I have stopped at this little antique store a few towns over several times, but they have never been open. I am usually in a bit of a hurry, so I dont call the "If were not here call" number. So today, I call the number on the door, and wait for the lady to come into town to open up.
Lots of handtools, typical hammers, squares, saws, etc. I ask what she has for watch tools and watches. Wow. She starts pulling out drawer after drawer of watches and tools.
The first watch I pulled out was a Wittnauer 2000. Never had one, so I laid it aside. Then a cool Benrus ladies black face that has radium looking hands. Then a neat Bulova from the 40s that has a blue crystal in it. Not a hint of blue, but BLUE. Again, it went off to the side.
Then I pull out a LeCoultre Futurematic, missing a second hand... Never being one that had a JLC, or even seen one, I laid it aside, knowing at least that it was a good watch.
I also pulled a nice hand pulling tool, as I didnt have one yet.
So I take it all up to the lady and ask how much. 50 she says. I say 40, and she says ok.
So, when I get home, I start messing with them a little more. The Bulova runs and keeps good time. I will give it a cleaning one of these winter days.
The Benrus has a broken staff or jewel. Wobbly balance anyway... Probably wont fix it, but it will look cool with my other Benruses.
The Wittnauer would not run at first, but is now keeping pretty good time. Too bad its missing a few of the original band links, as its waay too small for my wrist.
The JLC needs a hand and a cleaning. I peeked inside, and the balance looks good, and the rest looks pretty good as well.
So, between the Witt and the JLC, which should I keep and which should go on Ebay?? The Witt is just not my stule of watch, and from what I have read, the JLC is expensive to repair...
RipT (who really wants to take the lady up on the "what will you give me for all the watch stuff" offer)