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    Hello Vintage & Pocket watches forum.

    Made a couple posts in V&PW threads recently, but this is the first one I've started here. @bsshog40's post about his thrift store finds inspired me to see if anyone would like to join a thread dedicated to thrift store finds.

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    I'll start with an Elgin 17 Jewel watch I found at Goodwill in 2007. It cost $4.99. It's a mechanical watch, with a beautiful linden dial.

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    It was serviced and the crystal polished by a Rolex certified watchmaker in 2008. When I got it back, I was surprised by how accurately it kept time. Although the watchmaker said it was good for another 20 years, the hands stopped moving after about 2 years of light use.

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    Just back from repair. Watchmaker said he tightened cannon pinion so the hands would move again, and installed a new crown gasket. Wore it once already, and plan to wind it up for a timing test today.

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    This watch has sentimental value because found it on a job interview trip. Never seen one this nice in a thrift store before or since.

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    Here's my thrift store find, and I'm so happy I didn't have to go to Russia to get it!

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    This is another thrift shop find I got for $10. Has a nice 17j automatic movement. Runs good. Just put a $3 NOS band on it.

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    Nice find, if memory serves me correctly Paul Breguette was something to do with EBEL

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    I've been pretty lucky at the thrift store. Here are a couple:Name:  enic-2.jpg
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    Akkorn "Time After Time" Zodiac Goldenline Chronometre Automatic, Girard Perregaux, Tag Heuer
    professional, Gruen "Bond 510", Enicar, Bulova, Benrus, Sovereign, Westclox, Elgin Pocket, Cyma pocket Seiko, Gruen, Cyma pocket Seiko

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    Excuse me Akkorn, but may I have the address of your thrift store. Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by busmatt View Post
    Nice find, if memory serves me correctly Paul Breguette was something to do with EBEL

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    Yes sir! No one really knows when Ebel abolished the name but I think this watch is from the 50's. I'm not real certain of that though.Just going by ranfft with the AS1361 movement.
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    Very nice looking Elgin, elegant proportions and beautifully done dial, dirt cheap. I Got a very good deal recently in a local Antiques market, not exactly a thrift store but close enough I think. I purchased a bag of watches for $10, 9 watches were of the entry level quartz drugstore variety and then I saw this One; 1953 Omega Seamaster with 354 bumper watch. It was not working at the time and the original crown was stripped and kept falling off the stem. I gave it a clean and oil service, cleaned the Yellowed dial, polished the scratched crystal and replaced the crown with a new correct signed crown. The watch now resides in my daily rotation watchbox and keeps time to the tune of - 10 Seconds per day for less than $70 out of pocket costs. As far as I can tell the watch is all original except for the too short Seconds. hand I've attached some before and after photos.
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    Why, the second hand looks correct to me. In the third and fourth picture, it appears to be the correct length. Moreover, picture no. 3 does not appear to have been taken at an angle, and so there is no optical illusion of the second hand being too short.

    Anyway... A beautiful watch!
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