How do te members feel about personalization on watch cases.................

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  1. Jon Hanson

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    removed or otherwise?

    I believe it is important NOT TO REMOVE any personalization as it adds character, history and some GOOD research. Plus, some intials and engraving is very beautful.

    Many a watch has had engraving removed POORLY ruining covers and thin curvettes.
     
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    Please note the very cool case made from chain inscribed as such on the curvette graciously pictured by Tom on another thread a few minutes ago.
     
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    #4 grtnev, Jun 18, 2009
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    I concur totally with John, I would never consider removing the personalization or engraving as it is a part of the history which is so much a part of every watch.

    As an example, a couple of Christmas' ago, my wife gave me an Elgin a 12s, model 3, grade 345 watch in a 14k case. The attached picture shows how this watch was personalized by "Dad and Mother" in 1916. It is a shame that, for whatever reason, this watch no longer resides with the family of the original owner. However, as long as it is in my care, the pocket watch will be left exactly as is, with the inscription: "From Dad and Mother 1916".

    Richard Thomas
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    I really like dedications. I even like some of my watches which just have initials. I would never take one off although I have decided not to buy a few watches because they had really ugly initials.

    Here is my favorite personalization. Thanks to Chapter 149 member Peter Stammler for the fine photos and for letting me make his beauty "Watch of the Month" on my site. I doubt Peter wants to take this dedication off.

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    Consider them your "ancestors by purchase'. I like to feel that I am doing such predecessors honour by keeping alive and loved what was once significant to them.

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    FOLKS die, watches get stolen, melted because of money needs, etc.:mad:
     
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    What about 'non period' dedications or engravings?
     
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    Terry...I don't like 'non period' dedications. Recently bought an uncommon watch from 1917, with a 1977 dedication. The case was period correct however, I do not know if it was original, as the watch had no papers. Crown had been replaced. I still have the case, but I prefer to house the watch in a display case.....Robert
     
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    In the past, I've known many collectors who frowned on personalized cases. Years ago, I also tended to shy aware from watches with engraved initials on the case.

    Over time however, my opinion has changed and if original - I don't mind tastefully executed initials or personalization on a case. In fact, I find cases with inscriptions on the dust cover and matching initials on the reverse quite interesting.
     
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    agreed, and beautiful!
     
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    I agree. I remember when inscripted watches were heavily frowned upon.

    The internet age changed all of that. A simple google search will often reveal who the owner was and his life story.

    Jeff
     
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    I have a few watches that have engravings/personalizations and would never think of attempting any removal. I wouldn't add engravings of my own nor do I frown on purchasing a watch that has them. The one that is especially one of my favorites is an Elgin grade 370 BWR 17J that was presented to a retiree from the Imperial Bank of Canada in 1911. It looks as though the person never wore it and somewhere down the line his heirs sold it. I have seen some butchered engravings that I would not touch with a 10 foot pole but for the most parts with or without it doesn't have an impact one way or the other.
     
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    Re: How do the members feel about personalization on watch cases.................

    Once dealers removed inscriptions, names, dates because retail buyers didn't like/would not buy them. This started in the 1980s through the early 90s.:mad:
     

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