The Holy Grail has arrived

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The Holy Grail has arrived

#1 Post by Nookster » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:31 am

I saw one of these years ago at Fred's house. I always wanted one. Handy Dan was kind enough to point this guy my way. He wanted to know it's value. I called Fred and
asked him his opinion. I gave the value to the person and said, now that you know it's value, do you want to sell it. HE SAID YES. The original crystal was broken as the seller told me
and he had it replaced, but had the original taped up. Upon arrival, the new crystal also broke, so new one being made.

Fred's book will have more on these, and when they went from Illinois clocks to Hamilton clocks, but still had the Illinois cases.

It was owed by Mel Blanc (Bug's Bunny fame) and sold in the 90's and now to me. It's so awesome!


8 feet long
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WATCH CASE AND DIAL
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STRAP BUCKLE
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BOTTOM OF STRAP
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MEL BLANC WITH WATCH
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ORIGINAL AUCTION BROCHURE
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#2 Post by watchdoc » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:05 am

This one really brought a smile and a chuckle for me Mark! :)

I met Mel back in the 70's and was the nicest guy (not to mention naturally funny). We stood talking in front of his bank for 30 min. like old friends who hadn't seen each other for a while.

Congratulations, you scored well!!!! :mrgreen:
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#3 Post by Nookster » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:06 am

I would bet he was a super guy. When I saw the auction was at his house, I think how times have changed.

He obviously had the bug like the rest of us.
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#4 Post by semroc » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:13 am

Very cool. Thats the ultimate watch display piece!

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#5 Post by HandyDan » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:52 am

That's such a cool piece Mark. Congratulations and I'm glad you were able to get it. What era do you think it is from? My guess was the 1940's based on styling, maybe a little earlier. Any idea?
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#6 Post by scranger » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:43 pm

"Train now leaving on Track 5 for Anaheim, Azuza, and Cuc----amonga!"

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#7 Post by Nookster » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:16 pm

Lol. I remember that line. I'm told its approx age is 1931
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#8 Post by watchdoc » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:54 pm

"Azusa stands for everything from A to Z in the U.S.A." :shock:
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#9 Post by retroworx » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:44 am

Well, it certainly found the right home!
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#10 Post by jayf64 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:39 am

Very very cool!
I remember repairing a similar Illinois clock, for a friend who owned a shop in Santa Monica, over 20 years ago.
The aluminum case was cracked and I heli-arc welded it.

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