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IHC Member 1541
Picture of Lorne Wasylishen
posted
RARE++ HAMILTON BALL 16 SIZE 21 JEWEL 992B 3 STAR RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 24H DIAL

I would like to say as Ed Parsons used to that I will post the answers on Saturday but I don't have all the answers.

I do however have questions, doubts and suspicions.

Page 153 of the 2015 Price Guide shows a 21J, M#992B, NI, marked 992B & Off. RR Stan., Adj. 6P….★★★ ABP $1500

20 bids to $511 with just under 5 days to closing.


What do you think?

 
Posts: 2099 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: March 02, 2011
IHC Member 1541
Picture of Lorne Wasylishen
posted
Another View

[Movement number: C197456]

 
Posts: 2099 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: March 02, 2011
IHC Member 1357
posted
Lorne,looking at the stripes(damaskeen) appears not to line up to me.I would certainly wnt more input from the guys here that are in the know.

Roger
 
Posts: 3963 | Location: Carbon, Texas in the USA | Registered: January 24, 2010
IHC Member 365
posted
I have seen straight line damaskeened Ball 999B's in the past. You can't fake that barrel bridge. The serial number gives me pause, however.
 
Posts: 578 | Location: St Paul, Minnesota in the USA | Registered: May 04, 2004
IHC Member 1291
Picture of Buster Beck
posted
Oh-No Not Again !! Same watch rearing its ugly head up. It first made it's debut 3 years ago on IHC185;

http://ihc185.infopop.cc/eve/f...853971277#9853971277

It was a fake then and it is a fake now !!

This is the same seller that tried selling this in 2012. Back again !!

regards,
bb
 
Posts: 6401 | Location: Texas in the USA | Registered: July 27, 2009
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
Interesting that this is the same seller also.


"justdiscovered (1614 )"

So he knows that this is NOT the real deal, I would think.

Regards,
Larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC Member 1338
posted
The sad fact is someone's bidding 511 right now for this. And will probably go higher. Talk about a watch that plies on greed, this one is it...


Tom Dunn...
TIME MACHINE
www.myrailroadwatch.com
.
 
Posts: 2717 | Location: Ramsey, Illinois in the USA | Registered: December 15, 2008
Administrative Assistant
Picture of Dr. Debbie Irvine
posted

Thanks Buster for linking to the previous discussion!

Very worthwhile information can be obtained from that What's this? Is it a really Ball 992B? topic.

Just one of the many reasons we should always post Movement Numbers from auctions!


Richard Romero posted the following text and image…

Correct example # 1B27472 on the left and incorrect example from ebay auction [C197456] on the right.


 
Posts: 4873 | Location: Northern Ohio in the U.S.A. | Registered: December 04, 2002
posted
Would these Ball 992Bs originally have been configured for the CPR?

What should the correct Ball number series on the pillar plate be?
 
Posts: 175 | Location: Boston, Massachusetts in the USA | Registered: June 13, 2011
IHC Member 1291
Picture of Buster Beck
posted
There were actually never any Ball Hamilton 992B's made from the factory for the market.

There is a report that some 40 years ago a Ball Hamilton 992B #1B13315 surfaced with Ball's standard "round or circular damaskeened" pattern. It hasn't been seen since and its the only one that may have existed and no one anywhere confesses to owning it. Even if it did exist, it was a piece that someone assembled at the Hamilton factory OR was an error that was made up, in any event, it is doubtful that it ever reached the public if indeed one existed at all. I believe all the evidence that we have of that one is in an artist's conception/drawing shown here, but it could be an old Black & White picture, but never the less none of them were ever marketed by Ball or Hamilton for retail consumption.

"C197456" IS a Frankenberry watch with Hamilton 992B plates AND Ball 999B plates that someone has joined to appear to be something that never was. The dial is a Ball Hamilton 24hour dial and it's in a Canadian "Sturdy" case. It is a hodgepodge of leftover parts that will all interchange.

Interestingly the train/barrel bridge plate is off of a straight line damaskeened Ball 999B of which only 700 pieces were made.

Don't be mislead, confused, or deceived by this controversial "coffee table" Frankenstein piece of deception.

 
Posts: 6401 | Location: Texas in the USA | Registered: July 27, 2009
IHC Member 1541
Picture of Lorne Wasylishen
posted
Good recall Buster, this was way over my head when it came up 3 yrs. ago.

I am learning as my doubts and suspicions have been confirmed.

The seller says this example is coming from a collection where it sat for over 20 years.

Perhaps he should change his ebay handle to justre-discovered.
 
Posts: 2099 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: March 02, 2011
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
Buster I have been looking everywhere and cannot find a picture of that movement. Where did you find it?

I know Richard had posted it, but was wondering if there were any more of them that we can look at.

