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I just received this watch, it was a very pleasant surprise. 18 size Columbus circa 1894. Multicolor gold-filled case (green, white, yellow gold, rose gold), near mint condition overall.

I do not recognize the case maker mark - anyone out there know it? Looks like a B symbol, a crown, followed by a II mark. Underneath is "Warranted".

Thanks - J

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Greg Frauenhoff

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I just received this watch, it was a very pleasant surprise. 18 size Columbus circa 1894. Multicolor gold-filled case (green, white, yellow gold, rose gold), near mint condition overall.

I do not recognize the case maker mark - anyone out there know it? Looks like a B symbol, a crown, followed by a II mark. Underneath is "Warranted".

Thanks - J

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Muhr gold-filled case. Nice looking watch.
 
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Clint Geller

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I just received this watch, it was a very pleasant surprise. 18 size Columbus circa 1894. Multicolor gold-filled case (green, white, yellow gold, rose gold), near mint condition overall.

I do not recognize the case maker mark - anyone out there know it? Looks like a B symbol, a crown, followed by a II mark. Underneath is "Warranted".

Thanks - J

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I've seen that marking on several gold filled cases before. I'd like to know who that it is too.
 

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Well, here is a recent acquisition: open face American Watch Company grade Model 1872, SN 2,747,924, completed probably in 1886, with gold train, 21 ruby jewels in gold, screwed-down settings, Breguet hairspring, Fogg's pinion and cam regulator, and Gothic AWCo glass enamel dial. The margins of the winding wheels have the same subtle pattern of precisely executed radial lines as seen on the somewhat later 19 jewel AWCo grade Model 1888 production. On high grade Model 1872's, this decorative element is combined with other elements, usually some version of a braided rope pattern, such as on these wheels. The 14K gold case by the Courvoisier-Wilcox Mfg. Co., whose offices were on Maiden Lane in NYC, has two interesting features: it has an inner bezel, which carries the crystal, and which protects the dial when the outer bezel is raised to access the setting lever; and the case features a pattern of diamond-shaped facets all along the band, which extends onto the edges of the case lids. I acquired the movement and the case, which I believe previously housed an Amn grade Model 1872 movement, in separate transactions.

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I just received this Illinois Electric Railroad Standard. Until I saw this one I did not know Illinois made one like this. I have several versions of the Hamilton 974's. Of course as soon as I got it then I saw the Trolley Pocket Watch thread. This one is a 17 jewel 1926 Grade 305 Model 7 Serial # 4703523, and the case, a Dueber, was clearly used on another watch. For all I know it is a cobbled up watch. The dial is real nice with plum hands.
Bob

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Another antique store find (although same store I got my last one). Hampden Model 3 18s 11j circa 1885. Runs well and keeps good time however crystal is plastic obviously not original so I'm looking to replace it with the correct glass one. Star 10k gold-filled case.

Apologies for the bad cell phone pics I'm looking into getting a better camera with a macro lens.

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Hello Pmurphy, nice one!
That is a 15 jewel adjusted model 3 with a patent regulator. A nice watch movement. Grade 56.
Thanks, Rick!

Watch was listed at shop as a 7 jewel circa 1900 and I don't know where they come up with that info. It's a good runner so I took my chances on it.
 

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Time Exposure

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I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing this thread over the last couple days. Many special watches here, most of which prompted me to say to myself, "I like that one!" I have introduced myself on a few other threads as a new thread-posting member (after 22 years of being a NAWCC member!). I'll add my latest acquisition here instead of devoting it to an entire thread.

My latest was actually purchased (and received) the same day as the Elgin Veritas 23-jewel watch (which I posted in the "Favorite Elgin" thread). In keeping with an ever-changing focus, I obtained a second 23-jewel watch from my "want-list" of six). I get the sense it is a very common watch, but well-respected by collectors.

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Seller's dial photo. Not sure why I went through all the trouble of photographing the movements and cases on the Elgin and Hamilton, but didn't get a dial shot? Oh well, not like it's unique, but at least it's perfect condition!
 

Time Exposure

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I forgot this story from my pocket watch collecting days of 1986-1988. My Dad thought those pocket watches I was buying were really cool. So for his birthday I found one as a gift from my Mom.

He loved it, but I think it scared him a little bit. He had not wound a watch since the mid-1970s, and he knew he had to be careful with an antique. I might have scared him by telling him how to properly close a hunting case watch. So as much as he loved it, I don’t think he really enjoyed it, if that makes sense.

My daughter and I had a rare day off to spend with my parents. My dad brought me the pocket watch and said that he wanted me to have it. I remembered it was a 16-size, 19 jewel Waltham in a hunting case, but all the other details escaped me. It turned out to be a nice lever set Riverside Model 1899 from 1903, and I’m guessing by the 24 hour dial it was made for the Canadian market. The case is brassing on the bow but looks good elsewhere. Case made by Fortune, with no gold-filled “content” noted.

I did not want to give it a full wind up, but gave a short twist to the crown. It kept time for 40 minutes until the power reserve ran out. I don’t know the prior service history, but I know it has been 30-plus years since it was last serviced. I’ll have my watchmaker clean it up and get it back before summer...

You know what they say about watchmakers: good, cheap, quick-pick the two you want! (I picked good and cheap, and except for the wait I haven’t been disappointed yet!).

Here are some pictures I took last night.
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Now, my Shugart price guide is from 1995, and there’s no listing for a 16-size Model 1899 in a 19 jewel, lever -set hunting case configuration. But I’m fairly confident I don’t have a rare example. Or do I? :)
 

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Great find!



