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    George M Wheeler (AKA G.M. Wheeler) show them off

    G.M.Wheeler. Slow train, grade 57 from about 1871. What I would give to be able to go back in time & tour the Elgin factory in 1871. From the delivery of material [rail? - heavy wagons?] to the finished product. And seeing a factory without a parking lot, hard to imagine. David
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    Bunn Special Hunter Model 8

    Brad, Fear not- you certainly didn't burst my bubble. I am aware that the case once housed a different movement, but that doesn't change how I feel about the watch. Unless one had an original receipt identifying movement and case, even without extra case marks, you can't really know whether...
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    Bunn Special Hunter Model 8

    Rob Interesting to hear your take on it. I always thought it might be the other way around. A lot of people like to have the good stuff. Just a guess on my part also. David
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    Bunn Special Hunter Model 8

    I really love this watch, but it brings to mind a question I have always wondered about. Has anybody looked at the numbers and come up with a estimate of the percentage of Railroad grade watches that were bought by someone who just wanted a high grade watch as opposed to persons/Railroaders who...
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    HAMILTON 950B DIAL ENAMEL PORCELAIN

    Jim, Thank you for your comments, and yes, I like it just the way it is. David
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    HAMILTON 950B DIAL ENAMEL PORCELAIN

    Hello Jim, Serial number is S12883. My dial is definitely enamel. Sounds like you are saying my dial is not original to the watch. David
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    HAMILTON 950B DIAL ENAMEL PORCELAIN

    In my copy [2010] of the Complete Guide to Watches, it gives the listing for "950B....23j enamel dial" and then value. But at bottom of page in bold type it states " Add $500 to 950B for 23J Railway Special mint porcelain dial". Am I missing something here? Is there a distinction between enamel...
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    Sherline Tool Ideas

    Very useful item for the lathe is a indicator for carriage movement. Easily mounted with a bracket off the steel lead screw support. Also a indicator mounted on the vertical column of Sherline's mill to show Z movement of milling head. I made a mount with a big brass knob for easy adjustments...
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    Sherline Tool Ideas

    Graham, My thoughts exactly. Eric, The original pictures were the same as posted above. I took 2 new pictures [below] that show more detail of the hinge. I don't have any "before" pictures. Thanks for your interest. David
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    Sherline Tool Ideas

    Eric, yes I did modify mine to flip away [it is in my nature to modify stuff]. But that was a little more involved than the other ideas I am presenting above. David
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    Sherline Tool Ideas

    Couple of more ideas. For the Sherline mill: it comes with 2 different sized drawbars 1/4" and 5/16". Mill the flats of the larger hex head to the dimensions of the smaller & you'll only need 1 wrench. Back to the lathe, for those who own the Sherline T-Rest, replace the screws with levers. To...
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    Sherline Tool Ideas

    Thanks, I made the levers. The rods are 1/8" steel rod. The balls may have been a commercial item. I had a package of 25 that I picked up from a shop I worked in back in the 1970s. The balls are a 1/4 diameter with a 1/8 blind hole, always reminded me of the balls at the tip of old car...
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    Sherline Tool Ideas

    Thought I would share a couple of ideas someone might find useful. I bored 2 holes in the bottom of the Sherline cut-off holder & pressed in 2 pins so as to make holder self-aligning. Works great for me & have been using it for years. Also I like to replace the need for Allen wrenches whenever...
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    LARGE Seiko Pocket Watch

    Has anybody ever seen a Seiko pocket watch like this with the oversized case that measures over 60mm? It has the same basic movement that Seiko has been using since the 1930s, only in an oversized case. I have a picture posted along side of a typical Seiko rail way watch. Any information would...
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    Waltham Vanguard Wind Indicator cousins

    I am thinking you meant to type 27,322,XXX, and not 17,322,XXX. According to the data I am aware of, my 2 watches were from a run of 1,000 and you are saying all were wind indicators. Thanks for the information. David
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    Waltham Vanguard Wind Indicator cousins

    So I happened to have 2 16s Waltham Vanguard 23j wind indicator watches with serial # 27322717 & #27322737. Only 20 numbers apart, while not extraordinary, it is pretty neat. Am I right in assuming that all numbers in between would also be wind indicators? and more importantly, would any of you...
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    Key Wind Elgin in Pair Case

    Rick, My case is the case as shown in the Fahys patent you helpfully provided, Thanks! Question remains: Are there other examples of American pair cases or maybe the Fahys patent prevented others from appearing? David
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    Key Wind Elgin in Pair Case

    Here is a 11jewel key wind Elgin from about 1887 in what I call a pair case. Was this Fahy #1 case the only example of an American made pair case, or did other manufacturers have offerings? David
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    Post your American made Chronographs

    Hello Jim, The 100ths scale is on the dial. I assume it was special order from the factory. I have posted this chronograph on here before. //mb.nawcc.org/threads/hamilton-model-23-chronograph.124148/ prefixed by https: David

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