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    Look what I found buried in a file box

    Grandma's and Grandpa's watches!

    I am sure the Timex was Grandma's.

    I laughed out oud at seeing the Elgin, as I had just lost a bid on an old Helbros with the same design... but this one is Family so it's worth more! It wound up and ran overnite. I'll service it and let ya'all know when it's done.

    But my jaw really hit the floor with the Hamilton Thin-O-Matic. It has no crystal, and thus the dial is scratched from being in the bottom of a file box. The seconds hand is bent as well.... But I shook it and it ran. I think it is a Hamilton Micro-rotor movement too... I'll have to get help from my watchmaker getting this one back to life. Again, I'll keep y'all up to date.

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    Re: Look what I found buried in a file box

    Pity the Hammy isn't in good shape. But that Elgin appears to be in really good condition. A service and polishing the crystal, and it'll be good to wear.
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    With bent seconds hand and scratches on dial the Hammy does look like a "Masterpiece" But I think it will scrub up well. What does the "AM" at 12 o'clock stand for?
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    Re: Look what I found buried in a file box

    American Machinists Society. It was a 25 year Union watch.

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    Nice watches , get them serviced and enjoy them.
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    Re: Look what I found buried in a file box

    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaJohnboy View Post
    American Machinists Society. It was a 25 year Union watch.
    Thanks - Hamilton & Gruen definitely worthy servicing/restoring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Navman View Post
    Thanks - Hamilton & Gruen definitely worthy servicing/restoring.
    I don't see any Gruen here... There's a Hamilton and an Elgin. If you're referring to the joint venture on the micro-rotor movement, that was Hamilton and Buren.
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    Thanks y'all!

    They are definitely BOTh worth servicing and wearing.
    Gives me 5 nice old Family watches worth saving and wearing.
    And the collection, (Ok She's right- that's a lot of watches. *put eye-roll here*)
    -1971 Timex Marlin, green dial (reborn!), 1970's Timex Auto, 1974 Hamilton Accumatic ORANGE DIAL!
    -Dad's 1953 Bulova President, 1963 gold Accutron, and Grandpa's 1970 Caravelle machinist's watch
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    --E-One Bradley, --Evant Tropic Diver, bronze & green, --Urban Chronograph, —Seiko SNK's green & red,—Seiko Alpinist, —Bertucci A-2T (white), —Certina C-Sport Chrono, orange , —Timex 2002 Reefgear, —Omega Dynamic III (circa 2001), —Hamilton Pan Europe, blue, -- Monta Triumph, green dial.

    -1972 Hamilton Pan Europe, -1971 Accutron 219,—Seiko H557 square digital-analog (mine, new in 1984),
    -80's Seiko 6F22 Moonphase, - -70's Timex Electric, —Vostok Signal watch (w/ alarm), -80's Komandirskie (Type 33) -1990 Komandirskie (Type 34) (4 of same!), -Victorinox 1980, —HMT Janata, -1912 Concord Travel Clock/watch (w/engraved dial)


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    Re: Look what I found buried in a file box

    Correction: The "AM" on the Hamilton is for Addressograph Memograph, the company he was a milling machine operator for for 35 years.
    They made, among other things, credit card swipers. (For those of us who remember the 3 layer, carbon copy, credit card receipt machines)
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    The Elgin might be holding one of the first generation 8/0 movements, the 519 series, which would place it before 1940. Definitely worth the trouble, IMO. To me, more interesting than a Hamilton with a Swiss movement.
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