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    WW1 trench watch just added to the collection

    Really nice find! You def. have a keen eye i would have definitely missed that one. Iam pretty sure I saw this listed too.
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    Help Identifying Elgin Watch

    the case was not from 1912, those cases came around late 1917 it could be later based on the manufacturer marking inside. I think illinois and wadsworth were the first with the cushion case design. These became more popular in 1919 onward through the 1920s. The movement is most likely and...
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    Help identifying older watch

    serial number/model number may not have any significance here But it should be inside of the case. The movement is most likely going to be an A. Schild. and a pic of movement will be needed to determine the caliber. Looks like a one piece which means its a split stem, and removal will be through...
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    Honor the Death of the Last of 6 WW2 Pilots Engraved on my 1944 Holux Watch

    really cool! Very nice of you to give it to someone who can cherish it
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    Help identifying older watch

    what exactly are you trying to "identify" ??? seems like you already did. Is there something more specific you looking to find?
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    Elgin 554 Waterproof WWII

    i think i saw this on ebay. Its not worth anything except for the movement and case which does not belong together.
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    Deciphering Elgin A-11 Case back

    Correct movement should be a mil-spec grade Elgin 539 with nickel and black/blued screws, ratchet and crown wheel, and hairspring regulator. The serial number should start with a letter "T" Type A-11 Spec no. 94-27834 (military specification number - there a 94-27834 then there are also...
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    Curious on the base metal for this case

    nobody knows the exact content of the base metal, it is an alloy that could be a mixture of any combination of metals listed above. I would think zinc, copper, nickel would be the usual suspects though and possibly a 4th metal. I really wish a lab test could be done in order to know for sure but...
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    Trying to ID several men's watches

    -The triple date is most likely from the 50s possibly early 60s. I think if the crown is unsigned then its def. 50s. Crown does look original too so check that. Case back is just serial stamped so another indicator its from the 50s. This watch has some value and very appealing to collectors. The...
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    Provenance, Provenance, Provenance

    I have family in south jersey and there are a few vintage shops I go to and you are right prices are way too high for the watches being offered, and most of them are from 60s and up. MY passion is for WWI trench watches and WWII watches. I have never seen one for sale locally EVER. Next time...
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    Provenance, Provenance, Provenance

    Just wanted to revive this thread in light of the new waltham release....I have been going crazy trying to find an example of a box, any box for that matter. Adam just want to say you really lucked out with this one! Just wondering if you still have it? I realized that if you are a collector you...
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    Just Pre-Ordered my Watch Angels Waltham Field & Marine Watch

    Pricing was not bad on these! And they sold out quick! I wanted the matte green PVD configuration but it was gone. So i bought the last SS black dial....I wish they would have made a matte black dial with the vintage lume and PVD case though instead of a green in a 12hr configuration. I would...
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    Elgin 580

    no problem 8/0 staffs are a pain in the A$$
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    Watch strap help

    yea thats were i think its best suited, they are thin like the old school 60s Kreisler bands, but better quality
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    Watch strap help

    I can only find one piece prob bc its way too thin, i did find one example of a two piece on some site and its very thin maybe 3mm, usually I reinforce my bands with thin aluminum tubes used for model cars and planes for the spring bars. i guess its ok if it fits your style but if your looking...
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    Watch strap help

    i have seen that site before but all of that leather is very thin how is it suitable for use in making watch bands without an insert. Personally I always liked tooling leather for belt blanks for durability and Horween leather for comfort. Horween has good longevity as well as long as you dont...
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    Watch strap help

    I agree very pricey....I bought one for my Omega seamaster, so it made sense, wouldnt buy one for a seiko....I always felt like if your going to wear a luxury watch you should have a band to match. I hate when I see someone wearing a $15K Rolex GMT with a $20 nato. It cheapens the watch and...
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    Elgin 580

    you can buy balance complete, there is a guy listing some for a 532 which will match, and there def. are staffs listed as well you can search for any Elgin 5xx staff on ebay. Normally I just buy a running or good balance 554 or 555. they are quite cheap just as much as a balance. and i just swap...
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    Watch strap help uses reclaimed real leather his baseball glove bands are so cool. But he uses anything, ammo pouches, leather shoes, luggage, belts, etc. Quite pricey though but worth it to have one. I now started making my own bands, but finding good reclaimed leather is difficult and i see...

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Weekly News 7/7/19 by Tom McIntyre