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Thread #109059 Message #2299348
Posted By: GUEST,Ingrid Frances Stark
28-Mar-08 - 12:46 AM
Thread Name: Watch for Utah
Subject: RE: Watch for Utah
Okay then. I'll try one more time.
I'm not going to make blue clicky links, cuz I think thats part of why I'm having trouble getting things to post. Cut and paste the links into your browser (easier if you open a second window).
Here's the Basic Hamilton Railroad approved Pocket watch, so we have a starting point:
The official railroad pocket watch generally came in what is called an "open" case, meaning it has no cover. Since Utah says he'd prefer a cover, I've been trying to find something that looks like the real thing, but with a cover. The real deal has arabic numerals, not roman; all the minutes marked, with the fives in red; the second hand in a sub-dial.
I can find a watch like that with a cover easily, in a quartz movement. Its a bit harder in a mechanical movement.
Keep in mind, too, that an antique watch does not neccessarily come with a warranty.
Ok, here we go....
For those of you who would like to learn a little more about watches, terminology, styles, etc., go to this site and click on 'learning center':
Here's a nice looking one, slightly more ornamented, but has both arabic numerals and a sub dial in a hunt case.
Another antique, 5th down the page:
Colibri makes a line of nice pocket watches, but they only make quartz movements. Here's one on Amazon:
A mechanical watch is all well and good, but the technological jump that happened when the quartz movement was invented makes it harder to find them. The cheapest quartz watch is still going to be more accurate than a high quality mechanical movement on a day to day basis. And I fear that the only chioces wwe have are an antique, and therefore questionable in its function, or a new quartz watch. You can "wind" a quartz watch, it has no effect, but it won't hurt it, either. As long as the battery gets changed about once a year, it should keep perfect time.
So far I have been looking only on line. There are several good watch and clock shops in the Madison area where I may be able to find more variety. Let me know where you all want this to go.