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Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#1 Post by GJH » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:30 am

Not sure if you all have been able to plow through Fred's book yet,
But in the making of his book, I was able to find LOTS of
what Fred calls "Fantastic Finds" I have some to show here and would love it
if you folks have discovered some specimens that have surfaced.

PLEASE POST THEM, IF YOU FIND THEM!!!

Here is a rare trifecta of the Greyhound, Motor Coach, and a rare custom
dial Off Duty. (Right to left)

(Remember... one good find, pays for the set!)

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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#2 Post by SFC » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:54 pm

Right to left? for the different models
I have slowed down on buying watches but still managed to have added a couple Illinois that I would say are fantastic. I need some better light to take pics... later this week

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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#3 Post by semroc » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:28 pm

Those are beauties GJH. Those hands on the greyhound are awesome.

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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#4 Post by GJH » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:30 am

Thanks folks... yes, right to left!
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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#5 Post by GJH » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:24 am

Here is another FF from Fred's book.
There are only 2 known examples of the Decagon.

If you don't have Fred's book at this point, I highly recommend it.

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Here is the original ad from Fred's book.

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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#6 Post by Magpie » Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:17 pm

Here is a rare trifecta of the Greyhound, The Motorcoach, and a rare custom dial Off Duty.
A small correction: the name is "Motor Coach" (2 words), with no "The."

One might say that discovering the identity of this heretofore unknown model was itself a "Fantastic Find"! ;) (Quite a tale, and recounted in full in Fred's new book.)

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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#7 Post by GJH » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:00 pm

Magpie wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Here is a rare trifecta of the Greyhound, The Motorcoach, and a rare custom dial Off Duty.
A small correction: the name is "Motor Coach" (2 words), with no "The."

One might say that discovering the identity of this heretofore unknown model was itself a "Fantastic Find"! ;) (Quite a tale, and recounted in full in Fred's new book.)
Thanks B...
Corrected in the post. For all of you who don’t know, it was actually Magpie that discovered the Motor Coach, through her incredible sleuthing. Please check out Fres’s Book for more details.
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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#8 Post by SFC » Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:07 pm

This is one of the Hamilton-Illinois watches from the mid 50's.. Given at the Insurance City Open in Connecticut to Bill Whedon. The I.C.O. is a PGA tour event (it has since been renamed as the Travelers Championship). At this tournament in 1955 Bill Whedon became the first golfer to ever hit two holes-in-one in the same round at a PGA Tour event. The tournament was won by Sam Snead in 1955 and Arnold Palmer won it the next year in 1956. I attached a photo of Bill Whedon with his custom license plate and the two clubs he used for the hole-in-ones. I purchased this watch because it was either displaced or unwanted and I figured it was better off with me for the time being.

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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#9 Post by GJH » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:57 am

AMAZING FIND!!!

The Hamilton/Illinois line is the next big collector IMO.

With the full identification section in Fred's new book,
We now know the names of them ALL.

WOW.
Very cool.

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Re: Fantastic Finds Fred's New book...

#10 Post by SFC » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:36 pm

Yes, it is a cool find and quite an amazing feat. To be honest I don't really need this one. I don't enjoy seeing watches like this one left behind. An engraving celebrating a unique and rather impressive achievement has a different feeling than the typical service watch that is abandoned... "congrats you had a job and you went to it for 25 years" ;) I have been too lazy to investigate if the guy is still around to ask him what the hell happened to his watch and if he wants it back

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