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Two Vignettes on a Pocket Watch

by Professor Emeritus Mortxxx D. S

Knowing of my hobby of collecting pocket watches, my wife, Giovanna, surprised me by showing me a pocket watch made by the Tavannes company. The watch once belonged to her late husband, Martin, who was a professor of labour economics at UCD. Martin received the watch from his father. Both father and son were held by the Nazis in Bergen-Belsen, one of the most notorious concentration camps of World War II. Anne Frank and her sister, and the sister of actress Marlene Dietrich, died there. Martinís father did not survive either, but Martin was there, hardly alive at 15 years of age, weighing 50 pounds and suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases, when the British army liberated the camp on April 15, 1945. His task as an inmate and young teenager was to cart bodies to burial pits. Somehow, the watch had been successfully hidden from the Nazi camp guards.

On liberation day, when a British soldier noticed the watch, he took it from Martin and gave in return a Mickey Mouse wrist watch. A sergeant nearby grabbed the watch and gave it back to Martin. When I looked at the watch, I saw a broken crystal, and I knew that the watch had not been used for at least 25 years or more. Obviously, the attention of a watchmaker was needed because the watch would require cleaning, oiling and adjusting along with a new crystal.

I immediately got in touch with my pocket watch guru, as I called Darryl Lesser of Darlor Watch up in Montreal, Canada. He has given me reliable guidance. I have bought three wonderful railroad grade pocket watches from him so far, and I know that he is a first rate watchmaker too. When I told Darryl the history of this watch and asked him for a quote on servicing it, his immediate reply was to instruct me to send the watch at once, and, further, he could not charge for servicing a watch with this history. In less than a week, the Tavannes pocket watch was serviced and returned to me, with a new crystal and obvious watchmakerís attention to the case and movement. The watch is now in the hands of Martinís son.

Sometimes and item such as this watch is less important than the story behind it. I describe my experience as the joy of watch collecting.

 

# HAMPDEN6700

# HAMPDEN6700

HAMPDEN 18 SIZE STERLING SILVER HEAVY CASE "SWING OUT" AND SERVICED  1885

STOCK NUMBER # HAMPDEN6700------ Here I have an impeccably serviced sterling silver cased Hampden pocket watch and it is from 1885 and runs like day one ! This is a heavy Sterling case as it is 58mm across. The dial is double sunk and enamel. The hands are thin railroad spade hands and Hampden factory. This is a swing out case and it is signed "Keystone Watch Case Sterling" and the case serial number is 4,119,260. This sterling silver case has no personal engravings at all and really super clean. There are 15 clean and inspected large jewels to this Hampden stem wind and set 18 size open face model. I have serviced this piece to the point it keeps terrific time for sure. The serial number for this Hampden nickel movement is 597,689 and once again this tells me it is from the year 1885. The crystal is glass and not a flaw to be found. This is a big Sterling silver American made Hampden pocket watch.

800.00 USD

 # HAMPDEN6700 # HAMPDEN6700


#ELGIN60


#ELGIN60

ELGIN STUNNING 12 SIZE ART DECO WHITE GOLD FILLED CASE WITH CHAIN AND SELLING BOX 1944

  STOCK NUMBER # ELGIN60------I have for sale a stunning white gold filled signed Elgin case pocket watch and it is a 12 size so easy to carry around indeed. Across this Elgin signed case is 45mm. The case is 14 karat white gold filled and in amazing all over condition. The back is a snap in. The serial number for this Elgin signed case is 7,624,097. The dial is original and extra fine in all over condition and the hands are Elgin n factory for sure. The crystal is glass and not a flaw to be found. The movement is ultra clean and keeps great time naturally. There are 15 clean and inspected jewels to this Elgin 12 size stem wind and stem set movement. The serial number for this Elgin pocket watch movement is E-197375and this serial number tells me it was made at the Elgin USA factory in the year 1944 and runs like day one. This Elgin is as clean as it can be for a pocket watch that was hardly ever worn ;-)

575.00 USD


    #ELGIN60  #ELGIN60


#ELGIN540

#ELGIN540

ELGIN "G M WHEELER"  GOLD FILLED CASE 3 FINGER BRIDGE MOVEMENT WELL SERVICED   1914  

  STOCK NUMBER # ELGIN540------Here is a freshly serviced 17 jewel G.M Wheeler signed Elgin pocket watch and it is the highly sought after 3 finger bridge. This is an open face gold filled case and it is signed "Wadsworth 20 years" and the case serial number is 2,645,101. The dial is Elgin factory and enamel double sunk. The hands are thin railroad spade and Elgin factory and for this model. The glass crystal is perfect not a flaw. The movement is indeed as the scan shows you a 3 finger movement with 17 clean an inspected ruby jewels. Notice the jewels are in gold jewel settings. This piece was adjusted to 3 positions at the Elgin factory. I have cleaned this piece so expect a great time keeper. The serial number for this G.M Wheeler model Elgin pocket watch is 18,229,162 and this serial number indicates it was produced in the year 1914 almost 100 years later and it is in perfect order.

