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    No sooner had I turned my computer off having had my questions on a gifted Howard pocket watch, answered than an old 'clock' friend turned up at my door and said " I saw your post on the Howard and did not now you were interested in pocket watches perhaps you would like this". It had apparently been in an old box for 45 years and he had forgotten about it. The front and the back are both screw fits. DSC02885.JPG DSC02886.JPG
    Well it seems to be a Waltham Vanguard watch in a nickel case, movement No. 16178184 and using the link that Steven Thornberry sent to me I have narrowed it down to 1907. Amazingly, I wound it up and it it ticking away, the first time since 1974 . Again looks quite a nice watch. Now I cannot decide which to wear ??
     
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    Criminy! No one ever comes to my door offering me 23 jewel watches. I have to use my hard(ly) earned money and buy my own. It ain't fair. Say it isn't so, Joe!
     
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    Friends and relatives come to my door with watches all the time! (But, only because they want them fixed for free...)
     
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    It was not totally free, he wants a pint in the local pub for it.
    Deal done :coolsign:
     
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    I'll give you a case of Newkie Brown for it.:D
     
  6. John Cote

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    The Vanguard is a better watch but it has some issues including the high probability that its dial and its hands are not original. However as a watch movement it is vastly superior.

    Now, here's the deal as far as which watch to wear...You said you were a clock collector. So...do you only have one clock? I think not. Soon, though you may shudder to think it, you will be a watch collector. You will develop the watch pox just as you did the clock pox. The answer is obviously that you will need to wear both of these watches and you will need MORE...& MORE.
     
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    As a recent watch "convert," I can only agree. The thing is, if you wear two watches, it's ok, maybe a bit lumpy. If you wear two clocks, however, your pants fall down, and you look silly. Why were you wearing clocks in the first place? I vote for the watches.
     
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    Hmmm, 7 Longcase Regulators,(maybe 8 if I get my act together) 8 longcase clocks, 5 skeleton clocks, 2 Viennas, 5 Bracket clocks, 9 Wall Clocks, 1 outside clocks , 2 Lantern clocks and 6 sundry clocks.
    If I start on watches and my wife finds out !!! :mallet:
     
  9. Fritz Katzenjammer

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    But watches a small and easier to hide...

    And when they notice it’s “oh this old thing, I’ve had this for a while”.
     
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    Keep Quiet, the walls have ears, that's what I say to my wife , "This old thing", "I have had this for a long time"
     
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    What devious people you are !! I am beginning to like it here................a lot!
     
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    It was only $25, dear!
     
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    12lb,

    Here are a few from the herd. The whole herd could probably be stored in the space one tall case clock takes up. I have about 7 or 8 clocks but I had to give up on the clock thing. They just take up too much room.

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    Wow John, that is impressive. Better change my password before my wife see this . My clocks would be toast!
     
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    I tell my wife I’m just buying time so i can be with her longer. Doesn’t work however , i still get ‘another watch really ‘ LoL
     
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    We haven't even started on "THE TOOLS" or the "SMALL" addition to the house :screwball:
     
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    and don't start either ! :excited:
     
  18. Fritz Katzenjammer

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    and $22 for the hands
    and $75 for the mint double sunk dial
    and $135 for the nice coin silver case
    and $120 for the service
    plus "parts"... $67

    Good thing there was a nice crystal in that case.

    AND Its a very good thing our spouses allow us to think they are that dumb.



    It does make you think twice before questioning that new dress though doesn't it!
     
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    Fortunately for me, my wife suffers from a similar affliction. She collects vintage and antique ladies compacts, many of which were made by the watch case manufacturers. So she understands how a collection can become an obsession/addiction. She's even given me many of my favorite time pieces as gifts!
     
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    It's always a hope she hasn't gone out to pick up the mail before I get home otherwise it's, "ANOTHER ONE, DON'T YOU HAVE ENOUGH?"
     
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    To late , l already had the room built and the tools my God the tools I have bought
     
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    Ditto on that one!
     
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    "Hey, stranger, is that a long case regulator in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"
     

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