Looking for recommendation: beginner pocketwatch

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    Petaluma, California, United States

    Looking for recommendation: beginner pocketwatch

    I have the watch collecting bug. I have a nice little collection of wrist watches, but now I'm thinking I might want to get a pocket watch.

    I'm looking for a recommendation. Something not very expensive, let's say $100
    Oddly, I'd like one without a sub second dial. Small or medium sized would be good.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Looking for recommendation: beginner pocketwatch

    If you want one without subseconds, you would have to go for one with centre seconds or with just two hands. The former are made up of a variety of modern quartz PWs, otherwise it's the 1970s specimens with all those wrist watch movements noone wanted any more at that time. The latter can be modern too but would frequently be vintage ladies pendant watches which you see on fleabay every now and then. Most of these can be had for 100$ or less but on vintage mechanical watches, you will have to factor in a service and that may push the budget beyond the limit. Although not that much, though.....

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Looking for recommendation: beginner pocketwatch

    Another possibility are the early swiss lepine made a few years after 1800. Especially the lepine II and early lepine IV are not very rare and there is nearly no demand in america. If you're are able to do service on your owe the budget will be okay for a silver cased one. THey are very flat with a very elegant minimalistic movement. Personally they touch me and theyare well done before the volumen production wins. Jewels are rare and usually its a cylinder escapement but you can't compare their quality with the quite rough cylindre lepines around 1900.

    Kind regards Silke

    Attachment a Lady's one but male looks quite simular only a bid larger in size:
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    That's what I think about today:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUGeY7MWVo

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