A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

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    A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

    This 1879 AWC waltham is running and the dial is mint. There are a couple small cracks in the top of the crystal, and the case is heavy coin silver. The watch is running great and the lever set works perfect. Now the story: This is the third one of these I have seen at auction this year. The first wasn't running and the bidder got it for $125, which I thought was to much. The second one wasn't running either and was missing the second hand with a cracked dial. It brought $95. I really liked this one and it is in better shape than the other 2 were. The guys that bought the other 2 were at this auction also so I kicked the bidding off at $50. No one else bid! I hope a few more come around.
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    Re: A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

    Thanks for posting, it is not so often we see the 1879 model here. And it looks to be in its original case. I love silver cased watches, they pass under the radar of the gold scrappers. Have you found a bow for it? It could need a clean and oil as the regulator is off the scale. Live auction? There were 53100 made of the 1879 11j Wm Ellery. I wonder how many are left.
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    Re: A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

    I see (on the 'bay) you are flipping this one as well as the Roamer - pity. I had hoped you would keep it, as it is
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    Re: A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

    Sorry trim, wristwatches are my thing and I flip most of my pocketwatches to pay for that habit. I keep the cheaper pocketwatches, and they are starting to grow on me. Pretty soon I won't be able to sell any watches, then I'll need a bigger place as I already have over a thousand in my collection.

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    Re: A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

    Quote Originally Posted by lowme55 View Post
    Sorry trim, wristwatches are my thing and I flip most of my pocketwatches to pay for that habit. I keep the cheaper pocketwatches, and they are starting to grow on me. Pretty soon I won't be able to sell any watches, then I'll need a bigger place as I already have over a thousand in my collection.
    1,000 Sheesh! I thought I had a real Jones at 200!! And I've never flipped a timepiece so I thought I was accumulating rapidly. I guess not

    I'm trying to catalog my collection... I almost can't imagine how long that would take you.

    (If you are near Columbus, PM me. I'd love to see the set...)
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

    Eeeb, I try to catalog my watches using Excel. Do you know of a no cost database program that might make this task more sophisticated?
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    Re: A.W.Co. Waltham pocket watch with story

    I've done a thorough review of numerous cataloging method for hobbies and you can't beat this:
    1. make a folder to contain all your watch info
    2. make one subfolder per watch. I use the watch brand, if it's an auto or bumper, if it's gold, and movement (if known) for the folder name .. ie "tradition_as1674_auto"
    3. I put all photos of the watch in the folder for that watch
    4. I make one ascii file to store all the info about the watch. I use a xml template but any kind of template would do

    I can use normal text editors for editing / adding info about a watch

    I can easily copy stuff from one watch to another (ie group photos)

    I can use normal photo browsing software to look at photos.

    I don't require any specialised programs

    Expandability is limited only to disk space

    Speed is not affected as collection increases

    and here's the cool part:
    I can use normal folder search programs to search for simple of complex info (ie all Benrus watches with eta auto movements)

    Since I use linux machines, I use rsync to maintain a working copy on both my home machine and my work machine so my info is where I normally am

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