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radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,671
Santa Cruz
I can’t remember the last time I wore a watch. I have no need for one. The few times a week I actually need to know the specific time I check my phone.
 

Jelly Roll Horton

Country Gent
Nov 10, 2017
1,899
Portland, OR
My accumulation is not as grand as some here, but this is what I’ve got for show and tell today.

L-R:

My dad’s HS grad 1925 Illinois pocket watch with fob; My mom’s 1929 HS grad Paul Vallette wrist watch; my 1934 Mickey with original child’s strap with Small Mickeys attached; a modern Mickey and a Modern Minnie; Ford pocket watch, which I carried until it stopped working; and a Portland Bolt wrist watch -former client for which I designed their logo in 1972. (Also showing a closeup of the vintage Ingersoll Mickey. Note the mice running around on the second hand dial).
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thunder58

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Dec 23, 2010
26,389
tappan ny
My accumulation is not as grand as some here, but this is what I’ve got for show and tell today.

L-R:

My dad’s HS grad 1925 Illinois pocket watch with fob; My mom’s 1929 HS grad Paul Vallette wrist watch; my 1934 Mickey with original child’s strap with Small Mickeys attached; a modern Mickey and a Modern Minnie; Ford pocket watch, which I carried until it stopped working; and a Portland Bolt wrist watch -former client for which I designed their logo in 1972. (Also showing a closeup of the vintage Ingersoll Mickey. Note the mice running around on the second hand dial).
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Love that Ford Pocket watch ......and Mickey too
 

mrfixitmi

Country Gent
Mar 20, 2010
1,863
Michigan
@afire

Very nice Gruen collection, those were high quality well made time pieces. About 12 years ago, I bought a broken curvex, and fell in love with the concept. I ended up giving it to my son who used it in School, he thought that it was cool that he could track how much time he had remaining during test time. Most of the other Engineering students couldn't believe how something mechanical that was so old could keep accurate time without using batteries.

Here is a picture of some of the Gruen pocket watches that I restored to running condition, they range from 1895 (DGS Dietrich Gruen & Sons) to 1940. The ornate 1920's to 1930's in the center are some of my favorites.
 

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LeSainte

Gretschie
Oct 4, 2021
141
New York
I wear a watch, in pocket. An Elgin Grade 82 in a Waltham open face coin silver case. I don't wear it as much anymore as it needs a good overhaul when I have the spending money.

I'd also like to get a wrist watch for the few months where it's too hot to hear a waistcoat.

Probably an old WWI trench watch or the Bulova 96A206. Most likely the former.
 

thunder58

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Dec 23, 2010
26,389
tappan ny
I wear a watch, in pocket. An Elgin Grade 82 in a Waltham open face coin silver case. I don't wear it as much anymore as it needs a good overhaul when I have the spending money.

I'd also like to get a wrist watch for the few months where it's too hot to hear a waistcoat.

Probably an old WWI trench watch or the Bulova 96A206. Most likely the former.
That's an amazing collection . I absolutely love a pocket watch . I have one coming in the mail this week I bought on line . Although the seller said it may need a battery , the watch just reminds me of my grandfather . He worked for NY Central Rail Road and this is a Pennsylvania Rail Road watch ( although just a novelty ) I'll PM you a photo when it arrives
 
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thunder58

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Nothing fancy. Very much a form over function piece. She sees plenty of use and abuse.

I've always been a fan with the watch face design that your Bercona has.

I hope you're happy with your new watch.
Nothing fancy ?? That sure is a pretty one that Elgin . Thanks for noting mine , like I said , I've yet to see a prettier face than my Bercona . But then again , my high school sweetheart had given it to me .
 

LeSainte

Gretschie
Oct 4, 2021
141
New York
For my 40th birthday last month my beloved gave me this neat mechanical watch. New old stock from the soviet union with a very comfortable leather NATO strap.
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I think I've seen a design like that one before. Those old Soviet watches are some cool timepieces. My friend but a Molnija a while back, but ended up getting screwed over on it. Was advertised as professionally serviced but it didn't run when he got it and the crown snapped off.

I'm definitely gonna need one someday.
 

calebaaron666

Friend of Fred
Aug 15, 2018
6,719
Auburn, Maine
I think I've seen a design like that one before. Those old Soviet watches are some cool timepieces. My friend but a Molnija a while back, but ended up getting screwed over on it. Was advertised as professionally serviced but it didn't run when he got it and the crown snapped off.

I'm definitely gonna need one someday.
My ol’ lady found it on etsy. It’s a Czech company that bought a mess of new old mechanical soviet watches. Pretty neat.
Mine ticks away without issue. I wind in every 20 hours or so regardless of whether it’s wound down or not.
 

dreamingGretsch

Synchromatic
Oct 12, 2010
731
Melbourne, Australia
OH MAN!! I used to collect Seiko Divers! but I stopped right before the addiction could really sink me financially! I sold it all to fund more gears, but Ive been wanting to get just one Seiko Turtle again.. or maybe 2.. or 3??

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afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,396
Where the action is!
Here is a picture of some of the Gruen pocket watches that I restored to running condition...The ornate 1920's to 1930's in the center are some of my favorites.
Agreed. Gruen had a very strong flair for design in this era. I love a Pentagon, and Gruen was very proud of that design.

I'd also like to get a wrist watch for the few months where it's too hot to hear a waistcoat.
I occasionally think about getting a three-piece suit specifically for the purpose of being able to wear a pocket watch properly. I have a circa 1915 14k gold Howard that belonged to my great great uncle. Or I could go the easier route and just get a lapel chain.
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OH MAN!! I used to collect Seiko Divers! but I stopped right before the addiction could really sink me financially!
Dive watches are mystifying to me. As a dedicated Gruen man, my focus is on their pre-Curvex Gruen Guild era, but I also get the collectors who view the Curvex era as Gruen's pinnacle. Almost no Gruen aficionado has much interest in anything past the 1950s, when the original company folded. Yet, the 1960s Ocean Chief steel dive watch, basically a run of the mill sweep seconds round watch with a big diver bezel, is somehow more valuable than my solid gold art deco marvels. It's a completely different market than Gruen collectors that drive that price up. And other Gruen dive watches don't command anywhere near that kind of money. It's a complete mystery to me. And I know the same is true of other brands.
 


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