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There seems to be increasing interest in the so called "Art Deco" wristies from the first part of the 20th century. Way back when I started collecting people were wearing these and the prices were decent. Then bigger and rounder watches came into vogue and these became much less popular. Now there are social media groups set up to show these off and you sometimes see them on wrists again.

Anyway, here are Rose and Stella...the Bulova sisters.

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It would be great to see additional examples of Art Deco style wrist watches. Not only are the watches great, the artwork in the Deco era ads is amazing, too.
 

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I looked through a bunch of drawers to see if I had a junk movement like this from which you might salvage a pallet fork...but alas no luck.
 

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I really love this design, it is called "Piping Rock", correct
Bernhard, it is like a Piping Rock but a Piping Rock is slightly different and is a Hamilton. This is a picture of a Piping Rock which I unfortunately sold a few years ago...

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Not to derail the art deco thread, but rather to add a little background about watches during this period.... From what I've read, Piping Rock has been produced during a couple of different time frames, with different movements. IIRC, the first was late 20s-early 30s, so definitely art deco era. When reading Hamilton's Timely Topics employee newsletter (available to NAWCC members here ), as well as other period publications, I find it interesting to see how many Hamilton watches were awarded to sports teams to celebrate their achievements through the years - some well-known, many not so much. Here's one well-known example from Hodinkee.
 

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I think this really has the Art Deco flavor, but preceded the identified era by several years. This has a 10-ligne Waltham movement in a ca. 1911 gold and enamel case.
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Hi what period do you think this watch may be? earlier than the 1920's? as in my opinion this is so American Art deco and if it is earlier it would make it pretty special in the Art Deco movement, i deal in Art Deco furniture myself for around 15 years and have a bit of an obsession with it, the earliest full art deco item i have found is 1919 and French where it all started, you can see my everchanging collection of art deco furniture here
 

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TobyT - as noted, my wristwatch is from about 1911. The case was made for Waltham by H.W. Matalene who, I believe, was a pioneer in the Art Deco movement in the U.S.
For more Art Deco watches check out this thread - https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/art-deco-pocket-watches.171644
I show a few more of Matalene's cases in post #6 of that thread.
 

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Inspired by an article on the Gruen Falcon wristwatch and a relative's 1927 Illinois wristwatch, I got this 1936 Elgin in early 2018:
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I don't know a model name for it. The movement is grade 524, 17 jewels, with no decorations.
 

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Here are photos of the above-mentioned 1927 Illinois:

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It has 15 jewels and a 14K white gold-filled Keystone case. Note the too-wide 18 mm Kaufmann / Sellier replacement strap between the 16 mm lugs. The watch appears on p. 865 of the 2011 Complete Price Guide to Watches No. 31.
 

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Did anyone collect the cream of the crop Art Deco watches back then?

Like the 1920s platinum Breguet wristwatches and John Schaeffer Audemars Piguets? Haas Neveux/Niton jump hour wristwatches?
 

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Did anyone collect the cream of the crop Art Deco watches back then?

Like the 1920s platinum Breguet wristwatches and John Schaeffer Audemars Piguets? Haas Neveux/Niton jump hour wristwatches?
I think some smart and astute folk did. Don't forget Cartier which is so hot right now that you can't touch them.
 
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A good thread of fun to wear watches.

Here is a 14kt solid gold Glycine and a 10 kt gold filled Bulova to add to the watches featured in this thread.

I'm guessing that the Glycine is late 1940s and the Bulova is early 1950s.
 

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