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Public announcements of new and upcoming chapter projects, perks, activities, and current events of interest. By the Chapter 149 President.
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No new posts Common Sense
(In memory of Thomas Paine)
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No new posts NAWCC issues & discussions
Open forum to discuss problems, complaints & possible solutions to improve the NAWCC. Steve Mercer, moderator.
46 416 Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:14 am
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No new posts Pocket Watch Discussions
An open public forum for discussions about pocket watches
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No new posts Dial Discussions
Pocket watch dial information & discussions. Open public forum.
79 578 Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:08 pm
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No new posts Case Discussions
Pocket watch case information & discussion. Open public forum.
167 1510 Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:48 am
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No new posts Pocket Watch Value Line for Collectors
Fair Values for your Pocketwatch - An Open Forum
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170 1636 Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:24 am
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No new posts Collector's Journal
to share the joys and experiences we all have
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61 370 Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:28 pm
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No new posts American Watch Company (Waltham) and related companies, 1850-1957
Related American Watch Company products and discussion from "the beginning to end"
95 601 Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:27 am
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No new posts Columbus Watch Company, 1874-1903
Columbus Watch Company, Columbus, Ohio., discussion. In 1874, D. Gruen started the Columbus Watch Company and imported Swiss Ebauches and Dials. In 1879, D. Gruen encouraged Mr. Savage to join him in his import business and renamed the Company to Gruen and Savage still maintaining the Columbus Watch Company on their Movements and Dials. The Columbus Watch Company was incorporated in 1884 from the Gruen and Savage import business to start making American Made movements. First watches were 18s gilt key winds. Made 6, 16 and 18s watches in key wind, stem wind and transitional; gilt, nickel, and damaskeened in 7-25 jewels. New Columbus Watch Company, 1894-1903, name was changed. Sold to the South Bend Watch Company 1903.
2 2 Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:45 pm
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No new posts Hamilton Watch Company, 1892-1969
Born out of the Adams and Perry and Lancaster line of watches made in Lancaster, Pa., Hamilton achieved notority in the watch world as building one of the best performing watches. Made many watches in various grades and sizes, from 7-23, plus one in 25 jewels (unique); in hunting and open face. designs. Especially famous for massive advertising campaigns and the well known and highly successful 992-B.
10 65 Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:30 pm
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No new posts Hampden Watch Company, 1877-1930
Research on the Hampden Watch Company, Springfield, Massachusettws and Canton, Ohio. Made both KW & SW watches in various sizes with 7-23 jewels, many private labels. Solid company with many varied products. Sold to Russia in 1930.
10 55 Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:58 pm
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No new posts E Howard & Co. Boston
Discussion of early. historical E. Howard watches and movements. Jon Hanson, moderator
5 14 Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:18 am
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No new posts Illinois Watch Company, 1869-1927
Illinois Springfield Watch Company, Springfield, Illinois. Discussion and historical research on the Illinois Watch Company and its related name changes. First watch was a gilt 18s key wind, signed Stuart. Many grades, sizes and jeweling variations; many private labels and jeweler names in this the third largest American watch producer. Sold in 1927 to the Hamilton Watch Company.
12 69 Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:59 pm
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No new posts National Watch Company (Elgin), 1864-1864
National Watch Company (Elgin) Elgin, Illinois discussion. Idea originated from other watch factory employees, mainly Waltham; formed in 1864 along with the former Mayor of Chicago (B. W. Raymond) and the first watch produced was an 18s gilt KW signed B.W. Raymond. Watch numbers started at 101. The Elgin Watch Company, Elgin, Illinois was the largest watch producer in America.
4 20 Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:55 pm
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No new posts New York Standard Watch Company, 1885-1929
New York Standard Watch Company, Jersey City, New Jersey. Basically a maker of cheap watches in various sizes; however, most revered is the Clay-Hanson excapement, i.e., the worm gear which proved to be an attractive gimmick for this company which was sold to the Keystone Watch Case Company in 1903.
4 27 Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:05 pm
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No new posts Otay Watch Company, 1889-1890
Otay Watch Company, Otay (south of San Diego), California. Organized by three partners from a real estate firm, Guion, Hartley, and Hamilton along with R. D. Perry a landowner in the Otay area who put up the necessary dollars for the factory building, Frank Kimball was asked to fund the money for the machinery which was shipped from the American Watch Tool Co., Waltham, Ma. as the money had run out. He also got sucked into supplying the operating capital until he either ran out money or refused to spend any more until the company went bankrupt in November 1890. Approximately 1200 watches were produced by The Otay Watch Co. and made in gilt, nickel, or two toned damaskeened. All were 18s hunting case lever set models, 11 or 15 Jeweled and many carried sexy names such as "Overland Mail, Golden Gate, Native Son, California," etc. Highly prized in the West as a rare artifact produced just south of San Diego.
3 11 Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:50 am
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No new posts Rockford Watch Company, 1874-1915
Rockford Watch Company, Rockford, Illinois. Name changed to Rockford Watch Company, Ltd. in 1896. Made key wind and stem wind watches, from 7-25 jewels. Strong railroad following. Long lasting company for 41 years.
5 23 Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:14 pm
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No new posts Seth Thomas watches, 1883-1915
Seth Thomas Clock Company, Thomaston, Connecticut. First watches were placed on the market in 1885--model one, gilt, open face and stem wind. Watches made in 6, 12, 16 and 18s. Some 18s were made with gilt finish and key wind winding. Jeweling exists from 7 to 25 jewels, the most famous being the 18s Maiden Lane grades made in 17 to 25 jewels.
3 33 Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:57 am
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No new posts South Bend Watch Company, 1903-1929
South Bend Watch Company, South Bend, Indiana, discussion. A few entrepreneurs purchased the Columbus Watch Company, all of its machinery and stock. Moved it to South Bend, Indiana, to produce Railroad grade watches and to continue its production. Left some employees at Columbus to finish prior orders.
1 3 Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:07 pm
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No new posts United States Watch Company, Waltham, 1884-1896
United States Watch Company, Waltham, MA, discussion and research. This company was started in Waltham by Charles Vander Woerd (of American Watch Company fame). First "dome" model 16s open face had a square roller and a special setting arrangement; also made interesting acid etched movements in 6, 16 and 18s. Best known for "The President" grade 18s movement.
3 10 Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:45 am
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No new posts United States Watch Company, Marion, NJ 1864-1872
Historical research and discussion of the United States Watch Company, Marion Watch Company, Royal Gold Watch Company and the Empire City Watch Company. Made the first stem wind watch, various mov't sizes, plate design and jeweling combinations, damaskeened and frosted mov't finishes, fancy colored dials, company monograms, masonic & military motifs and other special order dials; used monogramed company case signatures in gold, gold filled, and silver.
12 56 Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:47 am
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No new posts Wrist Watch discussions
Information and assistance on any wrist watch: originality, bands, dials, refinishing, values--FULL DISCUSSION. Moderator: Ronald Votta, Phd.
83 337 Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:04 pm
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No new posts Pocket Watch research projects
Requests by members for data or information.
26 99 Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:27 am
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No new posts Clock forum
Discussion of all clocks, repairs problems.
8 55 Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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