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JerryT
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Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

#41 Post by JerryT » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:50 pm

I also agree on the Hamilton 900. Between the bridge style and the spotted finish it is one of the nicest looking American 12-size movements.
My 0-size Waltham Riverside Maximus is in a case from the American Watch Case Co. (New York, not the Toronto AWCCo).

SFC - I love that Gruen, especially with the exploding numerals! Do you know when it was made?

Here are a few other shaped cases (“novelties” in the American case industry) from around 1919. All three have Waltham 10-size Colonial-A movements.
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#42 Post by BW Raymond » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:26 pm

Very nice, "other shaped cases"
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Here is a mid range 12 size 1910 Elgin G.M. Wheeler. I sometimes wear this as
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Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

#43 Post by BW Raymond » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:31 am

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Just a side note on my G.M. Wheeler above it does say
adjusted in two places on the movement(and all the numbers do match).
So this is a very special double adjusted mid grade 12 size Elgin ;)
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Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

#44 Post by afire » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:05 pm

JerryT wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:50 pm
SFC - I love that Gruen..
Here are a few other shaped cases (“novelties” in the American case industry)...
On the subject of Gruens and odd shaped cases, here are a few Gruen "novelties" (love that nomenclature). None are mine.
Platinum Pentagon:
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If you make enough of them, do they cease to be a novelty? ;)

Enameled Octagon:
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And my favorite, a multi-colored enameled...Cushion?
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Real men wear small watches.

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Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

#45 Post by SFC » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:25 pm

Jerry, I assume my sterling Gruen with the exploding numerals is slightly earlier than the examples you posted but this is just a suspicion.. I really don't know.

I have this keywind/keyset movement that was put into a stemwind case. The guy had his key highly modified and soldered to the stemwind (knurled) crown. It then frictions into the case and looks like a stemwind watch... but if you pull up the crown like if you were to set the time you end up with the key in your hand. I have always thought that the guy who did this couldn't afford a new watch with the newer technology and modified his so that he would fit in with the hotshots with the new watches.

The fine work from the pre-wristwatch period isn't even limited to decorated movements and beautiful cases it extends further into the chains, fobs, and even winding keys... Much personalized for or by the original owner. My best fobs and chains have no makers marks or gold content hallmarks and I use the term "sophisticated" to describe collecting these items because your dealing with the unique... a lot of this stuff can can't even be precisely dated, or identified in anyway.

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#46 Post by BW Raymond » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:30 pm

Here is a 12 size 1929 Hamilton Secometer it's not fancy but I like the
revolving seconds. It has a fixed bow in a Hamilton factory case.
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Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

#47 Post by JerryT » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:12 pm

BW Raymond wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:30 pm
Here is a 12 size 1929 Hamilton Secometer it's not fancy but I like the
revolving seconds. It has a fixed bow in a Hamilton factory case. ...
I like the deeply carved details on the bezel and body of the case.

Here is an Illinois watch with an unusual acid-etched pattern on the back.
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#48 Post by JerryT » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:01 am

Getting back to the ladies' watches, here are two lovely guilloche-enameled examples that I recently acquired. Both are from Waltham between 1910 and 1913. The larger one is about the size of a 25-cent piece. The movements are the diameter of nickel. Waltham was trying to seriously compete with some of the Swiss imports at this time.
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Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

#49 Post by BW Raymond » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:40 pm

Those are both very nice, the sapphire blue one on the right is
really beautiful.

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