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Old 04-04-21, 09:58 PM
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Hi Krakhaus, would you happen to have a blue Swatch from around 1985 with Navy signal flags? I lost mine years ago, but still have a few other ones around. Yours looks Great!
I don't have it, but I know the one you're referring to. It's a pretty rare one from 84 I believe.
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Here you go. https://www.ebay.com/itm/orologio-sw...kAAOSwSnBesGjr
If you want it, I'd jump on it. That's a pretty great deal.
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Originally Posted by krakhaus
Here you go. https://www.ebay.com/itm/orologio-sw...kAAOSwSnBesGjr
If you want it, I'd jump on it. That's a pretty great deal.
EVERYONE had one of those back in the day!!!
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This was my first watch when I was a kid (1977/78):

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Hand-winding mechanical chronographs


Commie watches from Russia and China plus a few early post-war Swiss chronographs with Landeron 48 movements. This last year, time ceased to matter, and the digital clock on the microwave does just fine.
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My stainless steel chronometer is worth more than the 30 or so bikes I own. Silly, I know.
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Here is my 1932 Hamilton pocket watch. Made a cool stand for it today. My wife gave it to me as a wedding present.

With my favorite mug.


I used an old spoke and a gorgeous piece of Cambodian hardwood.
What are the odds.... I saw this thread and before even opening it, dug out a Hamilton pocket watch that had belonged to my father. I am unclear as to how he came to have it. But if you look below, you will see it is the same model. IIANM, it is a model 992 railroad. I have not opened the case, so I do not have a date. It does not run, and as you can see it has some damage to the face. After I post this, I am going to wade through the rest of the thread.

EDIT: Found it is actually a 972, produced circa 1913-14. Replaced mainspring and it is now running. I have also since learned the watch belonged to his uncle, who would be of course be my great uncle. My great uncle worked as a saddle maker in a logging camp, hence the fob.

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Christmas gift to myself a few years ago. A must-have brand if you are into the Belgian spring classics: Rodania:




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I had a roommate once (DECADES ago). He was...a mechanical genius.
He was making a living at the time as a watchmaker: repairing watches at a jewlry store.
But on his time, he went around to antiuqe stores and other places, buying up old broken pocket watches and restoring them, making parts if he couldn't find the right ones.
he was also very into virctrola machines, 78 records and their players, and old juke boxes (that played 78s).
And could repair and rebuild: tape recorders, cars, indsutrial machinery, computers (not that there were a lot of those in in 1970), etc...Pretty much anything.
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No bike - but it is hanging out in its natural habitat



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hereís a couple of my old biking watches that took a licking and stopped ticking.


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When I was a sophomore in HS in 1963, I went with my parents to Rwanda Africa where my dad a doctor was director of a hospital. On the way we stopped over in Switzerland (among other places) where my parents got me a watch as a kind of graduation out of childhood. They paid $160 + for a Girard-Perregaux. That was when 4 Swiss francs = $1. In the picture it is the silver watch on the right. It always gave me trouble. I went from Rwanda to a high school in Mussoorie, India. I took it to a jeweler in that town who tried to fix it and complained about the difficulty in doing so. My junior year I was back in the states and as the custom of that era at that school, I loaned it to my girlfriend as a sign we were going steady. She gave it back to me because she couldn't afford to keep it running. It looks pretty beat up now so I must have used it more my senior year but I have no memory of that. Now it sits in my desk drawer among sentimental trinkets and other stuff not quite bad enough to throw away. Watch experts can advise but I thought a GP watch had some value and was collectable.

It was fun to open up this drawer that I almost never look in. The notebook it is sitting on was a collection of frame shop addresses in the UK. I used it with my Brit rail pass to systematically visit as many frame shops as I could in the summers of 73 and 74 to try and find someplace where I could learn. I have a bunch of bicycle related lapel pins I've collected over the years. Many of those I got about 20 years ago in Ukraine. My favorite is right under my watch and came from the XB3 bicycle company in Kharkov, Ukraine. I used to wear in on my suit jacket I wore to church. Among the other trash is the Lance Armstrong/Shimano Dura Ace pins commemorating his Tour wins (there is a yellow Livestrong band in there too) as well as some Hilly Hundred ones as well. I see a few RAGBRAI key chains and other momentos.

On the left is a couple of dress Seikos that don't have either sentimental or monetary value.They just went into the drawer to die after I got something new. Most of my life I wore Casio calculator watches until they made me look hopelessly outdated. I stopped wearing nice watches because making frames in my shop turns them ugly pretty fast.

I'm not sure when I got my Texas Instruments calculator for around $100. 1973 maybe? It made grad school easier so I didn't have to do square roots by hand. I remember it was 1975 when suddenly they became cheap to buy.

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Ouch! I'm a member of that club; only difference is my watch survived intact:



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Oh my....lucky. With a watch like that Iíll bet you checked to see if your watch was ok before you thought about your injuries.
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Oh my....lucky. With a watch like that Iíll bet you checked to see if your watch was ok before you thought about your injuries.
Bite your tongue! Of course I checked to make sure the bike was okay first

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Oh no, my other obsession.

My latest acquisition...

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A couple of pockets watches. A Nastrix, gift from my parents one Xmas.

The other was my Grandfatherís Traub Bros (Detroit)...Stamped 14k. Donít know much about it & needs servicing since runs way too fast.
Inside reads Duber Watch Co. Canton, Ohio. On the rim edge, thereís a 1796 stamp? Not sure if itís a dob or...?

The engraved initials are fancy script. EM on the back & I canít really make out the frontís initialing.
Maybe was a ladies watch...?
If someone has any info, Iíd appreciate it !






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I have more watches than I do bikes. But the coolest timekeeping piece that I have is the JLC Atmos. The clock never needs winding; it has a capsule that is filled with a special gas and temperature variations cause the capsule to expand and contract. The capsule is connected to a chain which goes to the mainspring and the expansion/contraction winds the movement. A single degree of temperature variation is enough to wind the clock for approximately two days.

This one is a 'baby Atmos' (model 526-5) and was made in the 1950s.


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Here are some of mine (poor pics, I know... the first few were taken about 3 phones ago...)


This was a Confirmation gift from my grandfather. It is WAY too small for my wrist... maybe a gift for my son?


This was a college graduation gift:


One of the guys I coached (rowing) received this when he graduated from BUDS.


Independence Day Regatta champion watch


Last summer, I won an auction at a charity. The description just said "James Bond Watch". No picture other than a movie poster of Daniel Craig, and NOT showing the watch. I was the only bidder $500

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...If someone has any info, Iíd appreciate it !


I don't know anything about pocket watches but the gold coin on the chain is valuable. I can't tell enough from the pictures but is that a quarter eagle (2 1/2 dollars) or half eagle (5 dollars) coin? It is written out on the bottom of the reverse side (written either 2 1/2 or five dollars - just like that). The two are almost the same except size. I can read that the date is 1908. If it is a half eagle with a S mint mark (meaning it was minted in San Francisco) it has extremely low mintage (82,000). Strangely while low mintage usually = greater value, not so much with the 1908 S half eagles (unless it is nearly uncirculated and then the value explodes).. Anyway depending on what coin it is, it probably has a value between $500 and $1000.

The mint marks can be found all the way to the right edge of the coin by the eagle's feet. There are 3 possibilities, no mint mark (meaning it was minted in Philadelphia) or a D (Denver) or a S. You have got me really curious about whether that coin is a quarter or half eagle and whether - if it is a half eagle - it has a S mint mark. Be sure and let me know or I will die of curiosity.
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