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    pocket watch pictures please

    new on here but really interested in pocket watches just wondering if some of you can post some pictures with make and pricing or any other info. thanks for your time. if they is a thread on here for this i apologize

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    Hi Joe,

    I won't comment on prices, you can do the Ebay thing and check them out yourself, but a lot of folks new to collecting seem to go the Elgin or Waltham route to start. I think that is because there are so many out there that you can get one for a fair price.

    Years ago I started out that way, looking for size 12's, then moving up to size 18s. Eventually I started looking for less common ones, or higher quality ones.

    My current collection consists of Hamiltons, Gruen, Omega, and a bunch of key winds. Here are two of my favorites.. a Rolex and a Longines:

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    Perfectly happy to wet your optical whistle...


    IWC Schaffhausen 1896 and Waltham Riverside 1900. 15 Jewels and 17 Jewels. Both 16 size. Gold filled.



    Elgin 1918. 15 Jewels and 16 size.


    Ball-Record 435C ca. 1957. 21 Jewels and 16 size. Railroad pocket watch.


    Waltham M1895, 1899. 7 Jewels and 14 size.

    With the exception of the IWC and the Riverside, they're all serviced and working. Those previous two still need to go to the watchmaker.

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    Beautiful watches, Ron. If I had a chance to own a Rolex, it'd only be as a pocket watch. I actually saw one at a flea-market a few weeks ago, but it was too expensive for me.
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    Re: pocket watch pictures please

    thanks for sharing guys, i just love the fact you can open these up and see the movements. some great looking pocket watches. reason i asked about pricing is just to give me a good idea about costings from make to make etc. i just want a pocket watch as a display and admire lol, do you guys wear your pocket watches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    reason i asked about pricing is just to give me a good idea about costings from make to make etc. i just want a pocket watch as a display and admire lol, do you guys wear your pocket watches?
    For pocket watches (especially American ones), find a copy of Shuggart's "Complete Price Guide to Watches". You can go back several years to get them for fairly cheap; the main value is in the comparative pricing of the various grades and sub grades of watches.

    I often wear my pocket watches; especially in winter (long sleeves means it requires both your hands to check a wrist watch, but only one to check a pocket watch). Larger (16 and 18s) pocket watches can be a bit tight for jeans, especially if you're sitting a lot. I prefer smaller (10-14s) for the ones I wear daily. I also find they get banged a lot, because they're at counter height.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    ...do you guys wear your pocket watches?
    Yes, probably once a week or so.

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    With one exception my pocket watches are European. One of my favourites is the 50mm open face Molnija ...

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    Made in the Soviet Union and Russia from 1947 to 2007. They were produced with an interesting range of embossed case backs ...

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    ... and until recently were relatively inexpensive.

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    I wear my pocket watches every day. I hate wristwatches. In summer they get too sweaty, in winter they get too cold. I stopped wearing them about four years ago and never looked back.
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

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    Re: pocket watch pictures please

    Here is one of mine, I have a couple more pocket watches but still need to make some photo's of them..... so for now just the Hamilton. I only wear them at special occasions like Christmas, Easter, etc.


    Hamilton pocket watch 01 by Bidle, on Flickr


    Hamilton pocket watch 03 by Bidle, on Flickr


    Hamilton pocket watch 07 by Bidle, on Flickr


    Hamilton pocket watch 09 by Bidle, on Flickr


    Good luck hunting!!
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    Re: pocket watch pictures please

    The best timekeeper I have is a Limit Number 2.

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    The firm was based in the north of England but the watches were assembled using Swiss movements - mine, I believe, is by Revue-Thommen

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    time keeping is within 30 seconds in 24 hours.

    Again a relatively inexpensive watch which I am happy to use as a daily beater. The silver single Albert I wear it on cost more than the watch !

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