FRED'S BOOK: Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton Years - WHO GOT EM... CHECK IN

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Re: FRED'S BOOK: Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton Years - WHO GOT EM... CHECK IN

#31 Post by JackW » Fri May 11, 2018 7:45 pm

GJH wrote:
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Jack,
You must have ordered early. I thought Fred was only giving out cats.
I noticed the black dog in the last photo with the books.
If I had known, I may have gone with a cat and a dog. :D
Congrats!
G
Fred sent me a copy of Patrick's cat too with the dog. Sorry you missed out.
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Re: FRED'S BOOK: Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton Years - WHO GOT EM... CHECK IN

#32 Post by 441victor » Fri May 11, 2018 9:04 pm

Mine arrived in Orlando on Wed. I started reading just after I cleared out a place of honor on the shelves next to the couch.

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Salute Fred, Joel

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#33 Post by GJH » Sun May 13, 2018 7:33 am

My cat just finished Vol. 2

If I had known Fred was offering 2 Tone Cats, I may have gone for one.
I am told they are always rarer in 2 Tone.

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#34 Post by Magpie » Sun May 13, 2018 4:53 pm

No signs of eyestrain there, but your cat does look a bit stunned by what it's just been reading in Vol. 2 -- there's so much new information to absorb about movements and dials! (I expect it was intrigued by the new research on sparkle dials. And of course, being a cat and interested in watching anything that moves, it would be fascinated by movements . . .)

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#35 Post by GJH » Sun May 13, 2018 5:12 pm

The cat is exhausted from all the incredible information in the first 2 Volumes...
On to Vol 3.

I really don't want to spoil anything, so just let me genaralize.

I really hope folks start at the beginning and work their way through in order.
The story/players in Vol 1, just incredible
The New information in Vol 2 equally incredible and let me tell you, that info on the sparkle dials is mind blowing,
and the photos/research just wonderful.

Every turn of the pages just makes me go, WOW (I mean Meow)

The work that went into this really takes time to absorb, tons of cool stuff.
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Re: FRED'S BOOK: Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton Years - WHO GOT EM... CHECK IN

#36 Post by Constantin » Mon May 14, 2018 12:12 pm

I got the books finally! I have a lot to read and no cat to help me...
Impressive work Fred!

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#37 Post by GJH » Wed May 16, 2018 8:53 am

Just finished the 5 volume series last night... WOW.

Vol. 5 has a LONG Quiz... 750 questions

That is the only remaining thing to do, and that looks like FUN!!!

Question #750 is the ONE to get.

Anyway, PLEASE read it from the beginning.

I know folks are going to go right to Vols. 3-4 for the ID stuff, but the STORY
of the company is SO interesting and it reads like a mystery novel solved.

Fred takes you through, step by step and you get to know all the players along the way.

I don't want to spoil anything, so just enjoy it.

I was reading Rene's wonderful post in the Hamilton section so I thought I would
share it over here in the Illinois area.

For those of you who don't know, Rene is the Leading expert on Hamilton and
an amazing author. His book commands many times the original asking price,
and they are next to impossible to find.

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From Rene:

I received my books this week and I have to say in all honesty that it vastly exceeds my expectations -- and those were very high indeed. I'm blown away. I had read the entire text when I offered to proofread it but the illustrations in that draft version were not complete and not laid out. Seeing everything in finished form was a revelation.

There are hundreds and hundreds of pictures, exquisitely presented. Endless eye candy. But what really matters is how breathtakingly comprehensive it is. We're talking 5 volumes! Anything and everything you can possibly think of is in here, plus a lot you never even considered. Obviously the focus is on Illinois, but there are massive amounts of information about Hamilton as well, and not just the Hamilton-Illinois connection. Fred unearthed some wonderful treasures from the Ravel stash that relate to Hamilton watches of almost all eras.

You name it, it's here in spades. Everything you ever wanted to know about every case maker, or strap/band maker, plus dials and hands, movements, ephemera, memorabilia, tips on collecting, even Hamilton's run-in with the government for anti-trust violations -- which was news to me.

Fred has set the bar very, very high for any future horological books. The amount detail is mind-boggling.

Seriously, I can't recommend this book set highly enough. If you haven't already bought it, you definitely should. It's worth every penny. Knowledge is power in watch collecting. This will expand your knowledge way beyond anything you could imagine.
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Re: FRED'S BOOK: Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton Years - WHO GOT EM... CHECK IN

#38 Post by Findingtime » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:49 am

Late to the party but I just got done reading the set.

An amazing read Fred!

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Re: FRED'S BOOK: Illinois Watch & Its Hamilton Years - WHO GOT EM... CHECK IN

#39 Post by FJF » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:55 pm

Thank you very much!
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