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What’s the Difference Between Grade and Model?

The model of a watch is the overall design of the watch’s movement. In general, the model defines the size and shape of the plates and/or bridges. The model especially defines the layout of the (gear) train and the design of the vast majority of the parts. Waltham watches have model numbers which...

How to wear a pocket watch with a waistcoat or with jeans

A wedding is one of the most common events that has men reaching for a pocket watch. Pocket watches bring an instant touch of class to a formal ensemble, making them a great way to take your wedding look to the next level. Whether you’re the groom, a groomsman or simply a dapper guest, a...

What Size Is My Watch?

When a collector refers to an American watch’s “size,” he or she is generally referring to the diameter of the watch movement only, not the case. The same size watch movement will usually fit in a variety of different size cases, so the size of the case is usually not helpful in identifying the...
A Closer Look At Antique Pocket Watches

A Closer Look At Antique Pocket Watches

Pocket watches have been an important part of contemporary civilization and developments in the watch world. Since the 16th century, they have actually been an integral part of male style. These small, round watches represented portable clocks and were a status sign...

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A Brief Introduction

A Brief Introduction

INTRODUCTION : Pocket watches have been an important part of modern civilization and developments in the watch world. Ever since the 16th Century, they have been an integral part of male fashion. These small, round timepieces represented...

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What Do those Words on My Watch Mean?

What Do those Words on My Watch Mean?

Many European-made pocket watches have a wealth of information written on the dust cover and/or movement. Unfortunately, not only are the words often in a foreign language such as French, they are often highly idiomatic and not in common usage today. Many novice...

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What is a “Fusee”?

What is a “Fusee”?

Early clocks were powered by heavy weights attached to long chains. Every day the weight was returned to the top of the clock, and throughout the day gravity pulled the weight down, thereby causing the gears to move. Unfortunately, this only worked if the clock was...

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A Brief History of Timekeeping

A Brief History of Timekeeping

For much of human history, precise timekeeping simply wasn’t that big of a deal. Aside from the fact that there wasn’t any way to keep accurate time thousands of years ago, there simply wasn’t the need to do so. Early cultures that were based on agriculture worked as...

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How Old Is My Watch?

How Old Is My Watch?

With many old pocket watches, it is difficult or even impossible to determine the exact date of production. In many cases, especially with lower grade European watches that were marketed under a variety of names, it is often impossible to even determine who the true...

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Most Common American Watch Companies

Most Common American Watch Companies

American Waltham Watch Company (Waltham, MA. 1851-1957) Also commonly referred to as the “Waltham Watch Company,” the American Waltham Watch Company was the first company to mass produce watches in America and is generally considered to be the most important American...

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Asking the “Experts” for Information about Your Watch

Asking the “Experts” for Information about Your Watch

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t get e-mail from somebody wanting my help in identifying an old pocket watch that they just bought or inherited. Often the person includes a ton of detail about the watch, but at the same time fails to give me the information I...

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“Real” Silver vs. Fake

“Real” Silver vs. Fake

Although silver isn't nearly as valuable as gold, it's still nice to know if your watch is in a silver case or just a silver-colored case. Watch cases made in Europe were often stamped with hallmarks to guarantee that they were silver, but this was not the case [no...

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Gold or Just Gold-Filled?

Gold or Just Gold-Filled?

For obvious reasons, it's important to know whether your watch is in a solid gold case or whether it is merely gold-filled or gold plated [“gold-filled” consists of a base metal such as brass sandwiched between two thin layers of gold]. The only way to be absolutely...

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Railroad Watches

Railroad Watches

Many collectors feel that American watchmaking reached its pinnacle with the invention of the railroad watch. In an effort to meet the stringent and rigorous demands of the railroads, where the incorrect time could and did prove disastrous, American watchmakers were...

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What Does “Adjusted” Mean?

What Does “Adjusted” Mean?

Many pocket watches state that they are “adjusted” to temperature and to a number of positions. This basically means that they have been specially calibrated to maintain the same accuracy under a variety of conditions. A watch that has been adjusted to temperature...

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