Hi from the home of the Indy 500,
I got the hankering to try to be artistic yesterday with some of my vintage wrist watches and 1902 Elgin pendant pocket watch. All but the Elgin I bought because because of their unique looks.
My first example is a Raketa Copernica. The post card is from Cody, Wyoming. It's a nice little motel if you ever get the chance to stay there. The watch itself only cost me $50.00 and runs like a champ. When I wear it on my wrist, I can say I have an eclipse once and hour. The red strap seemed to call to me and say "put me on that watch with a black case and black dial!"
The next watch is a Citizen automatic on a stingray strap. The dial of this watch, for some reason or another, reminded me of a bat. I searched like crazy to find a strap as unique as this watch. It was a "bay buy". It too runs spot on. I have been very lucky with my ebay buys. I forgot to mention that I have put it against a Australian painted Aboriginal Emu egg.
Can you tell that I'm a St. Louis Cardinal fan? This Seiko S-Wave automatic came from an Indianapolis based ebay seller for $50.00. It has a display back. It too runs spot on. The strap is another add on that I thought would look great with the watch. I have always wanted a Seiko S-Wave because of their unusual bracelet, but unfortunately this didn't have one.
The next one is a Sandoz. I love the way Rado watches look, but can't seem to pull the trigger on one because of the cost! This one reminds me of a Rado Starliner. I put a black shark skin strap on it. The watch has a very elegant look to it, even though it is a "poor man's Rado". I have had many nice comments on its appearance.
The next watch is a Poljot "Stadiuim" 23 jewel automatic. Did I mention it has a green dial? This is another attempt to quench my desire for something like a vintage Rado. When I first bought it, I put a brown rally strap on it and it looked great. I decided to put this python strap on it so my wife could wear it (I'm always trying to justify my watch buys). This is, of course, another bay buy. The seller is from the Ukraine, as was my mother's mother. It is HUGE, GOLD AND GREEN! It also runs great. It has a button on the side to set the date. I can't read Russian, so it doesn't matter what the day function says. I'm pretty sure my wife won't wear it so the rally strap is going to back on it.
The next vintage watch is a 1942 Bulova. By far this is my favorite vintage watch. I tried to take a photo of it between old photos of my father. The first one was probably taken in the 1920's and the other one probably in the 1940's. The brown stap feels good and looks with this watch. It is hard for me to keep my eyes off the watch when I wear it.
The last watch is a 1902 Elgin pendant pocket watch. It was won in a a poker game some time after 1906 by my Grandmother's brother after they had immigrated to the U.S.A. from the Ukraine coming through Ellis Island. I love the enamel dial on this watch. The watch is only worth sentimental value, but runs strong and accurate after being around over 100 years! It amazes me that it has been in my family for about 100 years. The last photo the watch is paired with is of my wife's Irish grandfather.
Finally, I tried to get a photo of these watches (except the Elgin) with my violin and viola. I play and teach for a living. My violin is over 100 years old and one of my violin bows was made in the 1920's by a famous German bow maker.
I enjoy my vintage watches on a regular basis. Matching them with straps that I think matches their character is fun for me. The search for the straps can be sometimes daunting, but in the end gives me a great feeling when they get to come together with the watch. It seems these photos look huge and I don't know why. Also, taking photos of watches is not an easy thing to do. I don't know how many I took because of the blurry nature.
I hope you enjoy seeing this little collection that didn't cost me an arm and a leg.