what is the best watch seen saved from the scrapper

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  1. Jon Hanson

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    sometimes scrappers do not scrap timely.

    One of the best I have seen was an 18K Premier Maximus, all original, which a friend saved.

    How about you?
     
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    My best is my first real collectible watch. I did not buy it from the scrapper myself, but the person who bought it did so on a hunch after looking at the workmanship. He said it was the best finished keywind he had ever seen. That was in the Portobello flea market in 1982.
     

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    nice

    my best save was a 20s Presidential Waltham for $500.00!:p
     
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    My best was a french watch from the 1700s I found down in Florida. It was just about to go to the scrapper and I bought it for a song. It was made for a wealthy family in Charleston, SC, hence the English script for the setting mechanism. The balance wheel was encrusted with real mine cut diamonds. It was so dirty when I bought it that I was not even sure it was gold but when cleaned up with had that smooth feel of 18k and looked like it had rarely been worn.

    Not as cool as Tom or Jon's finds...but not bad.

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  5. Jon Hanson

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    I remember that one when you showed me.

    I find it interesting that such a foreign watch would be going to the scrapper!
     
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    Nice Saves!!! It scares me about what has actually successfully made it to the scrapper :mysad:

    What is a Presidential Waltham Jon? I don't think I have heard of that grade or is it that it belonged to a president? Any pics? Thanks
     
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    CERTAIN American watches were presented to individuals for lifesaving--crews, people saved at sea from ship wrecks.

    20s 18K Hunting watch cases were ordered by the gov't to have 2 enameled scenes placed on the outside lids, the presenditial seal and a lifesaving scene.
    Used were American grade American Watch Company 19 and 20 J mov'ts.

    There are other late Walthams that were also used, but not rare, LARGE, or as beautiul.
     
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    Thanks for that great info Jon, I had not heard of that bit of history before. Very cool watch then!!!!! :D Thank god it did not go to the scrapper as that would have been a sad, sad day from a rare watch/movement and history perspective.
     
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    Here is a good one. The movement was for sale at a sales counter in San Francisco and Stan H asked if the case was still available, it was in the back room. It is a 19J 18K '88 with a great inscription now in my collection. Paul
     

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    A beauty; thanks so much for posting.:)
     
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    While not destined for a metal scrapper the 23J Hunting Case Bunn I posted about, a LeCoultre chornograph pocket watch. Countless wristwatches including a Movado Kingmatic, Tissot Diastar, two LeJour chornographs. Hundreds of watch parts, movements, cases, crystals and a cleaning machine. Dozens of clocks and movements. Whatever was left went to the curb a week after I got the stuff. Thankfully I saved as much as possible.
     

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