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    Another member of our group of gentlemen posted earlier on gold watches - most of us being owners of professional, or sports watches and not dress watches. Well, I do have a couple of pocket watches - both inexpensive. This is the 'fancy' one. It's a pocket watch with emblems from the Masonic Order on the face and case back. A reproduction actually, of a watch that originally featured a winding mechanical movement. This one is a battery job, though it says the movement is from Japan, so it cannot be 'too' cheaply made. Anyhow, I like it, though the chain is a little short for my likes.


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    Let's see your Masonic, or other pocket watches
    TKite,
    Hydronaut

    I need a new watch

  • #2
    Very cool, T - love the shape and look of that pocket watch. Here are two that I got from my father. They were owned by my grandfathers - my Italian grandfather owned the Westclox Scotty - probably from around 1977. My Cajun French grandfather - from my mother's side - owned the Waltham in gold, which is from the early 1900s - maybe 1901. It's much nicer than the Westclox as it has a beautiful movement and nicer dial.



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    • #3
      You may dig this one...former WW2 military navigation watch with 24-hour time (Grade 4992, based on the 992B RR watch, but with 22 jewels and center seconds). After the war, many were converted to 12-hour time and a lot had custom dials painted.
      I got this one with such a dial, but have swapped that out for something I like more...

      The way it arrived:



      What It looks like now:



      The case I am readying for it:



      The wonderful movement (1944 production):



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      • #4
        Here is a beautiful pocket watch that had belonged to my grandfather. Maintenance (every ten years) was so expensive that we finally sold it. It was a Minute-repitition with a OpasMinutenrep-.jpg OpasMinutenrep-Deckel.jpg OpasMinutenrep-offen.jpg wonderful chime. Sometimes I wish I still had it.
        The Pictures are from the shop that sold it for us. Peter

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        • #5
          Wow, Peter. That is quite a rare and exquisite piece.
          I've heard from watchmakers that those old minute repeaters can be very finicky...certainly the care of them is vital and can be expensive.
          I've only beheld a few--I helped a friend sell one 10-15 years ago and enjoyed having it temporarily in my possession.
          I was petrified something would go wrong!

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          • #6
            My Grandfathers...During the'Depression' he was a conductor on the P.R.R. between
            Philadelphia and Lancaster.

            Howard was the finest American Watch ever made.









            "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

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            • #7
              That's gorgeous Peter, Back in the 90's I owned a tri-color gold minute repeater that
              was given to Buffalo Bill Cody during his Wild West Days in Europe.

              It was monogrammed W.F.C. with each letter in a different (white, yellow, green) color
              of gold.

              I traded it for an antique Montrose Saddle. Wish I hadn't.

              :-)

              Kurt
              "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

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              • #8
                Wow, Peter... and wow, Kurt... what beauties! I have never owned a pocket watch, was happy my Dad's went to my brother and I suppose now to my nephew... but those two...

                And I get selling because of ridiculous maintenance... sad, but understandable.

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                • #9
                  Very sweet.
                  sigpic Let the music be your Master, will you heed the Master's call?

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                  • #10
                    I have three. One is a coin silver cased watch, nothing special, everyday carry. That makes it special to me Dates from about 1905. It's stem wind lever set, which means I have to open the crystal and pull out a lever at 2:00 so I can set it with the stem. The height of watch technology in 1905. Hampden Watch Co. Middle grade American company back then. Still runs well.

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                    The other two have a place close to my heart. They are Westclox "dollar watches", which refers to just what they were originally sold for, even into the 70s. They were displayed on a card of nine in general stores (originally) and later in convenience stores. Pin lever escapement and stamped parts, but they worked. I bought a Pocket Ben at the little Camp Greaves PX for $2.00 in 74 and carried it on patrols when I decided my wrist watches weren't doing the job. It had great lume and I could read it all night long. I carried it wrapped in a clear plastic baggie in my left breast pocket. I figured it was cheap enough that it wouldn't bother me if it got bashed up when I hit the ground or did some other dramatic movement. It never let me down and I passed it on to my replacement -at his request - when I rotated home. Bought these in a fit of nostalgia at an antique show. Both still run although I can't set the Scotty.

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                    George
                    Cardigan American Princess Celeste says, "It's too quiet. You guys get up off your butts and start doing things."

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                    • #11
                      Hey an original...... The music is a little over dramatic, but I suppose since it's technically an advertisement to sell the watch:

                      TKite,
                      Hydronaut

                      I need a new watch

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                      • #12
                        E Howard, Waltham, and Elgin discussed in this video you may enjoy.

                        TKite,
                        Hydronaut

                        I need a new watch

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                        • #13
                          Most gone now, but on some days I still miss them... Hope you enjoy.

                          Kurt



















































                          "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

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                          • #14
                            Wow, Kurt - when you collect something, you don't mess around. Those are stunning pieces.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Mike, it took 30 years to collect them all.

                              Great memories. I used to carry one every day.

                              All of my slacks (even shorts) had the watch sleeve inside the right
                              pocket.
                              "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

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