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cottontop 01-08-2012 05:07 AM

Does anyone collect watches?
 
I am quite a watch geek. I have an extensive collection of modern and vintage wrist watches, plus a few pocket watches. It is a very interesting hobby and I have fun wearing a different watch almost everyday of the week.
cottontop

Chandler51 01-08-2012 05:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cottontop
I am quite a watch geek. I have an extensive collection of modern and vintage wrist watches, plus a few pocket watches. It is a very interesting hobby and I have fun wearing a different watch almost everyday of the week.
cottontop

What brands do you have?

Vikingdad 01-08-2012 05:49 AM

I would like to but I don't have the time:D.

Actually I have a very small collection of pocket watches. Three were my grandfathers. I also have a few clocks, two of which are antiques. I wish I could afford more.

Ironically I never wear a watch.

trip286 01-08-2012 05:57 AM

I like clocks. There is only one watch I want, a Rolex, any model (men's of course) I don't care. I'd prefer the submariner.

I have just two clocks other than my digital alarm clock, and I haven't even bothered to put batteries in them. Neither are collectors items or even real expensive, I just think they're cool as hell. I want to collect more. I'll post up a pic later.

c3shooter 01-08-2012 06:23 AM

Confucius say man who collect watches have time on his hands. :D

Do not collect, but have 2 I like. My everyday wear is a stainless Seiko self winding from the late 1960's. I also picked up a nice, new-in-box 10 K Hamilton 17 jewel.

Vikingdad 01-08-2012 06:40 AM

Two of the pocket watches were my grandfathers. He was a road engineer here in CA and also with the Army Corps of Engineers, serving in both WWI and WWII, he volunteered for Korea but was rejected due to a heart condition. He died before I was born. One of them is pewter the other is gold. Both still run flawlessly and keep good time.

One of the clocks is an Ansonia made in 1880. It came from my wife's side of the family, they had a French Laundry in San Francisco back then. The clock hung on the wall in the laundry and went through the 1906 earthquake and was heat damaged in the fire afterwards. Some time after that it ended up in my wife's aunt and uncle's house, it still ran and kept time there until the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when it fell of the wall and broke the glass and busted up the case. We got it around 1998 and I fixed the case and replaced the glass (using antique poured glass pane) and got it running again. It ran and kept good time up until about 4 years ago. I would like to fix it myself but so far I haven't done it. I think it has a broken main spring (still available!!!).

Sonic82 01-08-2012 12:52 PM

I have a few...old

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT1241.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT1238.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT1250.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT1256.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT1239.jpg

boatme98 01-08-2012 01:05 PM

I collect wristwatches. I only have 21 right now. Watches kind of got put on the back burner while I added to my gun collection the last 3 years, but I think it's time to start on watches again. ;)

Sonic82 01-08-2012 01:08 PM

...and modern

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT0859.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT0883.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/PICT1224.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...0953-Copy2.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/P1000169.jpg

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/o...g/P1000187.jpg

bkt 01-08-2012 01:13 PM

I used to be into it more than I am these days. Still got a nice Tissot PR-100 and a Hamilton Linwood both with ETA 2824/2 auto movements. There are a few old pocket watches kicking around that I was experimenting/learning with.

One big reason I lost interest is that there is no watchmaker locally who doesn't charge an arm and a leg. The cost to tear down, clean and rebuild a standard, garden-variety modern 2824/2 movement in my town costs as much as a new watch - around $250. That's nuts. I could buy a whole new movement and have it regulated for less.


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