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Guide to start collecting Pocket Watches by Craig Duling

Pocket watches will never go out of style. Their functionality is forever present from its beginnings in the 16th century and through the 21st century. The first watches produced in the 16th century were known as “Nuremberg Eggs” and could hardly be characterized as the...

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History of the Railroad Timepiece Pt 2

Among collectors, the railroad watch has come to have a special significance, charm and lasting value. The continued attraction of railroad watches remains strong due to their esteemed value and romantic dignity. Since the railroad watch is a time piece of exacting precision, historical significance...

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A Synopsis: Case Combinations and Movements

CASE IN POINT Trends in Antique Early American Pocket Watch Manufacturing Once ubiquitous as the archetype of America’s golden era, the American-made mechanical watch has gradually succumbed to mass-produced disposable quartz imports; inexpensive overseas manufacturing; and rapid proliferation of digital and online technologies. For nearly 100 years,...

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The Fusee Movement

The Fusee – A Temporal Adventure “Punctuality gets marked as a morally elevated thing.” Robert V. Levine, social psychologist and author of A Geography of Time (June 1997) For primitive humans, the passage of time was understood as a series of transitions -- darkness yielded to light; the phases of...

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History of the Railroad Timepiece

Quintessential of the early American railroad is the enduring image of a handsomely-suited train conductor dutifully looking down at his pocket watch. Even more important than appreciating its symbolic significance is to acknowledge that the operation of entire North American railroad system relied upon the...

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The Strike That Struck A Watch

In November of 1940, the Hamilton 992B was introduced and initial shipments commenced. It boasted new design features, a monometallic balance and the new “Elinvar Extra” hairspring, and interchangeability of parts. The design improvements quickly made the 992B the universal standard for the railroad watch...

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How to appraise your Pocket Watch?

So, you’ve stumbled across a pocket watch in the attic; or maybe it was in a box of treasures that your late grandfather had set aside to “be yours” one day. No matter how you may have come across this timeless treasure, your curiosity is...