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The "Dollar" watch, show me some of yours.

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You're welcome. Early and unusual dollar watches are my "friends". :)

I have no idea on the JW logo. Like you, I think it's probably a marketing or advertising piece, but have never seen that mark previously. Unfortunately, Townsend didn't list it as a name used on a dollar watch dial.

Edit: Was this a SOR find?
 
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Looks like I need to pencil that one into my book. Thanks, Steven!
 

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Thanks Steven,

Pat, Yes, it was a SOR Regional parking lot find,along with post 592,sorry you didn't make it, hope to see you at the National.
 
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Love that one being former Navy. Nice originial one. Have been after that one , a 30's Donald and a 33 mick....I (as you see in profile pix. got the 33 mickey),so far...one at a time. The 30's Popeye is a super one to have. I saw it in a 39 ad so i'll attach it.
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Thanks for attaching this!
Finally found an ad showing Ingersoll "Buck"
Now I can say that my watch is from the 30s. This ad shows watches with Popeye and Mickey Mouse designed dials which from what I searched these characters were initially becoming popular during these years.

Contrary to the pocketwatchdatabase result. It says my Ingersoll Buck is from is from 1900-1905. The site however indicated that their Ingersoll data may be not very accurate. 23E570E5-E29B-4BF4-B511-48AF15060DCB.jpeg 7805AAFB-37D4-411D-A6BC-91F1DB7AA468.jpeg 18C0D7B5-8BFF-453B-8888-1EABE0971395.jpeg 94C9B005-14B8-453B-AB09-499F458C8794.jpeg 9AE6CFDE-72D4-4AAE-AA86-85B0461A9644.jpeg
 

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Not sure what year this box is from, but it looks like your Buck could have come in a rather "eye-catching" box.:)

I don't have a Buck watch...yet, but did see a 1940 ad in the expanded version of (The Watch That Made the Dollar Famous by Townsend and Whitmer) where the Buck was retailing at $1 as indicated on the box.

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Not sure what year this box is from, but it looks like your Buck could have come in a rather "eye-catching" box.:)

I don't have a Buck watch...yet, but did see a 1940 ad in the expanded version of (The Watch That Made the Dollar Famous by Townsend and Whitmer) where the Buck was retailing at $1 as indicated on the box.

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Wow! Amazing!
Ingersoll is true to the tagline "the watch that made the dollar famous"

Thanks for posting this!
 
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Hey, I like the glo-ben. What's the date on that one? I'm curious
Hi there!
The Glo Ben is from 1926, the Pocket Ben is 1925.
The Glo Ben is unique. when you pop open the back, You'll then need to unscrew inside , then snap open the bezel so the movement comes out in front there you can see the date stamp.
I tried opened it once to oil it but I forgot to take a picture. Then I learned about the potential risk of the radioactive dial, I never opened it again...

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Hi there!

I have two of this model too! The good thing about Ingersoll is that you can find so many old ads about their watches! And maybe because I think the company coined the term "Dollar Watch". In my observation, it's the only company then that is calling these watches dollar watch.

And look how Ingersoll today tried to revive their old designs... the wristwatch is Quartz though. But the watch dial looks very much like their old Radiolites.

I found the ads somewhere here in NAWCC and some from eBay.

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And look how Ingersoll today tried to revive their old designs... the wristwatch is Quartz though. But the watch dial looks very much like their old Radiolites.
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I love my modern interpretation of an Ingersoll!

Here it is next to a much smaller original one. I did get it running, although not very well.. so much more work to do.
 

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I love my modern interpretation of an Ingersoll!

Here it is next to a much smaller original one. I did get it running, although not very well.. so much more work to do.
Hi there!

Wow! My case is opposite of yours. When I bought my modern Ingersoll it made me curious about old Ingersoll watches until I found myself addicted to dollar watches.

My first dollar watches are Westclox. Because they are cheap and easy to find. Then I sold these to buy new ones; then sold again to buy more! EBay is a pocket watch heaven.

Now started with my Ingraham collections...

My first dollar watches Westclox Scotty 1953 and 1977
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My Pocket watches most are Dollar watches.
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‍My first E. Ingraham. The Sentinel Click. The second hand is what captivated me.
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Nice! The layout and regulator remind me of pictures I’ve seen of a watch by E.H. Flint (but that is just a coincidence!) I like those ‘kids with a hammer’ boxes too. I have one with a label over the original for an Ingraham Pathfinder. -Cort
 

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Hi there!