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Nice Bunn Special. They're beautiful watches. And Illinois had such a great selection of distinctive cases. The number 29 is one of my favorites. Come to think of it, most of the dedicated Bunn Special cases are favorites. The 206, 28, and 173 are great too. They're all great. Congrat's on your acquisition. Enjoy. Cheers.
 

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Model 1908 Waltham Riverside, #22328145, 19j, L/S, A5P, made in 1918.

I bought this late last December; the last watch I bought in 2021. The model 1908 were some of the first 16s 17j Walthams I bought when I first started collecting watches and I bought many before I shifted more to collection 18s watches. Years later, after filling out the 18s collection, I've started buying 16s 1908s again, particularly 17-19 jewel versions, as I already had the higher grade models in the collection. I also poke around for the very last of the Waltham pocket watches that came out of the factory with US made parts in 1953. My latest so far 1908 1623-Vanguard from 1952.

The watch (which is in great cosmetic and running condition) is housed in a DUEBER 20 yr. SB&B GF case (not original) with die engraved detail on back cover.


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Rich,

Exactly. It's why I enjoy looking for them. My best find was a model 1908 17j adjusted PSB movement with dial and hands, and all in excellent condition, for the princely sum of $36.50. I was surprised no one else bid on it and I figured a good dial and complete set of hands would be worth about the same. After bit of a clean, oil I regulated the watch and recorded it's positional errors. I ran it for 61 days and would wear it often, including going out for long walks. I checked the error in the evening and placed the watch in a position to offset the error during the night. When I started the watch's error was -6 sec. and after 61days the error was -6.9. Not bad for a parts movement.
 

okiejohn

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Just got this in from the auction house in Canada... a Longines "Express Leader", 19j 16s (SN 2973298), adjusted to 5 positions. It's in a GF Cashier "Extra" case, with worn monogram (I think, hard to tell) on the back. I usually don't get involved with Swiss/European watches, but the Montgomery dial was interesting to me...I had googled this model of watch and didn't see really any with labeled Monty dials. It's running like a banshee.

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but the Montgomery dial was interesting to me
We call these marginal minute dials. The Montgomery
dials are different.

Rob
 

okiejohn

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We call these marginal minute dials. The Montgomery
dials are different.

Rob
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As a novice I didn't realize there were different sub-styles...after studying some threads here, I guess it is NOT a Monty because its missing the 6 hour?
 
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Rodney Leon

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I usually don't get involved with Swiss/European watches, but the Montgomery dial was interesting to me...I had googled this model of watch and didn't see really any with labeled Monty dials. It's running like a banshee.
If you need more information on this watch you can contact Longines.com they have a History research division and can look up all the information they have on the movement. Have used them a couple of times they are very good to work with.
 

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I feel like I haven’t gotten a new pocket watch in a long time. Bumped into this fun piece — I couldn’t resist — and threw out a bargain price and it became mine. The original case was gone — but thankfully I have a white gold substitute.

Presenting a Tiffany signed dial and movement Waltham 14s Riverside A. It runs well — but needs a good clean and servicing.

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Just got this in from the auction house in Canada... a Longines "Express Leader", 19j 16s (SN 2973298), adjusted to 5 positions. It's in a GF Cashier "Extra" case, with worn monogram (I think, hard to tell) on the back. I usually don't get involved with Swiss/European watches, but the Montgomery dial was interesting to me...I had googled this model of watch and didn't see really any with labeled Monty dials. It's running like a banshee.

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okiejohn

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If you need more information on this watch you can contact Longines.com they have a History research division and can look up all the information they have on the movement. Have used them a couple of times they are very good to work with.
Thanks, Rodney. I had read that from other Longines watch owners when I was researching this watch prior to bidding. Sounds like the company is a class act when contacted by researchers!
 

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My watchmaker finished cleaning and servicing this recent acquisition for me today:

American Watch Company Grade Model 1872 movement SN 2,788,058. 21 ruby jewels in raised gold screwed down settings, gold train, Fogg's cam regulator, marked nonmagnetic double roller escapement, Gothic AWCo-signed glass enamel dial, 18K AWCo, engraved and engine turned hunting case (45 DWT net gold with springs and crystal removed). The handwritten factory records say this hundred lot was "undelivered," but then it says "Nov./88" afterwards on the same line.

Marked nonmagnetic AWCo grade Model 1872's seem to be pretty scarce. I have owned three examples, including SN 2,788,058, in my nearly 40 years of collecting, and I know of five others, though I'm sure there must be at least several more around. One of the other examples I owned was open face, and the third was a gold dome model with Am'n grade winding wheels that appears to have been finished considerably later than it was begun, which I understand was not uncommon with these high-grade movements. At least the gold dome model also had a double roller nonmagnetic escapement. Perhaps all the marked nonmag 21 jewel Model 1872's do, but I don't know.

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Rick Hufnagel helped me get the back off this one. As I said in my response to him, I don't like these snap-on cases. But otherwise, the Muckle a.k.a. Magic Watch Case is pretty interesting. There are other threads about this case. It was produced by the Northwestern Watch Company (later, the Rockford Watch Case Company) and mostly appears on Rockford watches, though apparently some Elgins as well. This is a Rockford Model 101 c. 1891, Serial Number 380422. IMG_1683.JPG IMG_1681.JPG IMG_1682.JPG IMG_1680.JPG IMG_1684.JPG IMG_1685.JPG
 

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