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    picked this up at a garage sale for $2. It's a Lord Elgin Automatic. I'm guessing around 1970-1975. I wound it and let it run. It ran for about 30 hours and was off by maybe 2 minutes. It will be interesting to see what kind of shape I can get it in. Also, need to find something other than that awful stretch band. Wonder how a leather band would look on it? I'll post the after pic.

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    The best $2 you ever spent!
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    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
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    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Very nice...a $2 score - you just have to love it when you can do that.

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    sigh you people with garage sales, and charity shops
    make me sad

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    $2! Nice find.

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    get it cleaned and serviced and spend 10x what you did on the watch for a decent leather band and you will have 70s GOLD! nice work.
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    i'd keep the cheesy stretch band.
    i have 8 vintage 60-70ish watches.
    all seem to have a stretch band of some sort.
    mostly replacements i'm sure.
    i find these at local thrift stores between 4 and 8 us dollars.
    all are mechanicals,some wind some auto.
    i wondered my self why all seem to have stretch bands.
    then it dawned on me.
    these are working man blue collar watches.

    i remember my father allways wore a watch.
    no matter if it was a timex or one a few notches up he would allways put a strech band on it.
    why?

    because being a mechanic he would allways remove it when working.
    he had a slot in his tool box that was empty.
    that was for his watch.
    whether at work or around the house or up north building deer stands,
    when the work started the watch came off.
    saint paul/minneapolis was a blue collar town through the 70's most people
    i knew who wore watches preferred stretch bands.
    easy on easy off.
    you did what was nessassary to make things last.
    there were some,(hairy armed) that could'nt use the stretch bands but
    for the most part it was the blue collar way to go.
    instead of compairing watches it was who had the nicest stretchy band.

    so when you find these vintage watches with the cheesy stretch bands
    try to remember that your looking at vintage blue collar shlock.

    regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by skoony View Post
    i'd keep the cheesy stretch band.
    i have 8 vintage 60-70ish watches.
    all seem to have a stretch band of some sort.
    mostly replacements i'm sure.
    i find these at local thrift stores between 4 and 8 us dollars.
    all are mechanicals,some wind some auto.
    i wondered my self why all seem to have stretch bands.
    then it dawned on me.
    these are working man blue collar watches.

    i remember my father allways wore a watch.
    no matter if it was a timex or one a few notches up he would allways put a strech band on it.
    why?

    because being a mechanic he would allways remove it when working.
    he had a slot in his tool box that was empty.
    that was for his watch.
    whether at work or around the house or up north building deer stands,
    when the work started the watch came off.
    saint paul/minneapolis was a blue collar town through the 70's most people
    i knew who wore watches preferred stretch bands.
    easy on easy off.
    you did what was nessassary to make things last.
    there were some,(hairy armed) that could'nt use the stretch bands but
    for the most part it was the blue collar way to go.
    instead of compairing watches it was who had the nicest stretchy band.

    so when you find these vintage watches with the cheesy stretch bands
    try to remember that your looking at vintage blue collar shlock.

    regards
    mike
    Revealing my age here (LOL):

    Stretchy bands (led by Spidel with their twist-o-flex) became popular in the late 40's/early 50's. At this point in time you needed to remove your watch whenever you washed your hands. Watches were hardly dustproof let alone water resistant. Every bathroom had a 6 inch shelf (or something like it) above the sinks where you placed the watch. The stretchy bands were easy to slip off and back on. AC was uncommon and sweat ruined watch bands after a year or two. But SS metal twist-o-flexes lasted for years.

    From the janitor to the office manager, everyone seemed to wear them.

    Having actually worn them, I referred to them as 'pinch-o-flex' watches as they always seemed to grab my arm hair. I hate them and remove them as soon as one comes in. They also have a habit of gouging the lugs of the watch case.
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    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Revealing my age here (LOL):

    Stretchy bands (led by Spidel with their twist-o-flex) became popular in the late 40's/early 50's. At this point in time you needed to remove your watch whenever you washed your hands. Watches were hardly dustproof let alone water resistant. Every bathroom had a 6 inch shelf (or something like it) above the sinks where you placed the watch. The stretchy bands were easy to slip off and back on. AC was uncommon and sweat ruined watch bands after a year or two. But SS metal twist-o-flexes lasted for years.

    From the janitor to the office manager, everyone seemed to wear them.

    Having actually worn them, I referred to them as 'pinch-o-flex' watches as they always seemed to grab my arm hair. I hate them and remove them as soon as one comes in. They also have a habit of gouging the lugs of the watch case.
    Thanks for the "blast from the past", I knew they were very popular in my grandfather's days (no offense Eeeb! I mean the 40's/50's) and my father has quite a few of the Speidel bands. I never did like they very much. They seem either too loose or too tight - always shifting around. I can understand now the practical reason for them but I much prefer leather these days.

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    Re: garage sale find

    Great find and not a lover of the hair puller band, nice leather strap would look good esp brown,

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