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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.

 

 

 

#ELGIN770

#ELGIN770

 

ELGIN 16 SIZE 2 TONE METAL DIAL MIRROR FINISH SILVEROID CASE WELL SERVICED MOVEMENT 1907

  STOCK NUMBER #ELGIN770-4------I have for sale a fully serviced extra clean Elgin made in the USA pocket watch. This is a 16 size by America standards so across this case is 50mm. The Silveroid case has a mirror finish back and no personal engravings. The case is signed "Keystone Watch Case" and the serial number is 339,526. The dial is beautiful and it is a two tone metal piece with elegant Elgin factory hands. The crystal is glass and flawless. The movement is a stem wind and stem set piece with 15 jewels in screw down jewel settings. The serial number for this open face pocket watch is 13,372,900 which tells me it was produced in the year 1907. As it has been fully serviced the proper way expect a reliable clean time keeper ;-)

400.00 USD

     #ELGIN770 #ELGIN770

 

 

#ELGIN65

#ELGIN65

 

ELGIN MINT 12 SIZE SLIM GOLD FILLED POCKET WATCH AND AGAIN MINT NO WEAR AT ALL   1950

  STOCK NUMBER #ELGIN65-4------This is as close to perfect as you will find and consider the fact this piece is over 68 years! I have for sale a fully serviced mint Elgin slim and elegant size pocket watch. Across this Elgin signed case 44mm. This is a stem wind and stem set piece. The dial is perfect as well as the hands and orignal glass crystal.  This movement is with 17  jewels and all been cleaned and inspected properly. The serial number for this piece is L/481,085 which tells me it was produced at the Elgin USA factory in the year 1950 and for sure it keeps awesome time. The back is gold filled it is a snap in with no personal engravings. As clean as can be and made in the USA ;-)

325.00 USD

     #ELGIN65#ELGIN65

 

 

#WALTHAM20900

#WALTHAM20900

WALTHAM "APPLETON TRACY" 18 SIZE 15 JEWELS GOLD FILLED CASE WELL SERVCIED  1887

  STOCK NUMBER # WALTHAM20900-4------I have for sale a fully serviced and properly restored Waltham pocket watch and it is a model 1883 signed "Appleton Tracy". This is an 18 size and it is a stem wind and stem set model. Across this gold filled case is 55mm. The case has no personal engravings and it is signed "C.W.C.Co". The serial number for this mirror finish case is 37,079. The dial is double sunk and with a few lines, please consider this marvellous enamel dial with the Canadian inner 13-24 Arabic numbers was produced in the year (ish) 1887. The hands are fancy filigree pieces and they are original to this Appleton Tracy model. There are 15 clean and inspected jewels to this Waltham and all have been cleaned properly and analyzed close up for any cracks or wear. The serial number for this 18 size Appleton Tracy model is 3,756,164 which tells me it is from the year 1887! This Waltham is so clean it keeps nice time indeed as it is as spotless in real life as it looks on your screen. On a closing note the crystal is glass and flawless not a scratch brand new !

575.00 USD

   #WALTHAM20900#WALTHAM20900

 

 

#WALTHAM13660

#WALTHAM13660

 

WALTHAM TWO TONE "BARTLETT" 18 SIZE MODEL 1892 17 JEWELS GOLD FILLED CASE WELL SERVCIED AWESOME POCKET WATCH!!!!  1903

  STOCK NUMBER # WALTHAM13660-4------Just simply beautiful is the way to describe this 18 size stem wind and stem set piece from the Waltham Watch factories in Waltham Mass outside of Boston. This is a big piece with a stunning original 2 tone model 1892 movement signed "P.S Bartlett" and there are 17 clean and inspected jewels, even the cap jewel on the balance bridge is a Sapphire. Please also notice the all jewels are in solid gold jewel settings and the two tone damskeen is nearly perfect with hardly any wear at all as the many scans clearly show you this. There serial number for this 18 size movement is 12,034,982 which tells me it was produced in the year 1903, over 110 years ago and it runs like day one as it has been cleaned the proper way tested and only Mobious watch oil used. The case is gold filled with no personal engravings. The serial number for this case is 2,135,446 and made by the  "Philadelphia Watch Case Company". Across this 18 size gold filled case is 55mm.  The dial is double sunk enamel and nearly perfect and the hands are thin to medium spade railroad  grade. The crystal is glass and flawless :-)

