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.
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.
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.
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.
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.