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    My Vintage Pocketwatches

    I have four vintage pocketwatches that I absolutely love, one Watham, one Hampden, and two Elgins. I'll post them in the order I acquired them.

    First, my Hampden 6s 15j from 1896 housed in an ornate Philadelphia Watch Case Company gold filled Hunter case. It is a lever set , stem wind watch. Cost $60 on eBay.

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    Next is my 1925 Waltham Crescent Street railroad grade watch, 21j and 16s. I paid $175 for it on eBay.

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    Third, my 1922 12s 15J Elgin Hunter case in a gold filled Fahy's case. I paid $81 to an eBay seller in Bulgaria.

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    And last but not least is the 1894 massive 18s, 7j, Elgin keywind and key set model in a "Silveroid" case that cost me $122.50 on eBay.

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Great Looking watches, and photos. The start of a nice collection,
    Thanks for showing,
    Bill

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Thanks, they all run well and keep very good time as well. The pictures were taken with my Canon A70 Powershot 3.2 mp camera in the macro mode with the flash turned off and everything else on auto. Who needs 10 mps? To me 3.2 is just fine unless you want prints larger than 8 X 10.

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Very nice indeed! Have they been serviced? Curious to see the cost of that compared to initial purchase price.
    Tick Talk says, "A watch in the hand is worth two on the wrist"

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    I have not had any of them serviced since I don't run them on a constant basis. Really only the Hampden might need it since I have to put the regulator all the way to slow to make it keep time within 10 seconds a day. The others all have it set near the center and keep great time. The 12s Elgin was serviced by the seller before I bought it. I see no need to have the others looked at and think the whole servicing thing is greatly overdone. I believe in "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". I do have a connection though to an excellent watch repairer who does complete servicing for $40 or less and If I was going to use one of them regularly, I would have him service it. Don't ask for the contact info as I'm not allowed to give it out. He's a 100% Amish person and he does work for a lot of Jewellers so his turnaround time for other people is at least a month and he can only be contacted by snail mail.

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Really nice! The Silver Elgin is a beauty.

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Great american watches!
    Nice colection.

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Nice collection there, -like the Hampton. I just recently acquired my Grandfather's Hampden 307 - Needs service tho.

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Very nice !! Keep posting !

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    Re: My Vintage Pocketwatches

    Quote Originally Posted by jesse1 View Post
    Very nice !! Keep posting !
    +1
    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. FIRST THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. THEN, THEY WILL BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

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    "Owning a vintage watch is great, understanding where it sits in Horology is magnificent"
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