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  1. Clint Geller

    What if people were described like timepieces

    I was musing today on descriptions of watches or parts thereof that could be applied to people: "slightly cracked, but still functional" "has a few loose screws" "crazed" "good only for parts" "all wound up, but won't work" "ticked when shaken" "recently serviced" "needs TLC" "wobbly...
  2. Clint Geller

    The one accomplishment of which I am the most proud - a wonderful daughter.

    I seem to have done at least one thing right in my life. Well, maybe two, if you count asking my wife Maria to marry me. Our daughter Anne just submitted her PhD dissertation to her committee in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Louisville. I will show only the...
  3. Clint Geller

    E. Howard & Company

    Overview: This sticky thread was created to collect the most useful information sources for collectors of E. Howard & Co. (EH&Co) pocket watches in one place, including attached articles, internal links to NAWCC Bulletin articles, other NAWCC Message Board threads and our own EH&Co Encyclopedia...
  4. Clint Geller

    E. Howard & Co. threads

    Overview: This sticky thread was created to collect the most useful information sources for collectors of E. Howard & Co. (EH&Co) pocket watches in one place, including attached articles, internal links to NAWCC Bulletin articles, other NAWCC Message Board threads and our own EH&Co Encyclopedia...
  5. Clint Geller

    Rare experimental free-sprung Waltham Model 1859 prototype movement

    The Waltham Precision Instrument Company was mentioned on another recent thread. An interesting side note to the history discussed there is.... , according to my understanding, sometime around the early 1990's, a safe was opened on the former premises of the Waltham Precision Instruments Company...
  6. Clint Geller

    Other Wanted: Watches with American Civil War Documented Provenances, & also any American Watch Co. Grade material

    Leading researcher, author and collector in the field of American Civil War related timepieces is seeking watches, both American and foreign, with provenances linking them to Civil War combatants to add to his collection. These primarily would be watches with engraved presentations and/or other...
  7. Clint Geller

    A Civil War Horological Vignette

    On page 297 of the fourth volume of his definitive five-volume work on the Overland Campaign of May-June, 1864, "Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864," historian Gordon C. Rhea describes the fighting near Bethesda Church on June 2, 1864. It was an intense battle between Union and...
  8. Clint Geller

    And Now for Something Completely Different

    I thought the folks here might be able to use the comic relief: Monty Python Clock Smuggler - Bing video (Sorry, I couldn't find the version with the actual actors on line. I have that only on a DVD. But it works nevertheless.)
  9. Clint Geller

    The Waltham Models 1860 and 1862: Toward Correcting an Old, Deeply Ingrained Conceptual Mistake

    Contemporary watch collectors have long interpreted the Waltham trade literature to mean that all 20 Size keywind (20KW) movements were intended to be designated as the "Model 1862," and all 16 size keywind (16KW) movements were intended to be designated as the "Model 1860." Modern collectors...
  10. Clint Geller

    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    I can get the ball rolling. My latest addition is American Watch Company Grade 19 Jewel Model 1859 Movement SN 40,126 with Fitts's patented reversing center pinion and double sunk dial, in what I believe to be the original gold hunting case, marked "T.B.B." This movement was finished in November...
  11. Clint Geller

    20 jewel, 20 Size Waltham

    Here is an interesting Waltham 20 Size keywind of the American Watch Company grade exhibiting both of Waltham's novel patented features of the time: Stratton's protective mainspring barrel and Fogg's vibrating hairspring stud (a form of regulator). I believe the intent of Fogg's invention was to...
  12. Clint Geller

    The J&H Auction Today

    I thought I'd get the ball rolling. Let me begin by pointing out that I was not there; I followed the action on-line, so I don't know who was in the room or what they were bidding on. Only one of my own three bids was successful. So I guess I am officially "collecting" pocket chronometers now...
  13. Clint Geller

    Link to Civil War Watch Exhibit and Seminar on the American Watches Forum

    The upcoming NAWCC publication, exhibit and seminar focusing on timepieces of the American Civil War should be of interest to European watch collectors as well as to American watch collectors, both because most of the watches carried in that conflict were European, and because over half a...
  14. Clint Geller

    "Timeless Testaments" Civil War Watch Exhibit & Seminar in Columbia

    I decided to start a new thread for this, so the important announcements and links are not buried several posts deep in an old thread. The special six-month exhibit: "Timeless Testaments: Civil War Watches and the Men Who Carried Them," will open at the NAWCC Museum in Columbia on Saturday July...
  15. Clint Geller

    "Timeless Testaments" Civil War Watch Exhibit & Seminar in Columbia

    536032 I decided to start a new thread for this, so the important announcements and links are not buried several posts deep in an old thread. The special six-month exhibit: "Timeless Testaments: Civil War Watches and the Men Who Carried Them," will open at the NAWCC Museum in Columbia on...
  16. Clint Geller

    Bought a New Camera

    Well, my old Nikon D100 has just been retired after 18 years of use. I just replaced it with a new Nikon D850, which takes me from 8 Mexapixels up to 45.7 Megapixels. The sensor and color density, and other related software are also much improved. So I shot these pix with my new camera, my same...
  17. Clint Geller

    What theoretical advantage, if any, does a duo-in-uno hairspring possess over a helical hairspring?

    I am curious. Greater ease of positional adjustment? More isochronous? Something else? What justified the added effort?
  18. Clint Geller

    R.I.P. Carl Berringer Goetz (February 18, 1931 to January 17, 2019)

    Carl Goetz, who passed away on January 19, 2019, was a long time member of the American watch collecting community. He had a special love of Wathams, and in particular, Model 72's, chronographs and Model 99 bridge models. I never knew him as well as I would have liked, but I knew him quite well...
  19. Clint Geller

    A Question for the RR Watch Collectors

    How important is provenance to you? To make the question more concrete, imagine that you are presented with opportunities to acquire one of two desirable "railroad watches" that are otherwise nominally identical, except that one has documentation indicating that it was owned and probably used...
  20. Clint Geller

    Watch Presented to Brigadier General William J Palmer, 15th PA Cavalry

    Very seldom does one come across a single watch with a provenance of a prominent personality whose career touched so many different significant strands of history: the American Civil War, American and even Mexican Railroad history, and the history of the American West. I acquired the lovely...

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