Very Cool Find Over the Holidays - Grandfather's Old Pocket Watch from Army
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    Very Cool Find Over the Holidays - Grandfather's Old Pocket Watch from Army

    As I have recently gained an understanding and appreciation for timepieces, you can imagine my excitement to find this in a box full of my late grandfather's old army keepsakes.




    It is a Westclox "Pocket Ben" (Made in U.S.A) that definitely has had its fair share of usage. After my brief research, I believe it to have been manufactured in the 1960s or 1970s. I'm sure someone here could narrow it down much farther than that though.

    Cracked crystal



    Dented caseback



    Very large dome on this one. It appears to have been disrupted at one time and sits a bit off kilter.



    My favorite feature. It appears as though my grandfather made his own lanyard for this. I believe this is a tie cord from an army duffel bag, perhaps? Check out the copper wire banding on the knot.



    50 mm case diameter. I'm not sure how that compares to other older pocket watches but it seems very large to me.



    One for the artsy folks among us.




    Thanks for looking.

    -Grant
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    Re: Very Cool Find Over the Holidays - Grandfather's Old Pocket Watch from Army

    Congratulations, it's always nice to find a timepiece connected to a close family member. I would have the movement cleaned and regulated and never touch the exterior wear and tear. That shows its history.
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    Re: Very Cool Find Over the Holidays - Grandfather's Old Pocket Watch from Army

    I find it odd that your grand dad had a pocket watch as late as the 60's or even 70's.

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    Re: Very Cool Find Over the Holidays - Grandfather's Old Pocket Watch from Army

    Well, it very well could be older than that. I'm still unsure of the best method of dating this thing.

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    Re: Very Cool Find Over the Holidays - Grandfather's Old Pocket Watch from Army

    Quote Originally Posted by GrantHWorth View Post
    Well, it very well could be older than that. I'm still unsure of the best method of dating this thing.
    Try a post in the vintage forum. It would help to show the movement.

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    Re: Very Cool Find Over the Holidays - Grandfather's Old Pocket Watch from Army

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    Try a post in the vintage forum. It would help to show the movement.

    Thank you for the suggestion.

    Just started that thread here: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/hel...ml#post5819988

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