Stuff I find in boxes rusting away in my shed.

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Do you think I could fit those to my 18s Elgin carry watch:???: Haha.

I'll bet you a dollar I still can't get the cage to close properly without an obscene amount of frustration.

On a serious note those are pretty neat, can you take a shot of the opposite side??
 

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Great historical stuff, and I'm sure there are collectors that would love to have it. No chucking yet. :)
 

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Well doesn’t that beat all? I have an old friend who is a plasterer and he dropped in to see me today. I happened to have tipped out a pile of watches from various boxes of watches that nobody had ever picked up.
He was idly scanning them and as many still had their tickets attached, he picked one up and he said, "I bet I know who owns this watch" and turned the ticket over, saw the address and said, “Yes that’s my old missus. Had three kids with her”.
I looked and said but you never married?
"Nope".
I said "it is probably your watch then"?
He said "Blowed if I know, that was ages ago".
I said, anything written on the back? Because we engraved every watch we sold for free.
He said, “well I’ll be! It is engraved to Vic with love Dianne, 1976”.
To which I replied well if you want it back, go and tell her she owes me $27.50 from 1982 when she told me to go ahead and fix it.
I gave it a couple of winds and away it went. Has kept accurate time for the past 4 hours since. I'm sure I'll have to service it again though.
Citizen automatic.

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Rummaging around in old boxes can somethines be rewarding? Apart from the two old gold Rolexes posted here, there was also this Urania Pocket watch. Probably worth fixing if I can investigate what is broken in there. Definitely needs a B/S.

There was also a Seiko 5606 Lord-Matic. I still haven't got to the bottom of the box yet.

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Dang, you have better junk boxes than I do. All I ever seem to find is old Corvair parts and mouse poop.
 

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Dang, you have better junk boxes than I do. All I ever seem to find is old Corvair parts and mouse poop.
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I also found a 9ct Rolex Tudor among other quite serviceable watches. Maybe I should list it all so that when it comes to the point of me being deceased, the kids can know what is worth keeping and what is not?
In relation to the Urania PW above. I'll need to ask how he worked it out but Kev had written on the ticket "case about 1880" on the ticket. 800 is German or Swiss silver I'd reckon.

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Then there was this.


Thomas Gaunt & Co. (Melbourne, Australia), late 19th century manufacturer and retailer of jewellery, clocks, watches and decorative items

Thomas Gaunt (1829-1890) was born in London and arrived in Melbourne as a trained clockmaker and optician about 1856. He opened a business at the top of Bourke Street and as well as making and retailing clocks and watches, sold clocks, jewellery and silver.

In about 1870 he moved his business to a corner shop in the Royal Arcade.

He was the official timekeeper for the Victorian Racing Club and occupied the judge's box, although he had no interest in horseracing. He donated a chronometer to the VRC which displayed the time of a race to an accuracy of .25 of a second. Through his timing duties he was able to build up a large clientele from the racing fraternity.

He had strong religous beliefs and connection to the Catholic Church, and supplied much of the church's ecclesiastical plate. On his death it was noted that 2 of his 4 daughters were with the church as nuns.

He made many of the clocks in Melbourne's public buildings, including those for the Melbourne Post office lobby, and the Hotham and Emerald Hill town halls, the latter for which he won an award at the 1880-81 Melbourne International Exhibition. Thomas Gaunt died in 1890 and his executors continued the business after his death. In 1893 the name of the business was changed to T. Gaunt & Co.

In a supplement to "The Argus" newspaper in Melbourne in 1837 it was noted the business was still operating; the date it closed is not known.

Apparently he made a lot of instruments as well

Marion's great great grandfather...

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This watch is a runner. I'll service it and keep it in the collection which I'll label things that are worth doing something with. My daughter has done lots of conservancy work including with the Smithsonian. I'm sure that even if I'm dead, she'll be able to read the instructions.

There will be a pile of what I call junk watches outside my door for anyone who wants to pick them up in the very near future. A big pile.
 

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Then there was this.


Thomas Gaunt & Co. (Melbourne, Australia), late 19th century manufacturer and retailer of jewellery, clocks, watches and decorative items

Thomas Gaunt (1829-1890) was born in London and arrived in Melbourne as a trained clockmaker and optician about 1856. He opened a business at the top of Bourke Street and as well as making and retailing clocks and watches, sold clocks, jewellery and silver.

