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The CPR Bankhead station today, still being used by the Canadian Youth Hostel, in good shape for being 110 years old.

 
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A color slide I took from the CPR eastbound passenger train "The Canadian" on New Year's Day 1980, showing the CPR Banff station and Cascade Mountain in the background, on this pristine winter morning, a coal mining operation, as you can see would not be compatible with the Banff National Park setting.

 
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Carol having no one to pass the pocket watch on to, and knowing my interest in history, sold me the watch. I've The original case, but now show it in a Waltham display case.

 
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With its interesting provenance, it makes of valued addition to my collection.

 
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Movement and case

 
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Movement

 
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Movement close-up

 
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Larry, your posts are always a delight to read. Smile
 
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I couldn't agree more, Thanks Larry for sharing a great watch, and the provenance associated with it.

Gary
 
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I currently have 2 Walthams. The first is my one and only RR grade watch, a 1925 Crescent Street in an Elgin Giant gold filled swing out case.

 
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The movement in the swing ring.

 
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The second Waltham is a 1904 17j Royal Colonial size which is at the watchmakers for cleanup and repair. It has a nice gold colored metal dial and is in a swing out Colonial Series case. I'll post pics when it comes back. I bought the non working movement for only $15 and then bought another junker Colonial that had the case I needed. It needed a mainspring, corrosion cleaning on the winding wheels and most likely a balance staff as well. Here's what it looked like when I got it.

 
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And the back before servicing.

I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks when I get it back. The watchmaker I sent it to is Amish and from all accounts is a master at his craft, able to manufacture parts if needed and to refinish Damaskeening so you can't tell it was redone.

 
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One of the many fun things about this hobby is trying to collect every variant of a given grade or model.

Another one in the stunning line of Model 83 17-jewel Crescent Streets:

 
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Fronted by a double-sunk Roman-numeral dial with butterfly hands:

 
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Gracefully chaperoned by an unusual Gopher case that looks to be original to the movement:

 
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Hello Eric:

I've never seen a gopher case, but here is my stepson Colin feeding GG (Garbage Gopher) that he tamed to eat out of his hand a few years ago.

Larry

 
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But where's the patina on these watches?

Just kidding, but interestingly, the fat book value on those two-tone timepieces is not very high, and yet they are hard to find - especially in mint condition.

Please add me to your will for the M'92 Crescent two-tone before I become one with the computer screen.
 
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I'm not in the patina crowd, Ken. If I bought a Ford Model T covered with a century of grime I would wash it, and the very act of carrying a watch buffs it somewhat.

Larry, here's the stamp on that Gopher case - or the Crescent Case Co:

 
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They are beautiful as photographed, Eric. Did you acquire them individually in that condition? I mean, were you just very selective in the first place or did you have to put significant time into each one?
KH
 
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Patient, educated, and selective is what collectors should be. Of course, early on I bought everything that glittered, and had no idea what I was buying, what to look for, or if it was even repairable. You make mistakes, you ask questions, you learn, and then you pass it forward.
 
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Here's a model 1899 Crescent street hunter. 21j no. 15032743. It needs the black paint rejuvinated in the writing.

 
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