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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #150 on: October 01, 2007, 01:11:01 am »
A stunning little collection Lady Almira.
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #151 on: October 01, 2007, 06:38:39 am »

     My high-tech husband was commenting that pocketwatches are making a comeback in his field because not wearing a wristwatch band decreases the probabliity of repetitive wrist/hand injuries for those who type on keyboards all day.  He has quit wearing a wristwatch himself & uses his cell phone as his "watch".

I feel that in the future, they will become curiosities, as more and more people realize it is redundant to carry a phone or PDA with a clock, as well as a second device that only tells the time.  I don't look at my wrist for the time any more - however, I find its frustrating that I often forget my phone.  What I really need is a fob for my phone, or perhaps I can adapt it to fit on my wrist!  :))

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #152 on: October 05, 2007, 03:56:33 am »
Oi! Those ARE a bunch of really nice watches Lady Almira. Speaking of watches, I've recently picked up a mechanical wrist watch. On the face it says:
Waltham,
17 jewel,
shockresistant,
selfwinding.
On the back it says:
Antimagnetic,
shockresistant,
waterproof,
Base metal bezel
and stainless steel back.
When I open it up on the inside it says:
Waltham watch CO.
33 ontop of a T shape and on both sides it says UC
17 jewels.

Without digging further that's all I see. Anyone know how much, or where I can find out how much it's worth? I imagine quite a bit... I would also take some pictures of it, but I do not have my computer in a convenient spot right now. When I get pictures I'll be sure to post them.

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #153 on: October 06, 2007, 03:02:18 am »
Oi! Those ARE a bunch of really nice watches Lady Almira. Speaking of watches, I've recently picked up a mechanical wrist watch. On the face it says:
...
When I get pictures I'll be sure to post them.

Cheerio,
Markus
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I'm sorry to say that I can't help with your appraisal, but all the best of luck to you.  :)

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #154 on: October 06, 2007, 03:17:52 am »
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #155 on: October 06, 2007, 08:17:07 am »
Truly stunning, I would love one of those skeletons.

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #156 on: October 07, 2007, 03:21:57 pm »
Oi! Those ARE a bunch of really nice watches Lady Almira. Speaking of watches, I've recently picked up a mechanical wrist watch. On the face it says:
Waltham,
17 jewel,
shockresistant,
selfwinding.
On the back it says:
Antimagnetic,
shockresistant,
waterproof,
Base metal bezel
and stainless steel back.
When I open it up on the inside it says:
Waltham watch CO.
33 ontop of a T shape and on both sides it says UC
17 jewels.

Without digging further that's all I see. Anyone know how much, or where I can find out how much it's worth? I imagine quite a bit... I would also take some pictures of it, but I do not have my computer in a convenient spot right now. When I get pictures I'll be sure to post them.

Cheerio,
Markus

Get me a picture (a good one) of the movement, and the serial number on it, and I can get you some info on the watch. Get me a picture of the face and case as they are, and an estimate of its overall condition , and I can work out a value..

Cheers
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #157 on: October 07, 2007, 05:30:19 pm »
Finally found the website I got mine from a year or two ago:
http://www.sarome-uk.com

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #158 on: October 07, 2007, 06:29:10 pm »
Ok Harold,




Will these work for you? I removed the old fake leather band to replace it with my own.
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PS, I can't find a serial number anywhere. Any ideas?

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #159 on: October 07, 2007, 06:34:13 pm »
Don't sweat the serial.. seeing the watch , tells me it probably won;t have one (its one of the later ones)
Back at you in a bit...

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #160 on: October 07, 2007, 06:51:42 pm »

     I have great respect for the labour of the fusee makers (often workhouse girls) after seeing a demonstration of it on "Worst Jobs in the Victorian Era" with Tony Robinson as presenter.

     Vienna

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #161 on: October 07, 2007, 06:56:05 pm »
I missed that one... did they show the "burn-out-the-paper-spacer" trick for getting the link spacing right? Fusee chain is a real bear to work with...
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #162 on: October 07, 2007, 07:23:47 pm »
Ok.. on that Waltham wristwatch..
 Some quick digging in my parts books tells me that the UTC33 movement is a "Universal Time Corporation" movement. UTC was actually formed by Seiko in the 1960's with the aim of supplying movements to the industry. Your UTC 33 is based on the Seiko 6601, and uses a ball bearing based rotor and a Kif-Duofix shock system.
  All in all, its a well made movement, easily as good as an equivalent Swiss (and actually better than some) movement.
I'll see what value I can find, but that's a very nice example of a 1960's Waltham with a not-so common movement.

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #163 on: October 07, 2007, 07:26:31 pm »

     Dear Harold,

     I don't remember them using paper spacers at all.

     Vienna

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #164 on: October 07, 2007, 07:40:25 pm »
Its a trick my watchmaker uses, as some of the proper  fusee tools are now non-existent. He says it was taught to him when he was apprenticed in England. He did say he's only done 3 fusee watches in the last 10 years or so..

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #165 on: October 07, 2007, 09:02:27 pm »

     Dear Harold,

    Your watchmaker has my deepest respect.  Even the living history demonstrator/expert had to be careful with the tiny, fussy bits of metal and the presenter found it near impossible.

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #166 on: October 07, 2007, 09:06:54 pm »
Al started as an apprentice in the The British Watch & Clock Makers' Guild.  He's been a watchmaker on his own for at least 40 years..
He's the one I entrust the maintenance of my vintage pocket watches to, and he's a great fellow as well. It was he who started teaching me watch repair..
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #167 on: October 08, 2007, 07:42:34 pm »
I bought this today for £1.00
It's a Smiths.


It doesn't work but it's going to the menders tomorrow...

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #168 on: October 08, 2007, 07:43:31 pm »
Neat find, where'd you get it?

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #169 on: October 08, 2007, 07:50:05 pm »
Looks VERY similar to the earlier westclox units.  Nice, simple design that I don't mind messing with!
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #170 on: October 08, 2007, 10:26:31 pm »
I bought this today for £1.00
It's a Smiths.


It doesn't work but it's going to the menders tomorrow...

Did you aquire it from a charity shop?

I only ask, as I seem to do 80% of my non-food related shopping in them these days...

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #171 on: October 08, 2007, 10:52:11 pm »

Did you aquire it from a charity shop?

I only ask, as I seem to do 80% of my non-food related shopping in them these days...
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #172 on: October 08, 2007, 11:34:03 pm »
I bought this today for £1.00
It's a Smiths.


It doesn't work but it's going to the menders tomorrow...

Interesting. Does the case back have the broad arrow on it? I have seen a few Smiths like that before, might be able to dig up some
background on it. Usually (but not always) pocket watches in that configuration with a winding crown at 18:00 were designed for military or automotive use, the style being very popular in WWI. I have a German pocket watch from 1915 that's very similar. It was used in the early Zepps..
Cheers
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PS - really nice find!
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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #173 on: October 08, 2007, 11:40:29 pm »
I work for Help the Aged..

I'll take that as a vague affirmative then!

Usually, this is my timepiece of choice:


But I'm quite favouring this model at the moment:


It shows the time via a series of blue LEDs, which is quite easy, once you get the hang of it!

I know it's not a pocket watch, and it's more Art Deco than Steampunk, but it does look very nice...

...even though someone did say it looked like a toaster.

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Re: Master Pocketwatch Thread
« Reply #174 on: October 08, 2007, 11:57:56 pm »
This is the one I'm wearing today.. Custom Seiko "Black Monster" with a Seiko SKX173 dial, and a Seiko SKX007 hands.



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