I have two of this model too! The good thing about Ingersoll is that you can find so many old ads about their watches! And maybe because I think the company coined the term "Dollar Watch". In my observation, it's the only company then that is calling these watches dollar watch.

And look how Ingersoll today tried to revive their old designs... the wristwatch is Quartz though. But the watch dial looks very much like their old Radiolites.

I found the ads somewhere here in NAWCC and some from eBay.

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Thanks for sharing your Ingersoll watches and ads! With today's increased knowledge about radium, it's always surprising to see how these watches were targeted for all ages, including children.

And many folks may not realize that watches/alarm clocks weren't the only place where Ingersoll utilized this wonderful glow-in-the-dark material as seen in the last ad. You can also find online references to this use in period publications.

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Thanks for sharing your Ingersoll watches and ads! With today's increased knowledge about radium, it's always surprising to see how these watches were targeted for all ages, including children.

And many folks may not realize that watches/alarm clocks weren't the only place where Ingersoll utilized this wonderful glow-in-the-dark material as seen in the last ad. You can also find online references to this use in period publications.

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Hi there!

I agree with you! People then seems unaware of the risks of radiation.

There was actually an Ingersoll ad encouraging people to place it under their pillow...
 

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Next thing you know, you'll also be looking to buy store displays, period advertising pieces, etc. It's a great hobby!!
 
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Not sure what year this box is from, but it looks like your Buck could have come in a rather "eye-catching" box.:)

I don't have a Buck watch...yet, but did see a 1940 ad in the expanded version of (The Watch That Made the Dollar Famous by Townsend and Whitmer) where the Buck was retailing at $1 as indicated on the box.

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Pat,
The Ingersoll Buck box I have is like yours and the Ingersoll Buck watch that was in it when I acquired it has a serial number of 6102859. According to the Townsend Dollar Watch book approximate production dates, it puts my watch at 1900-1901.
I have another similar Buck watch in an older style case with serial number F0072273 that I don't know how to date.

My oldest Ingersoll Buck is in a wood display case with a label that reads:
THE FAMOUS DOLLAR WATCH BY INGERSOLL
ABOUT 1900-1920-COST $1 GUARANTEED 1 YEAR
The serial number on this Ingersoll Buck is 1546191 which dates it at 1895-1896.

Nico22,
Your Ingersoll Buck is like the one in my display case and yours has serial number 2267051 and dates 1896-1897.

Dave

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Pat,
The Ingersoll Buck box I have is like yours and the Ingersoll Buck watch that was in it when I acquired it has a serial number of 6102859. According to the Townsend Dollar Watch book approximate production dates, it puts my watch at 1900-1901.
I have another similar Buck watch in an older style case with serial number F0072273 that I don't know how to date.

My oldest Ingersoll Buck is in a wood display case with a label that reads:
THE FAMOUS DOLLAR WATCH BY INGERSOLL
ABOUT 1900-1920-COST $1 GUARANTEED 1 YEAR
The serial number on this Ingersoll Buck is 1546191 which dates it at 1895-1896.

Nico22,
Your Ingersoll Buck is like the one in my display case and yours has serial number 2267051 and dates 1896-1897.

Dave

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Hi there Dave!

Thanks for showing this! I think I have seen a reference table indicating the Ingersoll manufacture date base from serial numbers. Have you seen this reference table too? I also checked the pocketwatch.com site and it says mine is from 1900-1905. However I am skeptic about this.

If you notice our Ingersoll "Buck" don't have stem, just the crown. I usually find this type of dollar watch from 1930s and later. Until I found this ad which I believe indeed is from 30s.

However, it will even be more fascinating to know if this model truly is from late 19th century!

Nico

 
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The Radiolite is a classic .. but that Yankee is great!

According to the Townsend book, it's around 1895. There is a sketch of the movement also.. plate #27

Karl, If you enjoy dollar watches the book is a valuable tool! I have been enjoying it for a little while now.

"The Watch That Made the Dollar Famous, Encyclopedia of Dollar Watches" by George E Townsend.
 
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Hello there fellow Dollar watch collectors!

I finally found someone here in Manila who can make me a wristlet. Amazing! Now I can wear my dollar watches!

