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Old 12-25-11, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
I have one of these, but in much better condition. It has no wear marks of any kind. I don't think it was ever carried anywhere. My great grandfather was given this in the 1800's when he retired. This information is all engraved on the inside of the back cover. The outside of the back cover has his initials on it. It was cleaned and serviced about 30 years ago. It keeps time as well as my quartz watches.
Check out the price on this link, mine is much, much, better.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PATEK-PHILIP...item35b7fd40a9
Patek has an awesome repair department and can custom manufacture parts to repair any watch they have ever produced.
I believe Constantin Vacheron and a couple other older swiss brands do the same.
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Old 12-25-11, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
very very nice!! That's a classic. I'd put it away, or in the safe deposit box, and make sure its insured.
Thank you.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
Patek has an awesome repair department and can custom manufacture parts to repair any watch they have ever produced.
I believe Constantin Vacheron and a couple other older swiss brands do the same.
Thank you very much. I had no idea.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:19 PM
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My favorite cycling watch, crown and chrono buttons on top.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
a classic swiss made timepiece, which was made by hand, with an automatic movement and other complications, that keeps time as good or better than any battery operated watch,
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Here is a picture of mine (1995 Daytona.)
Nils nice...

By the way Rolex didn't make the cut to go to the moon Omega did also the watch on the left keeps perfect time in comparison to an automatic movement... The Suisse timepiece while indeed an art form is not chronologically the best time keeper it will never keep better time than my 1st gen Seiko Quartz on the left. You don't see Rolex keeping time for satellite telemetry that requires quartz and computer precision...
AND like anything mechanical it requires maintenance even though most don't maintain their watches the beauty of an automatic movement is well moving... Oil & Cogs & gears & wheels & jewels how could cyclist not appreciate that!?
There is indeed an almost mystical feeling when I wear my automatics and even my wind ups

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Old 12-26-11, 03:22 AM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
My great grandfather was given this in the 1800's when he retired.
Your great grandfather was given a 1920's pocketwatch when he retired in the 1800's?
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Old 12-26-11, 05:26 AM
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Old 12-26-11, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
And I understand that. My grandfather left me a beautiful Swiss pocket watch circa 1860's, has 4 smaller faces and the face is made of gold highlighted ceramic. Quite a wonder and still works.
I would like to see a pic of that, if you wouldn't mind posting one.

I did not think that level of complication existed at that time in a pocket watch. It is, at the very least, exceedingly rare and I'd love to know more about it.
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Old 12-26-11, 08:13 AM
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Kc0yef,

Nice Seiko digital! Not a lot of those survive, despite at the time of their issue, being quite expensive watches (as expensive as Rolex Oysterdate or more). I think that the rapid deployment of electronic technology really drove down costs quickly, and watch prices fell accordingly. Nonetheless, from a historic perspective, they're notable, and yours really marks the start of the modern watch era. Cool!

P.S. lemme know when you want to sell it.
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Old 12-26-11, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
Your great grandfather was given a 1920's pocketwatch when he retired in the 1800's?
Don't know. I was wondering about that too.

To get the back open without scratching I need to take it to the watch shop.
When I do, I can read the date he retired. Maybe same style differernt year? I'm not an expert.

Glad you brought it up, I have to drive right past the watch shop today. I keep forgeting to take it in.
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Old 12-26-11, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
Your great grandfather was given a 1920's pocketwatch when he retired in the 1800's?
Yeap...he invented the first time machine for your informaton!!
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Old 12-26-11, 02:18 PM
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I'm going to use the time machine, go back in time,read the inside cover of the watch, and fix my post.
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Old 12-26-11, 02:25 PM
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My father was born in 1922. He knew his grandfather. How do I estimate when his grandfather might have been around 65?
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Old 12-26-11, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
My father was born in 1922. He knew his grandfather. How do I estimate when his grandfather might have been around 65?
The 41 is not where I'd go for math.
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Old 12-26-11, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
My father was born in 1922. He knew his grandfather. How do I estimate when his grandfather might have been around 65?
What I'd like to know is - who gives somebody a pocket watch and engraves it inside the case where it can't be read?
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Old 12-26-11, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
What I'd like to know is - who gives somebody a pocket watch and engraves it inside the case where it can't be read?
This is typical for pocket watches. Look around on the web or Ebay you'll see a few. The back cover will open, but then there is another cover to open that covers the works . The only problem is that the case is gold and there is just a tiny ridge to push on to get the back to open. I could do it with something like a knife, but that will scratch the watch. I'm going to see how the shop does it. They have done it before around 30 years ago.. I'm thinking anti sieze grease would be good there. If you look super close at the one I linked to you can just see a tiny bump on the circumference that sticks out, very small. It would be around 10:00. Drove to the shop today, it's cosed. AGH !!

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The 41 is not where I'd go for math.
Good point!

If my father was born when his parents were 22 that would put them at 1900 if their parents were 20 when they were born, that puts them at 1880. 65 years added to 1880 would make my great grandfather 65 around 1945. That makes the 1920 date or even later more likely. I have so many antiques with notes attached to the them, I can't remember all the dates.
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Old 12-26-11, 03:56 PM
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The watch I linked to shows the outside back cover open with the inside back cover closed, and then with both back covers open.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PATEK-PHILIP...item35b7fd40a9

wonder why they do that?
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Old 12-26-11, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
I would like to see a pic of that, if you wouldn't mind posting one.

I did not think that level of complication existed at that time in a pocket watch. It is, at the very least, exceedingly rare and I'd love to know more about it.
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Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
What I'd like to know is - who gives somebody a pocket watch and engraves it inside the case where it can't be read?
All depends on what is written...
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Old 12-27-11, 02:40 AM
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I have a Swatch.
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Decent, cheap, and kind of blurry. My kind of timepiece.

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