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Rodney Leon

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I know there are different names on the cases. I don’t Know, all the cases made but maybe we will have some here. This is one to start it off, my Illinois marked glass back case, with an Illinois Bunn Special, Model: 11, Year, 1922. 23 jewel.

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Can anyone explain this case?
It's a jewelers/watchmakers homemade case.

Here is another one in a swing out case(not factory made) BWR
as a sidewinder in this one as well. I bought this one cased this way and never changed it.


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Can anyone explain this case?

It's much more substantial than any others I have, both bezels are hinged. Heavy thick glass.

I've not seen another like it. Hope someone has an idea.

BW Raymond stemwinder lives in it.

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Rick,

Your case looks genuine. I've seen a few over the years.

There are, as Rob mentioned, modern "home made" display cases, but yours isn't one of them.

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In the 1980s (as I recall) Paul Graehling (sp?) bought some of the Star Watch Case Co. dies, etc., and produced some brand new cases. Many were display cases (since they are screw on back and bezel it's a really trivial thing to do...just make twice as many bezels). Anyway, here's one such case with an Aurora in it.

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Your case looks genuine. I've seen a few over the years.
Do you have some advertising for these(I'm not 100% convinced)?
Is the case marked for a maker in a different place other than the back lid of the
watch?
It does have a reflector abound the crystal though



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Do you have some advertising for these(I'm not 100% convinced)?
Is the case marked for a maker in a different place other than the back lid of the
watch?
It does have a reflector abound the crystal though



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Rob,

The width of the reflector should be proof enough. You can't cut the back off a regular case and create this feature (easily). Also, there's no evidence of a dust cover ever being present. This point isn't definitive since some hinged back cases lack this, but the great majority of such cases do. And the few I've seen like Rick's didn't have evidence of such. The hinges are not off-set. Again, not definitive but definitely not the norm for regular cases.

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I'm not 100% convinced
Rob,
Im Pretty sure there's nothing home made about it. It looks legit. The bezels are both the exactly the same. There's no extra hinge in the back where a dust cap would have been. It's a nice case. (For a nickel case)
 

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Thanks Cort, it is one that gets taken out for the day in the vest quite often and is a good timekeeper. I like that it can be shown off to people who ask about what is the chain without having to break a fingernail prying open the back.
 

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Here a a few of my Walthams. I find Waltham display cases particularly useful for movements that have lost their original cases and for which no replacement would be appropriate, such as the Waltham-Howard. Here are three 16-size watches, in Waltham skeleton cases, from the front -
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... and the movement sides. The grade 636 is an uncommon 17j model, lever set with gilt trim and lettering and marked “DOUBLE ROLLER” and “Adjusted to Temperature and Four Positions”. The 23j bridge model, in a later style Waltham skeleton case, is probably an employee's watch made from refinished bridges from several movements and Maximus grade materials. The Waltham-Howard would have originally been in a gold Keystone case for Howard. (I apologize for the less than optimum images through the rear glass).
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Three smaller watches, in unmarked cases, front view - a 12-size and two 0-size -
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... and the movement sides. The private label movement for Bigelow Kennard & Co. is a 16-jewel Lady Waltham grade and would have come in a gold case marked for BK&Co. (Again, sorry for the slightly degraded images through glass).
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First one is cheating because I got lucky and found a bezel in a mart junk box that fits a bunch of cases like this... But it's a really pretty model 83 Waltham. Usually has the original back on it, but this movement begs to be shown off!

It came with me to my sisters house yesterday.

*(No usable cases were harmed in the making of this photo).

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Here is a Hampden Railway. It came in that case, and will stay there as long as I own it.

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My only saleman case, but I may be looking for another soon for some loose movements, a recent thread mentioned some that might even fit an early Howard series II or III..
But this one is a 1911 Ball-Hamilton Official Railroad 999H. I need new pics, its actually a nice shiny nickel-chrome case. Heavy and very railroady.

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Thanks Rob, there are a lot of them it is a neat post. It looks like the Charles Stark is one of the few with the numbers on top not below. They show two in the post.
Neat observation. It seems like many of the earlier 24 hr dials have the 13-24 track on the outside of the 1-12 track whereas later this is generally the reverse.
 

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I thought I would show this Rockford (Model 5) in a recent 'STAR' display case since there has been some discussion about the 1970s production of these cases from The Star Watch Case Co. dies. This one is stamped 'Star RGP' (not sure of the RGP and don't have the watch handy to confirm) that can be seen, somewhat, at the base. Unfortunately, I do not have a better pic available to show but you should be able to get the idea.
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On a whim I bought one of the new display cases made by, Classic Watch Case Co., USA. That way I would not destroy a Bunn case to make a display case. I always liked the Hamilton Model 2, it is one of the Hamilton cases I like the best. Along with the Crossbar, model 10, model 11, model A . (Oh well they are all nice.) This new case is based on the Model 2 as you can see in the photo. I was very pleased with the stainless steel quality and workmanship. So may get another. This is a 60 hour Bunn Special, model 14.

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Here's my collection. The first two are signed; a Waltham housing my 16s 23j Riv Max, the other is a Hamilton, hard to see the name on the bezel, but it's there, with my only 992. The next 2 pics are of my '92 Crescent St. conversion dial. Then comes my '83...wanna trade Rick? Finally another '83, this one's a Crescent St with a different regulator in a swingout case.

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