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Croton W/W

New postby perby » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:09 pm

H all,
This is a watch I have had for awhile, but would like to see if I can get a little more info on it ??
It is a Croton 17 Jewel unadjusted. It has on the rear outside case JC29E, 122 and in a small box 16, and then 15850. On the inside case it has Croton Watch Co. swiss 8930, and on the movement it has Croton Watch Inc, 17 jewel non adj, COW, and in a box has N14, and in another box has A1059.
This watch does have fluorescent hands.
I would like to find out approx. date, if common, relative type of , meaning low end medium, or higher end ?
Thanks in advance,
Bill

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Re: Croton W/W

New postby perby » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:27 pm

I have since found that this has either a Phenix 140 or a Nivada 14 cal. movement. That does not really help as I do not know if these are/were good movements or not.
As far as the age it appears that this watch could be as late as the fifties or as early as the thirties, my impression by style only. suggest to me the 30's looks closer, any ideas ??
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Re: Croton W/W

New postby richiec » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:06 am

Looks like a 17 jewel Phoenix 140 movement date around the mid 1950's. Not rarre.
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Re: Croton W/W

New postby Mikie_T » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:51 am

Nice looking watch Bill.
I am getting a renewed interest in wrist watches. I really enjoy looking at these watches from the 30's thru 50's.
Looks like she is running good!

One question..... How do wrist watch dials get all the scratches and marks?
A wrist watch face is not as accessible as a pocket watch dial...... OR is it?

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Re: Croton W/W

New postby richiec » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:05 pm

I would say the dials get damaged due to negligence, being exposed to water, sweat, heat and cold. Most wrist watches were not sealed units.
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Re: Croton W/W

New postby Mikie_T » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:17 pm

OK.. I see (I think)...
I just figured those type dials would be in better shape because they wouldn't be exposed to touching as much as a pocket watch dial.
I guess if you kept your wrist watch in a cool, dry place it would always look good.

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Re: Croton W/W

New postby perby » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:32 am

Thanks for the info all. I thought it might be an inexpensive watch and was not expecting anything else. It is a great running little watch and has been my daily wear for several months now, keeping time within minutes a week. I sure like these better than a battery watch. My main passion is still for pocket watches though, and still pick up the odd one, when they come along.
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Re: Croton W/W

New postby veritas » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:32 pm

Nice looking watch Bill. I have a Croton, mine is a dress watch. I have a few mechanical wrist watches that i do enjoy wearing. Mainly on weekends, as i cant wear one to work.
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Re: Croton W/W

New postby perby » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:43 am

Hi Kevin,
I have several w/w also, ones that I pick up in a grab bag or something for next to nothing, so I always have a watch to wear. As you likely have noted I also own quite a few clocks of various manufacture, they drive my wife a little crazy with the constant chimes etc., and it seems that they never are in tune, all about a minute apart, I know I can shut down the chimes, but I rather like them.
But as stated my main passion is P/W have about 100 or so, and still get the odd one, picked up a nice 992B just recently at a garage sale, loses about a minute a week, runs 54 hours on qa wind, and mainly stays in my display case, when I am home, into the safe when away.
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