I carry a Hamilton 992B in a Model 15 case that has been modified to have a glass-back so I can show off the movement without taking off the back. I also find it fun to just watch when things slow down during the day at work.
Posts: 407 | Location: Northern Virginia in the USA | Registered: October 08, 2011
I saw the posting about Teds John Hancock and I just put aside my 16 size 17j Hampden 600 for my 18s 21j Dueber Watch Company. My little grandson is mesmerized by the ticking and that makes grandpa smile.
Posts: 1004 | Location: Omaha, Nebraska in the USA | Registered: February 14, 2009
Jon, I still have no way to post pictures of it, but if you go to the Hampden section, Tom Brown was kind enough to post the auction pictures of it.I put it in a holding case for now.The seller took his pics of it in a plastic movement holder, so it looks dingy but it is nice and bright in the case.I was happy to get it!Thanks, Ted.
Posts: 1322 | Location: Lebanon, Connecticut USA | Registered: March 28, 2008
My carry watch is a 1907 Elgin Model 8, 19 jewel, 18 size, B. W. Raymond, s/n 13206944, in a 20 year B&B Royal case. I like these watches because they are big but relatively thin. Their 3/4 plate design lets you see what's going on inside and the movements are beautifully damaskeened.
I bought this one as a running junker two years ago. The crystal was scratched, the case was badly dented, the dial had a huge chip in it that a previous owner had lovingly patched, and the head of one of the plate screws was broken off.
Despite all this, the watch ran well and kept excellent time. I decided to make it my carry watch since I wouldn't be heart broken if it got damaged.
I immediately sent the bezel to William White for a new crystal. The case was of good quality with no exposed brass. I began experimenting with ways to take out the dents. Over time, I've gotten the case back reasonably straight. I found a nice dial, a set of refinished hands, and a gold filled chain on E-bay. Recently, I got it serviced and repaired. My watchmaker was able to remove the broken screw and make a replacement. He reassembled it with the good hands and dial.
Through it all, this 105 year old watch has just kept on ticking. At present, it's gaining about a second a day. I think that's pretty amazing!
Posts: 149 | Location: Southern California in the USA | Registered: September 23, 2009