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 Post subject: Harman Watch Company
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:54 am 
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Anyone interested in Harman watches? My grandfather started the Harman Watch Company in New York City in 1933.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:41 am 
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How cool is that??

I am unfamiliar with the company, but I am a newbie. Do you have any photos of their watches to help educate me?

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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:58 am 
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Yes and I have also written a history of the Harman Watch Company. Attached are a few photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:03 am 
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Wow. I would guess those are NOS, lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:12 pm 
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Blackdog, Thanks for your post! I'm interested in hearing more about the company.

I have one Harman awaiting for restoration. The neat thing about this one, as you can see, is the Army Air Corp personalization on the back. Did Harman use ID cases on a regular bases? I'd enjoy reading the history. Where can one find your write-up? Is it published?

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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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Yes, Harman used cases made by the ID Watch Case Co. ID, was a New York City company that was in business from about 1930-1942. They also made 14K solid gold cases for Harman. Harman imported Swiss movements made by A. Schild, usually with 7 or 17 jewels. The US import code for Harman was HXF, which I believe is stamped on your watch's movement. I also have a 7 jewel WWII era Harman in a sterling case. Both these watches were made in the late 30's or early 40's. Be aware, with some effort you can probably trace some information about the man who owned it, since it has his name and service number. I was able to trace mine and learned quite a lot about the owner (it also had a name and service number). I have attached a couple of photos of the watch I own. The history I wrote about the company has been submitted to the NAWCC for possible publication in their journal.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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That's great! I look forward to it's publication.

I actually did some initial research on Mr.Dodson and discovered his enlistment location was Nevada
and he was a local boy from the central valley here in California.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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Liz,
A couple of other thoughts. The movement looks a bit earlier than mine, yours might be from the 1930's. Also, the cathedral hands are definitely not 1940's. These hands were around beginning in WWI. Most of the military records from WWII were destroyed in a fire where they were stored by the US Gov't. However, the good news is that you might be able to get his final payment form that was stored at a different location. That will show, among other things, home address, discharge date, grade, number of years service, and station when he was discharged. I was also able to track down the obituary for my watch's owner. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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blackdog, Thanks for the added information on where to look. I will definitely pursue this some more.


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 Post subject: Very interesting
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:53 pm 
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I look forward to seeing your article.


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 Post subject: Re: Very interesting
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owch wrote:
I look forward to seeing your article.

I myself was also hoping "blackdog" would update us as he has direct knowledge and probably easier access to more info. So now I'm wondering, what happened to him???
First and last posts were on the same day, sad.

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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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A history of the Harman Watch Company was published in the Nov/Dec, 2014 edition of the NAWCC Watch and Clock Bulletin. by blackdog.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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Great to hear, blackdog! Thanks for the update.

Unfortunately, I'm not a NAWCC member, so..
I'm wondering if anyone with this issue would like to sell it to me or loan it so I can read it?


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 9:30 am 
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If you want to give me your email address through "messages" I will be happy to send you a copy of the published article. Jack


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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A lot of us aren't NAWCC members so if it could be published here as well, I'd enjoy reading it.

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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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Watchdoc, I have no problem with posting the article on vintagewatchforums. However, since it is copyrighted by NAWCC, I need to get their permission to do so. In the meantime I will make you the same offer, give me your email address through "private messages" and I will be happy to send you the article. This goes for anyone else who is interested.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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PM sent, thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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That's great! Thanks for sharing a useful post.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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Just came across vintage Harman Nurses watch given to me by an old friend. I believe it is from the 30's? It still works.


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 Post subject: Re: Harman Watch Company
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This is not a nurse's watch. It is costume jewelry that incorporates a watch. Harman made a great many of these in a variety of different styles. The movements were made in 7j and 17j by A. Schild in Switzerland. This piece is probably from the late forty's or early fifty's. Let me know if you have any other questions.


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