I am inspired by the woman in the picture. She's one of the American school teachers sent by the US gov't to my country the Philippines in 1901. They took an important role in establishing public school system in the Philippines. They are known to us as the "Thomasites" named after USAT Thomas that transported batch of teachers. Last August 21 is the 120th anniversary of their arrival in the Philippines.
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Hi there fellow collectors!
I have one that has "Jerome" written on the dial and on the back cover "New Haven" can you tell me more about this watch? I can't seem to find info online there are ads about new haven but can't find this model...
I was fascinated by this watch when Saw it and I bought it...

 

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nico.
It is listed in the Price Guide so it was one of their regular models.

The plates are double allowing the pivots holes to look sunk, a higher grade "Dollar" watch which lasted much longer than the cheaper models where they just punch a hole in a single plate for the pivots.
 
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Tran Duy Ly's book "New Haven Clocks & Watches" (pages 484 and 485) pictures the Jerome (as well as two other size 16 watches - Yale and Ranger, along with the size 0 Lady Clare) from 1911 catalogs. From 1913, he includes pictures of the size 0 Lady Clare along with size 16 watches: Elm City, Ranger, Jerome, Elite and Gem. In 1911, the Jerome ranged in price from $1.70 list for nickel finish to $1.85 gilt or gun metal finish, to $2.45 for 14 Karat gold plate. Only the nickel finish for $1.70 is shown in the 1913 catalog picture, as well as a note that gilt or gun metal finish was $.15 and 14 Karat gold plate finish was $.75. This aligns with the 1911 pricing.
page 494 of the book pictures case backs for the 1913 watches - your back was listed as option K for Elm City and Gem, but that's not to say that the case was not used for the Jerome model at some point.

Nice find on a good-looking, running watch!
 
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nico.
It is listed in the Price Guide so it was one of their regular models.

The plates are double allowing the pivots holes to look sunk, a higher grade "Dollar" watch which lasted much longer than the cheaper models where they just punch a hole in a single plate for the pivots.
Tran Duy Ly's book "New Haven Clocks & Watches" (pages 484 and 485) pictures the Jerome (as well as two other size 16 watches - Yale and Ranger, along with the size 0 Lady Clare) from 1911 catalogs. From 1913, he includes pictures of the size 0 Lady Clare along with size 16 watches: Elm City, Ranger, Jerome, Elite and Gem. In 1911, the Jerome ranged in price from $1.70 list for nickel finish to $1.85 gilt or gun metal finish, to $2.45 for 14 Karat gold plate. Only the nickel finish for $1.70 is shown in the 1913 catalog picture, as well as a note that gilt or gun metal finish was $.15 and 14 Karat gold plate finish was $.75. This aligns with the 1911 pricing.
page 494 of the book pictures case backs for the 1913 watches - your back was listed as option K for Elm City and Gem, but that's not to say that the case was not used for the Jerome model at some point.

Nice find on a good-looking, running watch!
Hi there!
Jim and PatH,

Your feedback are truly helpful! Information like these makes me more interested in collecting these watches...

Thanks!
 

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Nice, and it looks to be in great shape as well.

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Your collection is growing nicely, Nico. Congratulations on your latest find!

While you're looking for early Yankee models, you can also keep an eye out for items that incorporate Yankee watches, like this spring-loaded desk paper clip from Paterson, Boardman and Knapp who were paint industry suppliers in the 1910s and '20s.

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Here You Go ,,,,Notice,,,only "Pocket Ben" on the face!!
"Westclox" was added in 1917',,correct??
I have not seen one of these yet,,or a picture of one?? Mine is in NOS condition,,
Please let me know what you think.?
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Hello fellows,,,
Here is one i forgot i had in my collection of Dollar Watches,(about 25 or so). I think it is a Dollar Watch?
It is a 1929 E. Ingraham "Bristol". It is keeping perfect time,,(for about 10 days, rewinding every 2 days) !!
Please let me know any of your thoughts.
B&O Ret Railroader,,,,Eric

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Hello fellows,,,
Here is one i forgot i had in my collection of Dollar Watches,(about 25 or so). I think it is a Dollar Watch?
It is a 1929 E. Ingraham "Bristol". It is keeping perfect time,,(for about 10 days, rewinding every 2 days) !!
Please let me know any of your thoughts.
B&O Ret Railroader,,,,Eric

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Yes, it would be considered a dollar watch. I have one, myself, from 1922. Seen here:

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