725.00 USD

#WALTHAM13660  #WALTHAM13660#WALTHAM13660

 

 

 

# AM77710

 

WALTHAM CIVIL WAR PIECE COIN SILVER HUNTER CASE KEY WIND IN MUSEUM SERVCIED CONDITION DIAMOND END STONE ON BALANCE COCK  1865

 

Darryl,

I received the watch on Tuesday. I am very pleased. It is completely as described and everything I was hoping for.

I look forward to a long experience with this watch. Iíve never had a comfortable wrist watch, and I donít care to pull out my phone just to see the time. Besides, theyíre pretty much useless when you donít have service.

Again, I am very pleased with the watch.

 

Martin A. Hoxxxxxxx  Sept-27, 2018

#ILLINOIS33440

 #ILLINOIS33440

ILLINOIS COIN SILVER KEY WIND AND SET "B.F.N,Co" ILLINOIS POCKET WATCH AND PERFECTLY SERVCIED 1876

 STOCK NUMBER # ILLINOIS33440-4------This is a big heavy coin (.800% ) silver case and it is an 18 size so there is weight!. This piece across is 58mm. The dial is nearly perfect and consider the fact it is from the year 1876! The hands are thin spade piece and the crystal needless to say is flawless and glass not cheap plastic. The case is signed "Fahy's Coin" and the serial number for this case is R3929. This is a key wind model from the back and a key set from the front in the middle of the dial. There are 15 clean and inspected jewels to this movement and each jewel is perfect. The early serial number for this base Illinois movement signed "B.F.N" is 137,797 which places this American made Illinois pocket watch to the year 1876. A chain is included as well as a pouch.

825.00 USD

#ILLINOIS33440

 

 

# WALTHAM 992220

WALTHAM FANCY MULTI COLOR ENAMEL DIAL MODEL 16 SIZE 1888 AND WELL SERVCIED  1893

 STOCK NUMBER # AM33440-4------

SOLD ;-)

 

 

# AM33440

# AM33440

WALTHAM GOLD FILLED CASE 18 SIZE NEAT AND SCARCE DIAL INDEED WELL SERVCIED 1886!

 STOCK NUMBER # AM33440-4------I have for sale a not so easy to find near perfect "American Waltham Watch Company" logo enamel dial and it is factory original indeed. This is a gold filled 18 size case and across it is 55mm. This is a screw in back and the case serial number is 85,017 and made by the "Fortune Case" company. The movement is a nickel full plate and it is an 1883 model with 15 clean and inspected jewels. The serial number for this stem wind and stem set model is 3,002,024 which places this piece to the year 1886. The crystal is glass and the hands are thin spade fancy pieces. Cleaned and serviced the proper way so expect a clean running gem indeed with a rare enamel Waltham factory dial.

500.00 USD

      # AM33440


  HAMILTON44220

HAMILTON MODEL 972 WITH A SIGNED BACK AND FROM "HAMILTON" SALESMAN CASE RARE INDEED AND WELL SERVCIED!   1909

STOCK NUMBER # HAMILTON44220------ I have a hard to find Hamilton pocket watch in a genuine salesman signed back and front on the case "Hamilton". This is a 3 piece steel case and it is genuine not a cheap repro as it is signed once again Hamilton back and front. The width of this 16 size piece is 52mm and both sides are with perfect glass crystals not cheap plastic. This is a stem wind and stem set model with thin railroad hands. The dial is enamel and original and with a line or two but not Earth shattering at all. The movement is pure and has been well serviced as it is a 17 clean and inspected model 972 from 1901. The serial number for this factory 5 position piece is 724,425 and it is a double roller with a 2.5 over coil Breguet hair spring. The train jewels are all solid gold pressed in pieces so it is a high quality piece indeed. A few winds of the crown and it takes off perfectly as once again we service all  time pieces properly with never a short cut.

