What 40 year time period does the majority of your pocket watch collection fall into

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  1. musicguy

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    What 40 year time period does your pocket watch collection fall into
    (or pick your own time period) and why if you want to add.

    For me, it's 1880-1920's (plus or minus 5 on either side)


    Rob
     
  2. Dave Coatsworth

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    I collect mostly Illinois model 1, 2, and 3 18-size. So, 1872 to around 1886.
     
  3. SHBKF

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    A perfect question for my data sheet to answer. Dates as best I am able to ascertain are as follows

    1882 earliest year of production
    1923 median year of production
    1962 latest year of production
    4 1880 thru 1889
    3 1890 thru 1899
    8 1900 thru 1909
    13 1910 thru 1919
    18 1920 thru 1929
    2 1930 thru 1939
    6 1940 thru 1949
    6 1950 thru 1959
    2 1960 thru 1969

    Earliest watch is an Elgin #1326148 model 1 convertible grade 49 class 17 16s 15j gilt in open face case H. Muhr & Sons Co. Crown grade

    Latest watch is a Hamilton #C479093 model 5 992B 16s 21j open face in a Star Case Co sst Hamilton 15 case

    I like the 1920's watches as the data shows & my sweet spot runs 1900 through the early 1930's
    After 21 months of semi-serious collecting my tastes remain fairly constant but of course I have become more discerning looking for better condition watches.

    I especially like my South Bend 229 #584201 "The Studebaker". When I unscrewed the back of the case for the first time the clouds parted, the sun began to shine & the birds were singing. Wish I had a picture of my beaming face. What a find for me & wonderful that I knew what it was.

    Just out here in the sticks with some old watches, SHBKF
     
  4. Tom McIntyre

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    My earliest is from around 1735 and my latest was put together for me by one of our watchmakers here 3 years ago as part of a project he was starting up.

    My Walthams are mostly American Watch Co. grade from 1859 to 1899 and some were made as late as 1910.

    Probably 1876 is the center point of the count.

    I also have items from DeLong and the McIntyre Watch Co. that date from 1910 to 1930.

    My collecting mostly tries to follow story lines and sometimes those are constrained to a range of dates, but often the stories are 70 or 100 years long.
     
  5. Omexa

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    Hi Rob, my earliest is c1699 Verge to latest c1960 Elgin 571, so it is a pretty broad timeline. I would say that the majority of my Watches range from c1800 to c1840. Regards Ray
     
  6. Jerry Treiman

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    This is hard to pin down. My English watches (including movements) are probably from 1800-1840. Although the bulk of my American collection (and research focus) probably spans 1890-1930 I have several earlier pieces that I consider important to my interests.
     
  7. novicetimekeeper

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    I assume this has gone on to include English watches now given the dates. I don't have many but most that I do would fall into a 40 year period straddling 1800. My earliest is undated but is prob mid 18th century. I'd love a 17th century one to go with my clocks.
     
  8. Ron DeGenaro

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    1900 - 1930.
     
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    1880-1920, mostly Walthams.
     
  10. Clint Geller

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    Easy question for me. 1858 to 1865 is the period on which I focus.
     
  11. rrwatch

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    I've always collected watches that could have been used on railroads in North America, 20 jewels and up. This would place most of my watches in the 1880s to 1930s time frame, with a little overflow on both ends.
    This includes watches that were not made in the USA, but were of sufficient quality to have passed inspection in the U.S., Canada or Mexico.
     
  12. watchtinker

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    It usually falls between 1880 and 1920 for me.
     
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    Mines 1890 to 1930, also mainly Walthams but I do have an English fusee from 1824 and an Omega wristwatch from 2008.
     
  14. ben_hutcherson

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    1860-1900 covers my collection fairly well.
     
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    I spent my career as a Locomotive Engineer on a portion of Canadian National Railways that ran on old Grand Trunk Pacific trackage.

    When I began collecting I wanted to acquire one of each brand of watch with a 24 hour dial that could have been used on the GTPR during it's short life 1903 to 1918/23. The last date can be subjective as it took a few years for the various roads to morph into CNR.

    There was soon little room to maneuver within those dates.

    I then read that a number of CPR men had moved to the GTPR and CNoR so, assuming their watches were grandfathered that was an excuse to include any watch that could have been used on the CPR which was completed in 1885.

    So, focused on the period of about 1900 to 1920, a sucker for many earlier watches plus interesting jetsam and flotsam from whenever.
     
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    1900s to the 1940s.
     
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