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  1. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    John, this was DeweyC's comment in response to an earlier post in this thread by me: When you contrast this to Hamilton's [business] model (with which they DOMINATED the RR market within 10 years), you really appreciate the thought process that went into it's creation. I told him I hadn't known...
  2. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    John, I have watched this video and really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for posting. Is Elgin one of your favorite brands? I'm here because of an Elgin, ca 1887, that came to me recently...not railroad-grade. It belonged to my grandfather who raised me, so I cherish it. Happy that this video shows...
  3. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    Dewey, so much fascinating stuff to discuss! It's almost overwhelming. And yes...a single post easily leads into both closely related and far-afield areas. It's too easy for me to get down in the weeds, so must be careful about brevity LOL. This is hard when talking about a topic, like...
  4. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    Dewey, thanks for your thoughtful response. I got a lot more than I bargained for with my relatively short question...Thank you. For me, starting a small, modest collection would include learning how to properly care for my vintage watches...to learn how to seek and find someone knowledgeable...
  5. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    Good advice. I've noticed that quite a few eBay sellers say specifically that a piece is running when they checked it before sale, but that they do not guarantee its performance once purchased. It seems that sellers of this description wouldn't agree to take back a watch that stopped or began...
  6. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    Dewey, I'm on my way to work and want to reply more fully later today. For now, let's just say your post has given me a lot of new insight. I didn't imagine how much a person could learn by meeting people here. For me, the word "watchmaker" denotes someone of broad and deep -- and very valuable...
  7. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    Richiec, I'm not sure how I caught this disease so quickly. I was fine and healthy and then....boom. All it took was suddenly inheriting two pocket watches at the same time, and I started thinking about them. As a novice looking over items on eBay and Etsy, etc., my evaluation skills are brand...
  8. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    Thanks, Rob. I might need a referral. I'm going to check with a shop that has a good reputation in my state -- will call them tomorrow -- and see what their status is. I appreciate it.
  9. Girl59

    Repair $$ Differential Between Older and Newer RR Watches?

    Loving the wide variety of RR watches. Wondering if, for a person just getting their feet wet, mechanism performance is generally better and repair costs lower on more recently made watches ('40s-'60s?) than on those made decades earlier...or not necessarily? Does the need for repair depend most...

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