Watches, watches, watches (caution: modem burner)

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Post by CMur12 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:57 pm

I've loved time pieces since I was a young boy, so thank you all for the photos. I also enjoyed the video with the link that Chris provided.

I don't have any exotics, myself, but my treasure is a 1912 model 992 Hamilton railroad watch that is in beautiful condition.

I also have the Caravelle 17-jewel, manual-wind watch, made by Bulova, that I got for Christmas 51 years ago when I was eleven. I wore it traveling around Latin American in 1973, when I lived in South America between 1975 and 1977, and in Portugal between 1978 and 1981. I fell into the Amazon River between a couple of boats and slammed it against the hull of one of them as I went down. A couple of years later, back in the US, when I blanched at the cost of a cleaning and a new crown, the jeweler remarked that the works were worth it. I have been wearing this watch for the last couple of years in recognition of its half-century in my possession. In the case of this watch, it's the personal history that makes it dear.

A problem I have when contemplating most of the new men's watches is that I am very fine boned and my wrist is only about 6.5" around. As such, most modern men's watches are huge. My Caravelle, made before men's watches started growing so large, is only about 33mm across.

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Post by Bobwhite » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:16 pm

I like old pocket watches. A friend of mine who repairs watches sold me a 1950's mechanical railroad pocket watch. it keeps good time, and modern blue jeans still have a pocket to accommodate the watch. I like to wind it too.

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Post by Squire » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:03 am

Me too Bob, do you know which make and model you have?
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Post by malocchio » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:44 am

I like pocket watches as well,mine is an old Hamilton.
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Post by maskaggs » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:49 am

I like the faces of pocket watches - generally, better than wristwatches - but know they would be utterly useless for me. I can get away with a certain degree of traditional men's accoutrements, but the pocketwatch is a bridge too far.
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Post by Squire » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:19 pm

They do have personality though.
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Post by jww » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:24 pm

Would love to own a pocket watch --- one of those old British railroad conductor watches with a fob and chain.
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Post by Squire » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:18 pm

I wouldn't have been surprised to see Morse pull one out.
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Post by Bobwhite » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:51 pm

Squire wrote:Me too Bob, do you know which make and model you have?

It's called Hamilton Railway Special. It looks allot like the one posted, except it has a bar above the stem. To change the time I unscrew the crystal, then pull out a small lever. Then I can dial in the time with the stem.

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Post by Squire » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:12 pm

They are very similar and the movements have much in common. The Traffic Special was a 17 jewel civilian model and the Railway Special is the 21 jewel fully adjusted official railroad model, the 992b, one of the most famous watches in the history of horology.

Properly timed both models are capable of the highest timekeeping standards.
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Post by brothers » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:20 am

I'd love to see photos of one of those!
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Post by Rufus » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:28 am

I'd love to add a railroad-style pocket watch for every day use, but I fear SWMBO would slaughter me given the money I have tied up in my current small collection, not to mention my +100 vintage and modern fountain pens, my 22 shaving brushes and my 12 sand cast reproduction candlesticks. The 5 watches I currently own, and use are: Patek Philippe Calatrava, Omega Constellation, Omega Seamaster Co-axial, Heuer Carrera (1982) and 18c gold Vacheron Constantin pocket watch; all are automatics except for the VC which is manual wind.
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Post by jww » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:55 am

Squire wrote:I wouldn't have been surprised to see Morse pull one out.
Mmm .... 'cept I can't recall ever seeing him wear a vested suit. Chief Superintendent Strange on the other hand .......
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Post by Squire » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:03 pm

Vest is optional. I expect Morse's taylor would know how to add a discrete pocket for the watch.
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Post by JRTASTER » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:52 pm

Squire wrote:Vest is optional. I expect Morse's taylor would know how to add a discrete pocket for the watch.
I suppose Morse may have had a tailor but one from Saville Row seems unlikely.
And since in more than one episode he walked into a pub expecting to be served after time had been called suggests to
me he wasn't one to frequently reference a personal timepiece.
But Morse seemed to me a man of many contradictions, at times ultra-sensitive, at other times seemingly oblivious to
the sensibilities with others.
Morse was uniquely Morse... wish he and Thaw were both still with us.
Enjoying wet shaving, again.
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Post by Rufus » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:50 pm

Squire wrote:Vest is optional. I expect Morse's taylor would know how to add a discrete pocket for the watch.
He strikes me as being a Moss Bros type.
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Post by Bobwhite » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:52 pm

This is inside the back cover. (if the attachment worked)
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Post by Bobwhite » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:57 pm

Well, the attachment worked, but it sure is BIG! It fits nicely in the pocket watch pocket of my blue jeans. It's hard to believe they still make those pockets in blue jeans. The other side looks almost identical to Malocchio's watch.

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Post by CMur12 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:06 am

That's beautiful, Bob!

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Post by Kyle76 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:49 pm

Here are pictures of my grandfather's watch. I never met him as he died when my mother was 10 years old.

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