Regards,
larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC President
Life Member
Picture of Lindell V. Riddle
posted

That picture was one I used and my source is attributed here...

Ball Hamilton 999B Models, 21and 23jewel Question - Basic 999B History and More!

and as Buster pointed out, here is where we went through this fake before...

What's this? Is it really a Ball 992B? - From February of 2012

Those two topics are your reading assignment!

Lindell

Wink

Look closely, the lines on the plates do not line-up...


 
Posts: 10521 | Location: Northeastern Ohio in the USA | Registered: November 19, 2002
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
Yes, I read all of it today and saw where it came from Lindell. Thank you!

I should have come back on and mentioned it.

So in the end we really cannot say for sure that even 1B13315 is still out there now.

I have emailed the seller a couple of times, including sending him that picture. Still no response. I guess he is just going to let someone take the hit this time. It is really too bad to do that to someone knowing that it is a fake, and then just saying that it is something that it is not. Roll Eyes

Regards,
Larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC President
Life Member
Picture of Lindell V. Riddle
posted

Here is the message I am sending to the seller...

_________________________________

Dear justdiscovered,

Unfortunately, your watch is a fake. Yours is NOT the Ball 992B shown in the watch guide. That was a factory error with number 1B13315 on the plate. Your watch was put together out of unrelated parts and we exposed it as a fake in February of 2012 at our IHC185 Discussion Site. Right now we have a topic about it under discussion for our IHC Members. You may call me at 440-461-0167 or send an eMail to ihc185atroadrunner.com and we will send you the true facts. If you register and Join IHC at IHC185.com you would benefit greatly. Sincerely, Lindell V. Riddle, President. Wink

- ihc185
_________________________________

We will find out if we are dealing with someone honest or not.

Lindell

Wink
 
Posts: 10521 | Location: Northeastern Ohio in the USA | Registered: November 19, 2002
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
That's great Lindell!!

Now we wait.

Regards,
Larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC Life Member
Picture of David Abbe
posted
If you look at the other listings by this seller (in Canada), you will find a lot of soda bottles and some nice watches including a REAL Ball-Waltham 999 19J.

As the Hamilton "C" series were NEVER used for (B prefix) Ball watches, I suggest that Lin might write him again and explain the safest route for him to take is to retract that listing until (we can help him if he joins) it gets positively identified.
 
Posts: 6532 | Location: Southern California in the USA | Registered: July 19, 2007
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
Well here is the answer I got from him;
_________________________________

"Hi Larry, I'm sorry I haven't responded up to this point, I just don't feel like getting in an argument with no end. In short, despite what you've stated regarding the watch, I believe it was born this way. I have spoke with many collectors and although a couple, like yourself seem to believe otherwise - there are several who agree with me. I'm not trying to deceive anyone - I have photographed the watch for buyers to see and make their own conclusions. The reason the watch is being listed again is because it was sold locally and I have just traded it back, with several other watches. All I can suggest is that if you don't like it, or believe it to be right, then don't bid. I'm sorry it bothers you so much - good luck on the watch you are bidding on!
Thanks!"
__________________________________

I have been in his shoes a few times when I started selling and know what he is talking about. It's NOT fun. Frown

It's really too bad that there isn't a picture of the real watch in the Price Guide like the ones Lindell provided on page 153. They say that there is a Ball Hamilton 992B, and that is is a rare watch BUT that is it. No mention of there being only one of them or a picture. If this watch is that rare, and there was only one ever made, then why not a picture of it, or at least just a little bit more info like on some of the other rare watches. To me that would make it a lot easier for the people who make the "Price Guide" their [Bible] when it comes to these watches, and would answer a lot of questions.

I know that it cannot be done on all of them, but where there is only one ever made, and it is listed why not explain it just a little better?

JMHO here. Smile

I just hope Lindell's email will help them decide to do the right thing.

Regards,
Larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC President
Life Member
Picture of Lindell V. Riddle
posted

Larry, there is just not enough time and energy to do everything we would like to, but a few years ago we got the erroneous "23-Jewel 999B" listing removed from the Watch Guide and the three legitimate 999B variants put in so in the future we can likely accomplish what you suggested. But for today, we need to narrowly focus on the problem at-hand.

Since there has been no response to the message we sent this seller yesterday from our ihc185 eBay account I have taken further steps. (Remember, this seller has been informed numerous times in 2012 about the true facts about their counterfeit watch and again this year but they persist in what can only be considered deceptive practices, so I say the more messages they get about this turkey, the better!)

We have linked this topic into "Pocket Watches" and "Ball Research" but it is viewable only by IHC Members. If the seller continues much longer with their deception, I am tempted to take the unprecedented step of placing a post in public warning about the counterfeit watch by number and also a link to their current auction. For the time-being I urge others to contact the seller and try to get them to do the right thing. I am confident that if we could get them on-board here we could convince them of the true facts. By the way, it is important to realize that counterfeit movement C197456 was easy to fake because all the parts easily interchange and the plates on Hamilton "B" movements were not individually numbered.