575.00 USD

  #ELGIN540


 # ILLINOIS38

 

ILLINOIS 17 JEWELS GOLD FILLED 18 SIZE AND WELL SERVICED 1916

STOCK NUMBER # ILLINOIS39------Freshly serviced, oiled and timed will this Illinois 18 size come to you in. This is a gold filled case and signed N.A.W.C.Co" and the case serial number is 7,021,924. Across this gold filled case is 54mm. this Illinois enamel dial is more than excellent and the hands are original tot his 18 size Illinois movement and it is a stem wind and a lever set at the 2 position. The crystal is glass not a flaw mint. This movement is once again fully serviced and there are 17 clean and inspected ruby jewels. The movement serial number is 2,852,374 and this serial number tells me it was produced in the Illinois watch factor yin the year 1916. A great name and a great Darlor price!

ON HOLD ;-)


# SCOUT100
 
# SCOUT100

BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE MOVING ARM POCKET WATCH AND JUST SERVICED 1951

STOCK NUMBER SCOUT100-------When condition counts for everything then this is the piece for you. All original only the crystal has been changed. This is an original case , movement and papyrus dial. Even the  Boy scout hands waves up and down as it is the second hand for this Smith's pocket watch and made at the Great Britain Factories in 1951. This chromed nickel case is 53mm across and the hands are orignal  to wind this manual wind Jamboree Boy's Scout pocket watch you simply turn the crown. Now for something different, to changes the time you push the crown in not out and turn the crown while keeping it down and the hands will move. There are no jewels as this is a pin lever movement as all early character watches were produced this way, Smith's also made instruments for airplanes, car clocks and novelty item such as this. I can also tell you they made Automobile clusters for Triumph and M.G.B as well as many other cars and they STINK indeed, We had to re wire our 1976 TR-6 as Smith's should have stayed with airplane clocks and such fine pieces like this pocket watch. As I write down this description it is sitting right next to me ticking up a storm and the Boy Scout hand indeed is going up and down. Remember pin lever pocket and wrist watches are not great time keepers rather they are ok but this piece is extra extra fine in all over condition and ultra cool for sure!

350.00 USD

  # SCOUT100


  # ILLINOIS770

# ILLINOIS770

ILLINOIS " SIGNED SALESMAN CASE" MONTGOMERY DIAL AND SERVICED

STOCK NUMBER # ILLINOIS770------I have for sale a fully serviced and signed Illinois pocket watch from the USA. This is a 16 size stem wind and stem set model and the case across is only 53mm and slim not bulky like most pocket watches. This is a true signed genuine salesman case Illinois pocket watch and it is a see through back not slapped together. This is 100% authentic and very clean in condition as the scan shows you clearly. The crystals are both glass and no flaws at all. The dial is a double sunk Montgomery dial and repaired and very clean as well. The hands are railroad spade and fro this model Illinois pocket watch. The serial number for this 16 size damaskeened movement is 1,687,368 and this serial number tells me it is from the year 1903 and runs perfect with a strong tick indeed. There are 15 jewels to this model Illinois pocket watch and they are in gold jewel settings. Even the center wheel is solid gold. A nice feature to mention is the demi lune (half moon in French) click for the winding wheel on the barrel bridge

600.00

 


 # ILLINOIS633

# ILLINOIS633

ILLINOIS " SALESMAN CASE" 3 FINGER BRIDGE AND WELL SERVICIED!

STOCK NUMBER # ILLINOIS633------ I have for sale a fully serviced stem wind and lever set 16 size Illinois pocket watch in a genuine salesman sample nickel case. This is a 16 sixteen size Illinois pocket watch and made in the USA no doubt. This case across is 53mm across. This is a beautiful 3 finger bridge with 15 clean and inspected ruby jewels. The serial number for this Illinois hunter case model is 1,980,492 which dates this perfectly running Illinois pocket watch to the year 1907 over 100 years ago and runs like day one I kid you not!. I love the style of the large barrel wheel and the demi lune (half moon in French)  click , just a nice different feature indeed. The crystals are both glass and not a flaw to be found. This is a simple piece in a genuine salesman case not altered but a true case indeed.

650.00 USD

 


# WALTHAM620
 
 

 

WALTHAM "HOME WATCH COMPANY" SILVEROID CASE WELL SERVICED KEY WIND

STOCK NUMBER #WALTHAM620-------As you can tell I am partial to Waltham and I love to work on the key winds from Waltham as they are simple yet complex and never quit. This is an 18 size key wind and key set from the front and just freshly serviced. This case is 55mm across and the case serial number is 508,970 and there are no personal engravings on this case at all. The dial is original and an early enamel Waltham produced piece with original key wind Waltham hands. This 18 size American Waltham movement is extra clean as the scans show you from two angles. The serial number for this Home watch Waltham is 757,567 and this serial number tells me it was produced in the USA near Boston Mass in the year 1874 and runs like day one I kid you not! There are 15 jewels to this 1857 model (not the year of production). The all over condition to this piece is better than 85% and keeps not bad at all time. The glass crystal is perfect and with a turn of the key this Home watch company Waltham takes off like a rocket!

SOLD ;-)

 

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