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What's In Your Pocket?

New postby bratdaddy » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:53 am

Not an original idea, but an interesting topic. Many of us carry our watches, so here's to the what and why. It's no secret that I'm an admirer of Illinois Getty movements. When I saw this 21 jewel example waiting for me with a BIN in reach I went for it. It has been serviced and pronounced fit for daily use. A leather chain from a good friend insures the case will stay in the great condition I received it in. A great and somewhat unique watch for this carrying collector. I'll usually stick with a watch of known quality for a week or two, then trade off to something else. If its something new to me I'll carry it until it comes off minute. Then whatever action is necessary will be arranged.
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby bratdaddy » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:57 am

Movement is truly an Illinois work of art. So, with apologies to the credit card folks, What's in your pocket?
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby John Arrowood » Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:28 pm

12-sz 21-j Burlington, personalized back
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby bratdaddy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:55 am

Hi John,

I confess a fascination with Burlington signed watches also. I'd be much further along were it not for come "conflicting" information I was given early on. This recent acquisition will go into my rotation soon. Not long ago I was given some great info by a close friend which undid the damage that was done. Now, I'll follow my gut, so to speak. If I like it, can afford it, it comes to my home.
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby Marty101 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:39 am

I'm going to start by saying that I haven't carried a lot of my watches;mainly out of fear either of harm or wear. Both are starting to seem silly to me. If the watch doesn't run correctly, the best way to find out is by having it in my pocket for a week. If it's not safe from harm there- :? - I'm in trouble... ;)

So I'm going to start with on of my favorites,my BWR 19J/dual time zone hands. Those hands bring out the kid in me,which ain't hard to do. Don't you just WANT to show off a watch like this?
And in a week or so, I'm switching to another-it's time I field tested my collection and let them prove their purpose.

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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby bratdaddy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:21 pm

Marty, which grade is that?
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby Marty101 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:34 pm

Mike,
It's a #455, serial number 21925296 going back to 1918. The case isn't as nice as the one on my #571, but it is signed
BW Raymond-my only signed case.
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby bratdaddy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:50 pm

You've got yourself a fine collection of Elgin RR's now. But when will you be walking that 972? It's a shame to keep that one all to yourself. Too subtle? See you in the Hamilton area?
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby JerryT » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:39 am

I have been wearing some of my favorite watches lately (12-size, of course). I acquired this Touchon back in the '70s and love this unusual plate layout. It had been recased in a gold-filled case when I found it, but I recently acquired this 14K case for it. The case, marked "A.W.", was made for A.Wittnauer who was the importer of Touchon watches during this era and may be similar to its original case.
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby Charl » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:00 am

that certainly is a beautiful watch Jerry!
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby JerryT » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:38 am

Thanks Charl. I used the gold-filled case from the Touchon to case an Illinois grade 410 that I also acquired some time ago as a movement. The plain-polished g.f case is a nice contrast to the ornate silver dial. I wore this one to a gala dinner this past weekend when I wanted something a little fancier.
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby rrpktwtchr » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:09 pm

Great dial in the Illinois grade 410, Jerry - very nice . . .
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby Weldon Hopkins » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:30 pm

Today at work I am carrying one of my Hamilton 23 jewel 950L in a yellow keystone mainliner style case that has the great train scene on the back lid. Great time keeper.
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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby rrpktwtchr » Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:07 am

Now, that's a hard act to follow, Weldon . . . . . . but . . . here's my 12s contribution for the good of the cause . . . just a little something different.

Look familiar, Dave?

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Re: What's In Your Pocket?

New postby Weldon Hopkins » Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:41 am

Jim,
That's a beautiful 12 size elgin you have there and it is a show stopper and that's a hard act to follow. Let me look in my bag tonight and I will carry one for tommorow and if I get time I will take a picture of it.
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