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    new windup pocket watches

    I just join looking for info on any new windup pocket watches. I got a Elgin that dates to 1917 but are there any new windup out there that are of any good.

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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    There's this thread running currently:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=348384

    Do a search in the "Google" box above and you'll probably find more; I remember a couple of threads that discussed various aspects of this. Someone pointed out that you can get a high quality vintage PW like a Hamilton or an Elgin that is as good or better then a "new" pocket watch (in terms of quality), and for substantially less money. I bought a new Tissot last year, and while I don't exactly regret it, I could have bought two or three extremely nice vintage PW's for the same amount of money. But don't tell my wife I said that; the Tissot was an anniversary gift. ;)
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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    thank you for the reply sorry about the starter post for the way it was written. I'm dope up on cold meds.

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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    I'm been reading the points on buy vintage pw and that why I like to stick with a new one. It's good info but I don't have a eye for telling a good one from a bad one and I'm not up for learning the hard way

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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    I think it's really hard to find a new pocket watch with anything other than a Unitas movement. However, there are to this day one or two companies in Europe that still specialize in pocket watches. Unfortunately, most are quartz.

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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    Most pocket watches these days are cheap, quartz ones. However, companies such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Hamilton, Ball, Waltham and Tissot still sell mechanical, handwound pocket watches, athough they're very expensive.
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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    Orient has a current production pocket watch in a stainless steel case with sapphire crystals. Mine is extremely accurate, maintaining 3-4 seconds/day. Is there anything wrong, only the fact that for some reason they decided to make it small, only 40 mm in diameter. Shown next to a size 16 Elgin grade 571 railroad watch.
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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    Quote Originally Posted by RON in PA View Post
    Orient has a current production pocket watch in a stainless steel case with sapphire crystals. Mine is extremely accurate, maintaining 3-4 seconds/day. Is there anything wrong, only the fact that for some reason they decided to make it small, only 40 mm in diameter. Shown next to a size 16 Elgin grade 571 railroad watch.
    I think the reason for the small size is that in Asia, 12 size (in American terms) is one of the most popular size for actual use. I've also noticed that many Russia pocket watches tend to be small too.

    But some aren't .The Molijna has been made in Russia under license from Cortebet (who no longer exist) for a coons age. The movement is quite beautifully shaped and the Russians, as they do with many movements, have continued to upgrade it.It now has full shock protection, and it may have been upgraded even to high beat.

    It's something of a favorite with some German watch modifiers, who do some beautiful work on it, such as modifying the bar type movement into a 3/4 plate movement.

    I think that anything by Molijna could go on the short list of reasonably priced pocket watches for either collecting or wearing.

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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    Quote Originally Posted by RON in PA View Post
    Orient has a current production pocket watch in a stainless steel case with sapphire crystals. Mine is extremely accurate, maintaining 3-4 seconds/day. Is there anything wrong, only the fact that for some reason they decided to make it small, only 40 mm in diameter. Shown next to a size 16 Elgin grade 571 railroad watch.
    Ron that's not a bad loooking watch.I like the power reserve on that one.How many jewel's does that Orient have.

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    Re: new windup pocket watches

    The Orient looks to me like a wristwatch conversion. I like Molnijas if you can find a good one. I think Molnija may no longer be in business. There are also some Chinese pieces out there (mostly skeletons).
    The best quality ones available new are the Unitas based ones. You'll get shock protection which is a bonus.
    However given the variety and quality of vintage out there at attractive prices I see no reason to buy new.

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