And think of this, consider the fact that since Roy Ehrhardt shared his image of 1B13315 back in 1980 some 35 years ago and we posted it in public in 2007 at ''Ball Hamilton 999B Models, 21and 23jewel Question - Basic 999B History and More!" no legitimate "Ball 992B" has ever surfaced despite the fact that thousands of collectors have been looking and looking. So...

Earlier today (March 6, 2015 11:52:40 AM EST) I sent the following message and 2 images to the seller from "southbendpolaris" which is my personal eBay account...


_____________________________________________________

Hi justdiscovered,

Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but if you do not know this already I must inform you this watch is an illegitimate counterfeit, a clever fake put together to deceive an uninformed buyer. It is well known among Ball Watch Collectors that one and only one was made by mistake back in the 1940s and that one, number 1B13315 in the attached "picture 1" looks nothing like yours. Your watch uses a train bridge from a Hamilton 992B installed along with other parts including the barrel bridge from a narrow damaskeened, late 999B and using the pillar plate number C197456 which is from a1948 Hamilton 992B to try and "re-create" something that did not really exist. Look at the attached "picture 2" from your auction and carefully examine how the lines on the damaskeening are of slightly different widths and that when assembled on your watch the lines are at slightly different angles. These are the facts, I urge you to stop your auction "due to an error" and keep your integrity intact.

- southbendpolaris

_____________________________________________________________

Picture 1 referred to in the message is the one I prepared and posted several years ago from the "1980 Ehrhardt Price Indicator" showing factory error number 1B13315 that Buster posted above and that first appeared during 2007 in the previous "Ball Hamilton 999B Models, 21and 23jewel Question - Basic 999B History and More!" topic.

Picture 2 which is attached below is of the fake, counterfeit watch bearing number C197456 and taken from the current eBay auction number 221702053433 to which I added a red circle and 2 yellow arrows in order to help explain what I was trying to point out in my new message to the seller.

Bottom line as I said in 2007 and linked to since... "be careful, unscrupulous tricksters have been known to put unrelated 992B and 999B plates together in order to deceive and a few fraudulent examples have been sighted." So, please read what I sent the seller, examine the picture shown below and see what you think.


Below, my "Picture 2" sent to the seller through eBay earlier today...


 
Posts: 10521 | Location: Northeastern Ohio in the USA | Registered: November 19, 2002
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
Thanks Lindell.

I hear what you are saying. I guess I never thought that something like this would bother me so much, but it does when I think that someone could be paying a LOT of money for nothing more than a FAKE!!

Remember when you used to spend "HOURS" on the phone with me trying to explain things like this to me when I first started selling these gems?? Smile

Now I see the points that you were trying to drill through this thick skull! Roll Eyes

Regards,
Larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC Life Member
Picture of David Abbe
posted
Lin is at the heart of what IHC185 is all about!
 
Posts: 6532 | Location: Southern California in the USA | Registered: July 19, 2007
IHC Member 1954
posted
I guess I wont bid on this anymore.i am actually the high bidder right now.i am glad I found this discussion about it.if no one out bids me in the next day or before it ends,i wont carry through with it,nothing he can do about it if he already has this information.thanks so much for this site and all the knowledge in it.it looks like it is going to save me some embarresment.thanks again guys...
 
Posts: 205 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 11, 2014
IHC Life Member
Picture of David Abbe
posted
I just sent the seller the following message;

"The only 1943 and later 16 size Hamilton Railroad watches sold by Ball were marked model number 999B and serialized with "B" prefix serial numbers. This watch has s/n C197456 which is certified by Hamilton manufacturing records as a Factory 992B model produced in 1947.

Clearly the watch you listed has a late 999B Train Plate assembled to the 992B factory parts. While the train plate and (possibly) the dial are legitimate, the watch as shown is NOT.

I suggest you pull the listing and contact a Hamilton collector who may have some parts to return this to the correct 992B status and return to you the dial and late 999B movement plate which you should be able to sell profitably as well as spare parts."
 
Posts: 6532 | Location: Southern California in the USA | Registered: July 19, 2007
Site Administrator
IHC Life Member
Picture of Phillip Sanchez
posted
I also told him that his watch has been altered and reported it to Ebay.
 
Posts: 5158 | Location: North Georgia Mountains in the U.S.A. | Registered: March 31, 2006
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
Victor, I urge you to cancel your bid now so that maybe he will get the hint and end this.

http://ocsnext.ebay.com/ocs/sr...olName=Retract+a+bid

I urge you to cancel your bids.

