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  • Incoming...a square deal.

    I've tried repeatedly to find the classic square / tank / rectangular watch that suits me. I've been creative, I promise I have, but have yet to find The One.

    It started with a Langendorf from the 1920s that I picked up at a local flea market many many years back. I still have it, but I don't think it is intact. I cannot even find a photo...it's that old. This is a long quest.

    Then there was this Eterna...really cool, IMO, but I think I needed the money for something else...



    I dabbled with this bumper-wind US-made Elgin automatic. It's a rare piece and really neat, but just didn't tick enough boxes (durability, readability, size, accuracy...):



    Not too long after, I obtained a very high quality replacement for the Eterna. This Zenith Elite Port Royal V (sounds like an aristocrat, or a racehorse, eh?):



    It went its own way and I thought long and hard about obtaining a Roamer (about which I wrote an article for iW magazine) but they are very hard to find and quite expensive. Ultimately, I think it would not have satisfied me near 100%:



    Around 2002, I obtained my first Rado...which I still have but, although it is truly an icon, it does not fit the "classic" criteria in quite the same way as some of the more traditional pieces.


    Photo by Sam (OneSound)

    This one really came close to meeting all my needs, but may just have been too dressy...I traded it for some classic clocks owned by our fellow EOTians.



    This was simply too large. Insanely cool, but too large:



    I took a stab at ana-digi, but this didn't last long in my stable:



    Thus, repeatedly frustrated, I took a few years off from the quest, but now the next chapter begins.
    Tune in Friday to see what arrives at Timely Manor...
    Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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    I owned the chronograph version of that Cartier and loved it.

    CWTF!

    Kurt
    "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

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    • #3
      My one and only square. It was given to my father when I was a teenager, and will pass on to my son someday. Rarely worn, but never to be sold...

      Hamilton December 2015 2 Small.jpg

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mlcor View Post
        My one and only square. It was given to my father when I was a teenager, and will pass on to my son someday. Rarely worn, but never to be sold...

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        A lovely classic. Does it contain Grade 770, the famous 22-jewel movement?
        All Hamiltons from that era have a name--do you know the name of that one? It looks like a Sherwood M, but that has a wooden dial. Very similar case shape, though.

        It is more likely a Romanesque M or a Gardner or possibly an Aldrich.
        Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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        • #5
          It's not the destination but the journey... and yours has stopped by some great locations! I'm a little sad to see that you no longer have the Cartier. That must have happened while I wasn't paying attention but I know when it's time to change it is time to change. I'm looking forward to the next one.
          DavidM1

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DavidM1 View Post
            It's not the destination but the journey... and yours has stopped by some great locations! I'm a little sad to see that you no longer have the Cartier. That must have happened while I wasn't paying attention but I know when it's time to change it is time to change. I'm looking forward to the next one.
            Thanks, David. It's been quite a journey and will continue to be, I'm certain.
            The Cartier trade was silent--no advertising, just happenstance.
            I look forward to the next one also--it is one I've coveted for several years yet have not had much luck locating previously.
            Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post
              A lovely classic. Does it contain Grade 770, the famous 22-jewel movement?
              All Hamiltons from that era have a name--do you know the name of that one? It looks like a Sherwood M, but that has a wooden dial. Very similar case shape, though.

              It is more likely a Romanesque M or a Gardner or possibly an Aldrich.
              I've not seen the movement (had it serviced but wasn't there and didn't ask him to take pictures), so I don't know. I asked the experts on the Hamilton forum, and the consensus was that it is a "recognition" version of the Sherwood--these were more conventionally dialed versions that could be ordered and engraved on the back for presentation to someone (which is what this one is, it was presented to my father). I know for sure it's not a redial or a frankenwatch, as my father had it from day one, it was worn by him every day until he passed away in 1975, and then has been in my possession ever since.

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              • #8
                Please dn't Forget I amstill trying to sell my Rado Integral.
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                Cheers
                Peter

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by earloffarnborough View Post
                  Please dn't Forget I amstill trying to sell my Rado Integral.
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                  Cheers
                  Peter
                  Wow, Peter--I did not recall seeing that is available.
                  I'll have to look into that (in case I have any $ left over from the incoming watch purchase)>
                  Thanks!
                  Brad
                  Time is Money, except on Dark Side of the Moon

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