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Author Topic: lookking for a good hefty heavy pocket watch no of any good sights to find one?  (Read 3605 times)
RATFINKBOYMICAH
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« on: December 28, 2011, 05:31:25 pm »

I'm tired of junky cheap china pocket watches there so thin an light I thick I could break lid off with my bare hands do you know of any good websights withh pocket watches that are hefty an heavy ?
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 05:58:06 pm »

There are some good pewter ones on amazon, apparently, including proper sprung ones. I got one for Christmas, and it's fairly hefty.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2011, 03:51:38 am »

I have a Flower Mechanical Pendant Watch from Steampunk Threads that I'm very happy with. It comes with just a simple chain for a necklace, but I picked up a cheap "bronze" (or "antique gold") pocket watch on ebay for a buck (free shipping) and got it a matching proper pocket watch chain that way.

It's a proper sprung watch, and weighs in at 70 grams (sans chains), as opposed to the 40 grams the cheap same-sized quartz pot metal watch comes in at, or the slightly more solid 55 grams my son's double-eagle bi-centennial commemorative pocketwatch weighs (again, all sans chains).

So that is one watch that I am very happy with, that has a decent weight and a nice, solid feel in my hand, and also has a nice lot of gears and things showing, which is also cool.

Generally, though, with my limited experience I'd look for a mechanical (sprung, wind-up) one rather than a quartz/battery-operated one. Ebay would probably have them for a good price; certainly they've got an insane amount of the cheap battery ones for about $5 and less. Which is awesome if you're finding that suddenly you can't stop buying them, ha ha ha oops.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2011, 07:06:01 am »

Older Russian pocket watches are quite bulky, but can be tough to find and a bit pricey depending on condition.  My usual pocket watch is Swiss-made from around 1900, picked it up in a local shop for $35.  Considering it was restored and is very quiet (you have to hold it directly against your ear to hear it tick) it was definitely under-priced.  Keep your eyes open at antique shops and flea markets, it's amazing what you can find.  Watches are one of those things I don't like buying online unless I know specifically what I am after and trust the dealer. 
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RATFINKBOYMICAH
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2011, 08:20:48 am »

Older Russian pocket watches are quite bulky, but can be tough to find and a bit pricey depending on condition.  My usual pocket watch is Swiss-made from around 1900, picked it up in a local shop for $35.  Considering it was restored and is very quiet (you have to hold it directly against your ear to hear it tick) it was definitely under-priced.  Keep your eyes open at antique shops and flea markets, it's amazing what you can find.  Watches are one of those things I don't like buying online unless I know specifically what I am after and trust the dealer. 
I go to many antique shops an see pocket watches but most of them I think don't work I saw one last week for 25 bucks but I think it was silver
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2012, 11:24:00 am »

I'm tired of junky cheap china pocket watches there so thin an light I thick I could break lid off with my bare hands do you know of any good websights withh pocket watches that are hefty an heavy ?


I bought three cheap Chinese pocket watches from Ebay.co.uk. Tow of them were rather light, and one of those arrived with a loose crystal which cracked as I popped it in. The seller refunded me half the cost when I informed him and suggested I would be happy with that option. The other two watches were nice and this one shown in the link is very sturdy and quite heavy. I don't have a scale that will weigh down to a few grammes but I'd say it is twice as heavy as the other two. I can't fault the case for appearance or feel.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/260844094994?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_7303wt_910

I'm no spring chicken and found the dial hard to read close up without reading glasses,  so I re-dialed it, first with a dial I printed out on a laser printer, and then with a spare dial from a  broken quartz pocket watch. I also swapped the pointers, which was a bit tricky and required a x10 loup and some hands pullers that I also go off ebay.I also swapped in the best movement from the watch with the cracked crystal and ended up with a really good watch. It gains 1.2 seconds an hour when flat and loses about the same when crown up in my trouser watch pocket so I can make sure it stays in time by controlling how it is oriented at night. After several days it is within ten seconds of the Greenwich time signal. I call that pretty good for a watch costing next to nothing.



I hope the picture shows up.

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RATFINKBOYMICAH
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012, 08:06:53 am »

Nice watch Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 08:57:25 am »

I'm tired of junky cheap china pocket watches there so thin an light I thick I could break lid off with my bare hands do you know of any good websights withh pocket watches that are hefty an heavy ?

i personally would advise a antique silver pocketwatch. Not the cheapest option, but a better investment of your money than a cheapo one , because if you ever decide you don't want it anymore -you can sell it on probably for the same or potentially more money. A modern one would have virtually no resale worth.
my chap bought a nice working solid silver pocketwatch in good nick for £75 not that long ago. I have a couple of ladies ones that i paid around the £40-£60 mark (i can't remember as it was a few years ago now!)
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2012, 06:16:51 am »

I second the idea of getting yourself an older pocket watch (Hamilton, Waltham, Elgin, etc.)  It will cost a bit more upfront but they'll last forever if well-kept and can be serviced by any decent watchmaker.

You can often find them at garage sales, antique shops, or eBay!
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