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Post by AJC on 2012-09-22, 08:34

and i bought this...

1920's Elgin Watch Co. Railroad Watch

Now, i wrote a review yesterday and while i was inserting the pictures the computer shut off. So here's a quickie:


Strong running, accurate, beautifully decorated elgin pocketwatch from the 1920's that belonged to a guy that conducted a postal train. All three hands are blued and it has a cool mediterranean motif engraved in the center of the dial. Caseback has a choo-choo engraved by hand.





The movement has weird geometric patterns engraved over top of geneve striping and "ELGIN NATL WATCH CO U.S.A." and a serial number engraved and filled with dark red enamel. It ticks loudly 18,000 times an hour and is pretty damn accurate for a pocketwatch of this age. The inside of he caseback has "cleaning 9/30/60 jeweler" and an indistinguishable symbol faintly engraved by hand. I hope that wasn't the last time it was cleaned





It also came with this american made wood/glass display. I'm going to use it as a desk clock at work before selling it.


If anyone knows where to get an antique chain for it, let a brother know!

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Post by conjurer on 2012-09-22, 11:28

Nice, AJ! If you're gonna keep it, you might want to have a good service done on it.
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Post by mrneddles on 2012-09-22, 12:36

Are the engravings on the base plates original? They look like they may have been added sometime after its production.

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Post by AJC on 2012-09-22, 12:58

mrneddles wrote:Are the engravings on the base plates original? They look like they may have been added sometime after its production.


Until i do more research on the movement, i have no idea.


Very well could be.

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Post by AJC on 2012-09-22, 13:57


http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2uswk&Elgin_291

Engraving is original but i am unsure if it's railroad grade.

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Post by Guest on 2012-09-22, 14:18

Wow, that's simply gorgeous! Congrats on that find!

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Post by AJC on 2012-09-22, 22:08

conjurer wrote:Nice, AJ! If you're gonna keep it, you might want to have a good service done on it.
Stormchaser wrote:Wow, that's simply gorgeous! Congrats on that find!

thanks. I'd like to thank the dirty hicks of landenberg pennsylvania for having junk auctions.

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Post by Mortuus on 2012-09-23, 00:18

I'm not much into pocket watches, but even a pogue like myself can see how amazing this one is...I also like your desk clock idea; just plain way-cool! (Sure beats the crap outta those silly-assed turdling and goofy-as-snot Android watches du pockets...) Will done, and God bless them thar midul uh no-whar Anteek Ockshunz!!! What a Face

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Post by AJC on 2012-09-23, 11:27

Mortuus wrote:I'm not much into pocket watches, but even a pogue like myself can see how amazing this one is...I also like your desk clock idea; just plain way-cool! (Sure beats the crap outta those silly-assed turdling and goofy-as-snot Android watches du pockets...) Will done, and God bless them thar midul uh no-whar Anteek Ockshunz!!! What a Face

And the middle of nowhere it was. Go along ol rt 896 past a whole bunch of nothing, pass a couple farm houses, and when you smell the mushroom farms (smells like concentrated shit juice) it's the big white farm house and barns with a bunch of characters walking around.
I bought an old tube AM radio too but it doesn't work. Gonna see how difficult it would be to go about fixing it.

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Post by Mortuus on 2012-09-23, 20:45

Believe it or not, most tube radios are much easier to fix than their solenoid-laden, wood grain stickered, laid-away-at-K-Mart counterparts of today... Just check the main bus wire for continuity, replace the old paper-skinned capacitors and resistors, and use an e-lectronics vacuum to gently remove all the old grime, spider webs and dead bugs. And it never hurts to test your tubes, assuming, of course, that you have a tube tester...which I do, but I spent quite a lot a Samolians on it...

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