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by mrtoad
Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: A rare one found...
Replies: 31
Views: 6357

Re: A rare one found...

I think your surmise about the repairs is correct. My case has been repaired from the outside with gold solder. Because the solder tarnishes at a rate different from that of the gold alloy of the case itself, I can sometimes see the repairs when the watch isn't recently polished. (Remember, 14K is a...
by mrtoad
Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: What are you wearing today?
Topic: weekend watches 01/12-01/13/13
Replies: 4
Views: 1213

Re: weekend watches 01/12-01/13/13

Elgin Presentation 212, a Christmas present from my wife (magpie)

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by mrtoad
Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Elgin Watch Forum
Topic: Elgin William Osler Model 18/0 522 15j 1937
Replies: 8
Views: 4268

Re: Elgin William Osler Model 18/0 522 15j 1937

My mother had an Osler, which has come down to me, complete with original box. I think she must have bought it for the sweep seconds: she was, when she bought it, coaching women's basketball at Arkansas State College (now University). There was indeed a ladies' version ("nurse's watch") very similar...
by mrtoad
Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: A rare one found...
Replies: 31
Views: 6357

Re: A rare one found...

Fred says he'd like the story of how you found the watch for his Fantastic Finds column in the NAWCC Bulletin.

(My 650 show signs of the lugs' being resoldered. This is a different dial from my 650, but I think Greg has one like yours.)
by mrtoad
Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: A rare one found...
Replies: 31
Views: 6357

Re: A rare one found...

Holy cow! Your first Illinois, and you've stumbled onto one of the rarest! The name of this model is unknown; it's known to collectors just by the case number, "No. 650". If you want to know more about this model, look at Fred Friedberg's book The Illinois Watch . I think the case design is weak at ...
by mrtoad
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: European Watch Forum
Topic: pics???
Replies: 27
Views: 6562

Re: pics???

I get my best results with a flatbed scanner. Resolution varies according to how I crop the scan, but, for example, the little Elgin ladies' watches with bar movements turn out to be about 25 MP. A scan of a movement easily blows up to poster size: I can see specks of dust on the hairspring. I also ...
by mrtoad
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Model 250
Replies: 19
Views: 4139

Re: Model 250

Rick, if you like the Elgin, keep a watch on Fred's series in the Bulletin. Bettie has found out who the original owner was and what the inscription means.

Jim
by mrtoad
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Model 250
Replies: 19
Views: 4139

Re: Model 250

I've tried to upload pictures of my two "numbered" Illinois watches, but I keep getting an error message, "Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached." If anyone can get me around this error, I'll post directly. Instead, for the moment I've posted them to my own Web site, " http://www.mrtoad...
by mrtoad
Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Model 250
Replies: 19
Views: 4139

Re: Model 250

Now that I have the watch in hand and have had time to do a little work on it, I'll confess to being the buyer of the No. 250 that was on eBay earlier this month. It was a lot more than I typically spend, but it was at the lower end of the estimates in Fred's book, so I took a chance on it. The No. ...
by mrtoad
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Pocket Watch Forum
Topic: 12 Size Salesman's Display Case?
Replies: 4
Views: 2111

Re: 12 Size Salesman's Display Case?

Yes, there were salesmen's cases for 12 size PW's, and they do come up occasionally on eBay. In fact, Steve Mitchell (watchpartsrus) had one listed just last week (his site is a good source for all sorts of watchly things). Just keep looking, and you're sure to find one eventually.