In about 1870 he moved his business to a corner shop in the Royal Arcade.

He was the official timekeeper for the Victorian Racing Club and occupied the judge's box, although he had no interest in horseracing. He donated a chronometer to the VRC which displayed the time of a race to an accuracy of .25 of a second. Through his timing duties he was able to build up a large clientele from the racing fraternity.

He had strong religous beliefs and connection to the Catholic Church, and supplied much of the church's ecclesiastical plate. On his death it was noted that 2 of his 4 daughters were with the church as nuns.

He made many of the clocks in Melbourne's public buildings, including those for the Melbourne Post office lobby, and the Hotham and Emerald Hill town halls, the latter for which he won an award at the 1880-81 Melbourne International Exhibition. Thomas Gaunt died in 1890 and his executors continued the business after his death. In 1893 the name of the business was changed to T. Gaunt & Co.

In a supplement to "The Argus" newspaper in Melbourne in 1837 it was noted the business was still operating; the date it closed is not known.
For anyone interested in Gaunt or other clockmakers in Victoria, Judy Hose published the book "Clockmakers and watchmakers operating in the State of Victoria from Settlement to Federation". This has a few more details on Gaunt
 
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Wow roughbarked --you have amassed some really cool "stuff" over the years.
I'm not sure even you know what all you have at this point--lol.
 

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When the shop I'd worked in closed down, after everyone else had picked the eyes out of it, I was given the remainder to take to the rubbish dump. I couldn't do that before I had a look through it all. Though what I'm going to do with things like gold stamping machines is at the moment, beyond me.
 
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What a chore, but it looks like you have found some watches that are definitely worth saving! Rather than tossing the cheap stuff, you might be surprised how many people would likely take it off your hands to "repurpose." No, the watches wouldn't be saved, but neither would the landfill be burdened with the remains.
 

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What a chore, but it looks like you have found some watches that are definitely worth saving! Rather than tossing the cheap stuff, you might be surprised how many people would likely take it off your hands to "repurpose." No, the watches wouldn't be saved, but neither would the landfill be burdened with the remains.
If I hear someone say "steampunk" one more time, I'm going for the jugular.
 
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My apologies. I certainly didn't intend to offend anyone.
 

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Moving on. Today I emptied that big bucket of watches, seeking things that had batteries in to be removed. Along the way I found a few things that were overlooked by those whom came before me. By this I do mean that the old stock of uncollected watches had all been well picked over before I was allowed my share of the rubbish.
Here's one; 9ct Omega. With a rather sad dial side.

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Everything about all this is sad.
I was born and raised and did my apprenticeship all in the same rural town. I know or have known many of the peopele to whom these watches once belonged. So many have passed and left their belongings behind. There is no tow bar on the hearse.
Then there's this 14ct swiss cylinder. P8125319.JPG

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I really don't want to know what to make of this monstrosity. P8125336.JPG
 
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Sadly many of the photos I took are of low light quality.
I see several Cyma, Civitas(Moeris) Roamer, Tissot, Omega, Rolex Tudors and many watch brands. I actually have a Cyma that is engraved on the back:
Loan watch. ie: a watch engraved on the back as: to wear while your watch is being serviced. Wait, I will show a photograph of that. ... later.
Meanwhile, here is the watch.

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What year is this one from, and what kind of band would it have come with? Thanks for continuing to share your finds.
 

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Every time I look, more stuff falls out.
I've found three accutrons and this one has what I always thought was the best band I'd ever seen. Made by Roamer, entirely flexible and strong, most comfortable to wear. Only problem was, no safety if the clip got caught on something. Once lost a Seiko bellmatic in a peach orchard for a couple of years because that very thing happened to the same roamer band I had on it.

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This FEF 350/380-2 Ranfft's images show different plates but the 380-2 is the one with the date function. This clearly has 21 jewels.
Again, an Algex. I have to take the balance out to ascertain the exact caliber and I'm not doing that today.

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I have a number of Unicorn branded watches which I believe, like Tudor, were cheaper lines from under the Rolex roof.
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I'm building up quite a collection of Oris. Each time I poke around, there always seems to be another Oris or two. I do have a soft spot for them, having serviced quite a few in my time. They were the only pin pallet watch the shop would allow for servicing. They always went well with an overhaul, providing you got away with not damaging the hairspring.

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