Year 1909
Grade 972
Size 16
Jewels 17
Type O.F.
Settings Pendant
Production From 1900
Production To 1921
Quantity 11735

ON HOLD ;-)

 

 

 

# MAGNETIC50

# MAGNETIC50

 

NON MAGNETIC (ILLINOIS) POCKET WATCH 18 SIZE STEM WIND AND LEVER SER "PAILLARD PATENT"  1898

 STOCK NUMBER # MAGNETIC50-4------ This "Non Magnetic Paillard" was produced for the Non magnetic factory by Illinois and it has a rare gothic Illinois double sunk railroad grade dial. This is an 18 size large pocket watch and it is a stem wind and lever set model. The hands are thick railroad spade pieces and the crystal is glass and flawless. This is a gold filled railroad case and signed "derby Roller plate Sturdy". The case serial number is 4,604,548. This is a solid nickel movement and again it is an 18 size piece. There are 17 clean and inspected jewels to this Illinois Non Magnetic movement and it is a full plate piece as you can clearly see by the scan. Please notice the jewels are all in solid gold jewel settings. The serial number for this beauty is 1,398,813 which places this gem to the year 1898. As you can see this is a super clean piece and as it has been properly serviced it keeps great time.

650.00 USD

  # MAGNETIC50

 

 

# SB777

# SB777

SOUTH BEND 16 SIZE WELL SERVICED GOLD FILLED CASE 1921

 STOCK NUMBER # SB777-4------ This is a South Bend stem wind and stem set 219 model movement and it has been adjusted with 4 positions at the factory. There are 19 clean and inspected jewels to this 219 model and all are in perfect order. Please notice all jewels are in solid gold raise settings and the movement has a nice wide line damskeen pattern. The case is gold filled and signed "star 10 year, Dennison Case" and the case serial number is 826126,26. The dial is with a few lines and it is original to this 219 model movement. The crystal is glass and flawless. There are no personal engravings on this case and agian well serviced will this a South bend come to you in!

400.00 USD

      # SB777

 

 

# WA7750

# WA7750

WALTHAM WORLD WAR TWO MILITARY POCKET WATCH WITH BLACK ENAMEL MILITARY DIAL AND ARROW CASE, WELL SERVICED 1943

 STOCK NUMBER # WA77500-4------ Here is a great example of a world war two Waltham military pocket watch. This is a base medal case and on the back it is signed "23314" with the military arrow. Across this 16 size piece is 53mm. On the inside of the back of this screw in case it is written "Keystone watch case" and the case serial number is 960,038. The dial is enamel and never touched or altered as well as the hour and minute hand. The crystal is glass and not a flaw. The movement has been well serviced and it keeps great time for sure. There are 9 clean and inspected jewels to this temperature adjusted movement 16s, and again it is a 16 size by American standards. The serial number for this piece is 31,644,730 and again from the year 1943.

675.00 USD

     # WA7750 # WA7750

 

# ELGIN92220

Dear Darryl

 

Thank you for a wonderful piece I have just acquired. Simple and exactly what I was looking for. It sits in my Bedroom and keeps perfect time.

My sincere regards

"The Warlock" Hollywood Calif.

SOLD ;-)

     

# WALTHAM92220

# WALTHAM92220

WALTHAM 12 SIZE GOLD FILLED CASE "RIVERSIDE" MODEL AND SERVICED 1922

STOCK NUMBER # WALTHAM92220------ I have for sale a super clean Waltham 12 size pocket watch and the dial is factory original metal and gold in color never touched nor altered. Across this gold filled case is only47mm. The crystal is glass and perfect. The case is signed "Cashier , A,W,C,Co" and the case serial number is 687,878. The movement is stunning with large solid gold jewel settings and a perfect checker board damskeen pattern. There are 19 clean and inspected jewels to this piece and it has been serviced the proper way so expect a great time keeper. The serial number is 24,298,107 which places this serviced pocket watch to the year 1922. This is a stem wind and a stem set piece.

475.00 USD

  # WALTHAM92220 # WALTHAM92220

# 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 ;-)

500.00 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.

600.00 USD

  #ELGIN540


# 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 original  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

500.00

 


 # ILLINOIS633

# ILLINOIS633

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

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.

500.00 USD

 

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