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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.

 

 

 

# 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!

500.00 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

 

#ILLINOIS92929

#ILLINOIS92929

ILLINOIS 12 SIZE WHITE GOLD FILLED CASE AND SELLING BOX  WELL SERVICED 1925

STOCK NUMBER # ILLINOIS92929------ I have for sale a fully serviced 12 size Illinois watch and it is signed "Autocrat". This 12 size piece is a stem wind and stem set piece. the case is in excellent condition and all hinges are tight and in proper order. This case is signed "Autocrat Model, Keystone Watch Case". The case serial number is 7,916,171. There are three light initials on the back and can be taken off easily at no charge. Across this thin case is 45mm. The dial is metal and never touched as it is factory original. The hands are gold and open end spade pieces. The crystal is glass and perfect not a flaw. The movement once again is called the "Autocrat" and there are 17 clean and inspected jewels to this movement and all jewels are in seated solid gold jewel settings. The entire train (wheels) are casted in solid gold as well! The serial number for this well damskeen movement is 4,757,179 which places this gem to the year 1925. I also have with this piece the outer selling box and in excellent condition so it is a terrific gift or to simply enjoy for yourself.

475.00 USD

  #ILLINOIS92929 #ILLINOIS92929#ILLINOIS92929

 

# ELGIN92220

# ELGIN92220

ELGIN GOLD FILLED HUNTER MODEL "TAYLOR" MODEL 18 SIZE IMPECCABLE SERVICED CONDITION 1882

STOCK NUMBER # ELGIN92220------ Yes this piece is from the year 1882! I kid you not and as the scans show you clearly it is really in impeccable all over condition and a start of a family heirloom or wear everyday and just simply enjoy this 18 size stem wind and lever set Elgin pocket watch. Everything about this fancy colored enamel dial is just right! across this large Elgin case is 55mm and when you push in the crown the lid "pops" perfectly open to a 90 degree angle which is correct for a tight hinge. The case is signed "Fortune" and the case serial number is 70,854 and all plates on this case have the same serial number. The dial is enamel and almost perfect and multi colored and made at the Elgin factory. The hands are open end piece and fancy style. The crystal is perfect not a flaw. The movement I have serviced the proper way so expect a great reliable time keeper from 1882 and again impeccable is the word that comes to mind!  There are 15 clean and inspected jewels to this Elgin Taylor model pocket watch and all have been inspected. The serial number for this full plate Elgin movement is 1,058,737. This is a stunning piece and on a closing note there are no personal engravings on the case ;-)

875.00 USD

      # ELGIN92220# ELGIN92220

 

# WALTHAM72220

 

WALTHAM 18 SIZE "CRESCENT ST" GOLD FILLED "BOXED CASE" POCKET WATCH AND SERVICED 18 SIZE  1896

STOCK NUMBER # WALTHAM72220------ Here I have an 18 size genuine Boxed hinged gold filled case and all hinges are perfect.  This is a stem wind and a lever set piece. The case is signed "Fahy's Montauk No.1". The case serial number is653,071 . The dial is a Canadian railroad double sunk 24 hour dial and the neat thing is the outer large numbers are Roman numerals and the inner numbers are Arabic which is seldom seen! The hands are Waltham thin spade piece and the crystal is perfect. This movement is in perfect order and has been serviced the proper way with never a short cut taken. There are 21 clean and inspected jewels to this gem and the jewels are all in solid gold jewel settings. The serial number for this 18 size stem wind and lever set model 1892 is 7,901,975 which places this beauty to the year 1896!

ON HOLD :-)

# 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.

775.00 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

600.00

 


 # 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.

650.00 USD

 

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