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    Home city watch thread - put yours here

    Ok, as suggested by Eeeb, I'm starting a thread on watches that have your city on the dial. Please post yours

    Mine is a double whammy, as it has both the city of my birth (Dunedin) AND the city in which I now live (Wellington) on the dial. When it came up for auction, I simply couldn't resist - also it is a very nice 1908 Omega, so that helped as well



    Here is Wellington (from a 70s book)



    Here is Dunedin (same book)

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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    I do not live in Cheltenham, but I suppose my contribution can be allowed? A Waltham chronograph model 1874. The jeweler company Martin & Co is mentioned in Loomes and was started in 1806. They are still in business today at the same adress since 1830.



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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    A more modern example:



    Always a good conversation piece, particularly since most people have heard of Rado.

    Enjoy,
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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik_H View Post
    I do not live in Cheltenham, but I suppose my contribution can be allowed? A Waltham chronograph model 1874. The jeweler company Martin & Co is mentioned in Loomes and was started in 1806. They are still in business today at the same adress since 1830.
    I had no idea that Waltham made a chronograph, that is surely a very
    rare watch.

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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    I had no idea that Waltham made a chronograph, that is surely a very
    rare watch.
    I will post more about this when I have it finished.
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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    You can't see it in this photograph, but...



    The watch on the right...my Waltham M1895 (made 1899) has my city, Melbourne, Australia, on the dial. In full, it reads:

    "Made in USA for Tymms & Kermode, 115 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne".

    As far as I've managed to find out, Tymms & Kermode was a distributor of watches and clocks in late-19th-century-early-20th-century Melbourne/Australia.

    I've been to 115 Elizabeth Street but...their shop ain't there no-more...
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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    Living in Columbus, it was this watch company that got me interested in collecting watches. Founded by Dieter Gruen (yes, family started the Gruen Watch Company), the Columbus Watch Company made watches withing walking distance of my home... of course, it was in the nineteenth century so I missed it.

    Anyway, I've picked up 4. Only one is a 'runner' in the sense it is maintained. Unfortunately 3 weeks after it's last maintenance, the runner died. So, to add a real runner, I had to sub in the South Bend.

    Due to pre-Keynsiean economics, an economic panic caused the demise of the Columbus Watch Company. (Praise be to the Gods for John Maynard Keynes...) It was sold to the Studebaker family who moved it to their home in South Bend. So it is kind of a Columbus watch...



















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

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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    WONDERFUL stuff everyone - keep 'em coming

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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    Waltham Experimental Watch:

    16 size, 16A Model, 21 jewels incabloc shock resistant incastar regulator; serial number 33,742,007. Military case.

    (See Attachments)

    And here is another with the city on the dial.

    Waltham Riverside model '88:

    Waltham model 1888, 17 jewels, Riverside Grade, 16+ size, Roman numeral porcelain dial.



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    Re: Home city watch thread - put yours here

    That shockprotected Waltham 1621 is the first I have seen. What do you know about it? As it was made (well the base movement at least) in 1952, was it a cold war army design study that never went beyond prototype stage?
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