformed, but how do you come up with estimates for certain of these companies? Maybe Aurora kept complete enough records to make reasonable estimates, but wasn't Rockford so bad at record keeping that some estimates might be wild guesses? Howard wasn't...
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    Liquidating part of a collection

    Good tips. Thanks.
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    Liquidating part of a collection

    What would be the best way to unload a fair number of watches you no longer wanted to keep, supposing you were too lazy, or otherwise disinclined, to sell piecemeal on ebay? And supposing you didn't just want to give them away?
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    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Fine watch and fine history lesson, Dave. From the home of the Hero of Appomattox and our 18th president.
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    Burlington Special Identification Help

    Hello, Erin. Welcome. On Page 3 of the thread below there is a discussion of and photo inside and out of Burlington Specials, one a 19-jewel and the other a 21-jewel model. Show off your 19J Standard watches... I'll start with a 19j Bunn | NAWCC Forums
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    Show off your Ball Watches(any size)

    Nice watch, John. I like those stirrup-style bows, I guess they're called. Nothing special about my Ball watch either, an 18s, 21j Hamilton Ball 999A. Except it's my one and only.

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