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by JerryT
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Ever Happened to Depollier and his Waterproof Case Designs?
Replies: 45
Views: 6387

Re: What Ever Happened to Depollier and his Waterproof Case Designs?

... What is also interesting is that in 1927 the General Watch Company obtained a patent for a waterproof crown. Looks very similar to me. https://i.imgur.com/GoVWP5C.png ... I am fascinated by this patent drawing. Was this a U.S. Patent? What was the patent number? It sure looks like the bow on St...
by JerryT
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Pocket Watch Forum
Topic: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!
Replies: 48
Views: 2266

Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

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...
by JerryT
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Pocket Watch Forum
Topic: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!
Replies: 48
Views: 2266

Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

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. 4891375.jpg
by JerryT
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Waltham Watch Forum
Topic: American Watch Company Pocket Watch
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Re: American Watch Company Pocket Watch

Your father left you a marvelous watch that most pocket watch collectors would give their eye-teeth for. It has Waltham’s 1868 model movement, finished in their highest grade, with 19 jewels and nickel plates. It was made between 1868 and 1872, and only around 150 were made in this grade. It is extr...
by JerryT
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Identifying serial -#
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Identifying serial -#

You should find a watchmaker who is familiar with American pocketwatches. I would not leave it at a shop that does not have the watchmaker in-house. I think many jewelers send their watch repairs out to job shops and you have no idea who is doing your service or how well qualified they are.
by JerryT
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Identifying serial -#
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Identifying serial -#

The serial number you cite is the number for the watch case, not the watch mechanism. There are no surviving factory records to make these case numbers meaningful. However, your watch movement, serial #3,190,422 (or 3,196,422 -- it is hard to read) is either a grade 305 (or grade 304). Either way it...
by JerryT
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Pocket Watch Forum
Topic: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!
Replies: 48
Views: 2266

Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

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 ...
by JerryT
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Pocket Watch Forum
Topic: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!
Replies: 48
Views: 2266

Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

Thanks JerryT, and BW. That link was great. I'm still trying to find out about the initials. Is it A L, you think. H L? There is a Helen Louise in our family. I think the first initial is clearly an "A" ... so I would interpret it as A.L. The monograms on these old pocket and pendant watches are so...
by JerryT
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Pocket Watch Forum
Topic: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!
Replies: 48
Views: 2266

Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

Great thread. Beautiful watches. My one pocket watch. Waltham. I think its 0 size. Doesn't run. Was given by my Uncle as a wedding gift. Family heirlooms are the best. Any info on it would be appreciated. Year, model, quality, jewel count. Your Waltham is a ladies watch from around 1903. As you sus...
by JerryT
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Pocket Watch Forum
Topic: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!
Replies: 48
Views: 2266

Re: gentlemans and ladies watches show them off!!

One nice thing about ladies watches is that, since they weren't constantly taken out of pockets, they are often still in lovely, unworn condition.
This is an 0-size hunting case I recently found -
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The only wear is on the bow where it hung on a chain.