Regards,
Larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC Member 1954
posted
I was out bid and it is over $1000 now.some poor person is getting stuck with this fake.i reported the seller to ebay and emailed him also.
 
Posts: 205 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 11, 2014
IHC Member 1588
Picture of Peter Kaszubski
posted
yeah good luck with reporting him as ebay is looking for the end game profit, few members reported already and the watch is still for sale that should let you know they do not care if it is fake or not.
My 2 cents.
 
Posts: 4457 | Location: Arizona in the USA | Registered: July 23, 2011
IHC President
Life Member
Picture of Lindell V. Riddle
posted

OK here goes...

This is unprecedented, we are tonight moving this topic into public view and letting the chips fall where they may. We have NEVER BEFORE exposed a deceptive, fraudulent auction in public, but now we are doing just that.

I invite eBay seller justdiscovered to come and look at this topic, if they are willing to stop their auction number 221702053433 and allow us to pool our funds, we will then buy the watch for a fair price and make sure it is returned to being a genuine 992B as we undoubtedly have members willing to join me in donating money, time and materials to stop this ridiculous fake from ever being sold again. We intend to replace the pillar plate with another 992B number and cut the number C197456 out so that it no longer exists as a watch number. We will remove the bridge with Ball-markings and turn it into repair parts.

Anyone who reads this topic, all the posts will understand why this is such an important matter.

If the seller persists in their fraudulent activities this forum with the eBay identity justdiscovered and movement number C197456 will show up in on-line searches.

The seller has been made aware of all the facts and still persists in their fraudulent auction so I am urging all IHC Members and everyone reading this to BOYCOTT eBay seller justdiscovered until they do the right thing.

With love for horology and honest trading practices,

Lindell V. Riddle, Founder and President
Internet Horology Club 185 at www.ihc185.org
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Posts: 10521 | Location: Northeastern Ohio in the USA | Registered: November 19, 2002
IHC Life Member
Picture of Larry Lamphier
posted
NICE Lindell!!

Good to see leadership take the "lead" on this one.

I have contacted this seller and sent him more than one email, with pictures, explaining that this watch is a fake, and why, and still he will NOT pull it.

I have even offered to buy it like you suggested, take it apart and make it the "correct" 992B that it should be, and send him the serial number to this watch to show that I will NOT try to sell it and make money on it, to no avail.

I back you 100% on this, and am SURE there are many collectors who will back you on this also!

Best Regards,
Larry
 
Posts: 2838 | Location: Northeastern United States | Registered: February 28, 2010
IHC Member 1338
posted
I agree 100% with all that has been said and agree with Lindell wholeheartily on this. This type of seller not only hurts the unwitting buyer, he hurts all of us because in the future the buyer will likely be very hesitant to continue buying after he realizes he has gotten burned on this bad deal, and we will lose not only future sales but a prospective watch hobbyist as well. So everybody in effect loses when this happens. I hope that what we are doing here works itself out in the right way.


Tom Dunn...
TIME MACHINE
www.myrailroadwatch.com
.
 
Posts: 2717 | Location: Ramsey, Illinois in the USA | Registered: December 15, 2008
IHC Life Member
Picture of Robert Lee Milliron
posted
It's apparent that this "justdiscovered" homey and the "Bones" boy out in California are right close kin.
 
Posts: 690 | Location: North Carolina in the USA | Registered: June 01, 2005
IHC Member 1291
Picture of Buster Beck
posted
IHC185 is a learning "channel" for those interested in more knowledge in horology and business 101.

With the seller marketing this same watch twice in 3 years and knowing for sure what it is, it is painful for me to watch prospective buyers bidding for this watch .

Learn members, learn. "Fool me once, shame on you ! Fool me twice, shame on me" !!

regards,
bb
 
Posts: 6401 | Location: Texas in the USA | Registered: July 27, 2009
Site Administrator
IHC Life Member
Picture of Phillip Sanchez
posted
Over $1500 now. I "Googled" this serial # C197456 and it now pops up so does a "Ball 992B" search.
_________________________________

Dear justdiscovered,

Fake, fake, fake, This one is going to come back to haunt you. Selling a fake watch is fraud.

- philsan1a


RARE++ HAMILTON BALL 16 SIZE 21 JEWEL 992B 3 STAR RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 24H DIAL
RARE++ HAMILTON BALL 16 SIZE 21 JEWEL 992B 3 STAR RAILROAD POCKET WATCH 24H DIAL
Item Id: 221702053433
End time: Mar-08-15 18:50:45 PDT
Buyer:

philsan1a (2761)
100.0% Positive Feedback
Member since Jan-26-03 in United States
Location: GA, United States
Listing Status: This message was sent while the listing was active.

_________________________________

(The message above was sent to the seller through eBay channels so it is recorded.)
 
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