WOW....No love for South Bend Private Labels

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  1. LStratton

    LStratton Registered User

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    Am I the only person that tracts private label South Bend's. I have been doing it for a lot of years and have 350-400 logged. They are not as common as a lot of companies but they aren't scarce either. Personally I don't care if this thread goes anywhere or not as I am not very active and probably will not contribute much, my wife has major health issues and she is definitely #1. This was just an observation.
     
  2. musicguy

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    Post some photos of some of your South Bend PL's

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  3. terry hall

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    Hey Lyle

    My only addition is a PL dial on a South Bend 18s movement
    Little 'podunk' town in the Brushy Mountains of NC
    Great 'story' on acquisition, as I 'lost' track of it once....it is as purchased.

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  4. Rhett Lucke

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    Here is my favorite

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  5. luvsthetick

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    I only have one South Bend PL.

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  6. Dave Coatsworth

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    OK... I have given South Bend some love by adding it to the Private Label Research thread. Sorry about the initial omission.
     
  7. terry hall

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    Cannot edit above post, but did find the Zug....

    serial 406490
    looks just like Rhett's in post #4 above, in a beaded bezel skeleton case.
    My hour and minute hands are different...
     
  9. NC Plumber

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    That North Wilkesboro dial is nice, I live just a few minutes from there.
     
  10. Rhett Lucke

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    I thought I would share an interesting South Bend I picked up at the National in Springfield this past weekend. The watch has an interesting damaskeening pattern and is signed “T.P.M. & M Co., Thurber, Tex.” on the movement, with a matching dial.

    A quick google search reveals that Thurber, Texas was a Company town, ran by the Texas Pacific Coal Co. The Texas Pacific Mercantile & Manufacturing Co. was a subsidiary of the coal company (i.e. company store).

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    Very nice watch, regulator seems to be non-standard for this model (South Bend did some gold tone regulator/screws for private label watches, but here it doesnt seem work properly, unless that was the idea...)
     
  12. Rhett Lucke

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    The watch is as found. The regulator arm is suspect to me, but an easy fix.
     
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  13. Mike Fell

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    I purchased this South Bend "Thurber, Texas" private label watch , May 2019, from a gentleman who picked it up at an estate sale in California.
    Very much like the one Mr. Rhett Luke has posted. You would think there can't be very many of these floating around since the general store was
    only around about 40 years and the town around 50. I believe the general store where these two watches may have been sold through is now called
    the Smokestack Restraunt, one of the few buildings left in Thurber.
    I am new to NAWCC and the website, I will do my best in posting several pictures.
    I want to thank each of you for sharing you information. (FYI: I did a short presentation at Chapter 139 on this watch and the history of Thurber, Texas which was, I think, well received.

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  14. musicguy

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    Mike,

    Nice PL and welcome to the NAWCC forum!

    Keep posting watches.


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  15. Mike Fell

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    Rob, thank you sir! Will do.
     
  16. Kevin Neathery

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    Serial 440741 Grade 292 PL Alex Fuhrman, Kansas City Kan.

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