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Re: Engraving Photos

#11 Post by norm650 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Here are some of my favorites:
Cushion Form WGF: What's in a name? (a little hard to read in this photo) Luis C. Lewis
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Cushion WG: Simple and elegant!
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Square '25 WG: This is one of my favorites although I cannot find anything on the Company nor Mr. Leimbach. This watch is really in near mint condition and I believe that it's because the watch was hardly worn. Here's my thinking: this is a 50 year presentation, so the owner is probably at least 70 years old. In the '20's that would be considered very old! He was probably born in the 1850's and if he wore a watch it was a pocket watch. He probably wore this pocket watch until his death and only wore this "new fangled wrist watch" on special occasions. This is only a surmise, but the condition of the watch does support it.
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Drake WGF
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Lowell YG: Could not find any information on the Vortex Club nor the owner of the watch.
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Cushion WGF: A few weeks before the crash!
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Girard Perregaux SS '40's
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Square Eng. '29 GG: Interesting that the watch was inscribed 9 years after it's production.
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Andrews '33 WG: This is my favorite inscription, it's right out of a 1930's gangster picture, This watch wasn't engraved until 2 years after it was produced (probably sat on the shelf due to the depression). it cost $110 in the height of the depression. Think of who could afford this watch. Who are the "friends of District A" (sounds like those people wanted to be left anonymous!). I could not find any info. on Mr. Blitz or Wilson & Co. I like to think that this watch was used to bribe Mr. Blitz by the friends of District A.
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Re: Engraving Photos

#12 Post by Endicott » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:29 pm

Just some, I guess three or four others have also engravings, but I didn't have a pic of them yet. I like these details about a watch, even if I do not find out who it was. Even then it gives the watch a kind of "character" a name you can try to imagine who it was and why he got this piece, what it meant to him ...

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Re: Engraving Photos

#13 Post by SeanO » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:07 pm



Square 1


unknown Swiss


Granddads 21st Birthday prezzie


Cyma with 334


Square 2


A Ross


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#14 Post by norm650 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:34 pm

This is an update of information on my '25 Square WG, kindly supplied by member garyy. Thanks so much Gary!
Mr. Gebhard Leimbach 10/03/1846-08/03/1935: Mr. Leimbach was born in Germany and was with the B&O Railroad for more than 50 years as the General Emigrant Agent. He also served in the same capacity for the North German Lloyd. He was a veteran of the CIVIL WAR, having been in the Navy, serving on the U.S. ships Mystic and Minnesota. He was an active member of the Republican Party. He was a director of the American Bank and later the Equitable Trust Company, he was also president of the J.D. Lucas Printing Company.
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#15 Post by 3aremine » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:25 pm

The Leimbach watch really caught my eye. I know it's an old post but would love to know more. Actually your thought that this wasn't worn often is correct. He carried a Railroad Watch with his initials engraved on the back. I know this as a fact as I have that pocket watch. I am his great grandson and found this original post accidentally. I Would love to be able to purchase this from you at some point. It would really mean a lot.
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#16 Post by GreenBayStamps » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:29 pm

Dr. Van Horns' Service Award Watch (Van Horn is believed to be the impetus of Hamilton Electric, holding and being involved in many of the patents!) The Godfather!
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Mr. Franseen would have been at the Bank, as the Oracle of Omaha (Warren Buffett) was setting up his early savings accounts!
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#17 Post by retroworx » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:57 am

Dr. Van Horns' Service Award Watch
Un-freaking believable that you own that watch Pat!!!

Please start a separate thread on it and tell us the story of how you acquired it! (I guess if on eBay it will be a short story, LOL)
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Re: Engraving Photos

#18 Post by Mugea » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:41 am

The possibilities of the internet today are just awesome…..

My 76 years old father recently bought a Rutledge. Said Rutlegde has an unusual engraving on the back:

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So we began to wonder, who this George K. Manson was, to whom an expensive platinum watch was presented in 1941. Thanks to the internet, the questions were answered quiet fast. First of all, I found George K. Mason’s Obituary on the net:
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Next I found on the net a monthly published magazine “Telephone Topics”, what was the newsletter for the employees of the New England Telephone Company. In the issue of November, 1943, page 26,I found a photo showing the (former) Chief Engineer George K. Manson (second from right):
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Seems, he’s looking on his watch:
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Finally, I found out from another source, that he, being a Major of the “Signal Officer's Reserve Corps, not on active service” “organised the 401st Telegraph Battalion, from the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company” in 1917. And there’s a book “The 401st Telegraph Battalion in the World War” published in 1921, what’s available on the net too. And there’s an even better photo of Major George K. Manson:
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All in all: it’s just great, what can be researched on the net with some clicks….. the only thing what’s not clear yet: the occasion of the presentation: Manson was in 1941 65 years old and it was his 50th year working for the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.

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Re: Engraving Photos

#19 Post by Nookster » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:43 pm

My favorite engraving on the back of my Pinehurst, "To Mark from the Cleveland Gang."

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Re: Engraving Photos

#20 Post by afire » Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:53 am

A 1920s Patek Philippe posted in the European forum.
Real men wear small watches.

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