The Future of Antique Pocket Watches in the Digital Age

Antique pocket watches are timeless pieces that have been treasured for centuries. While these timepieces were once an essential part of everyday life, their significance has changed over time. As a digital age emerges, collectors and enthusiasts are left to wonder about the future of antique...

Exploring Antique Repeating (Repeater) Pocket Watches

Antique pocket watches have long been cherished for their intricate designs, craftsmanship, and historical significance. But among all the different types of antique pocket watches, the repeating (or repeater) pocket watch stands out as a particularly fascinating and intricate example of this...

Finding Antique Clocks And Watches

Prior Verge Fusee Pocket Watch ... Germany Staiger Alarm Clock … Elgin National Pocket Watch … Seth Thomas Mantle Clock … Antique Leroy Repeater Pocket Watch What do the above have in common? Well, besides being timekeepers, all of them are examples of old, classic, and antique clocks and watches....
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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Antique Pocket Watches: “Real” Silver vs. Fake

Antique Pocket Watches: “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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Railroad Antique Pocket Watches

Railroad Antique Pocket 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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What Are Watch “Jewels”?

What Are Watch “Jewels”?

A watch movement mostly consists of a number of gears [called “wheels”] held in place by an upper and a lower plate. Each wheel has a central shaft [called an “arbor”] running through it, the ends of which fit into holes in the plates. If you have a metal shaft in a...

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What Size Is My Antique Pocket Watch?

What Size Is My Antique Pocket 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...

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How Are Different Antique Pocket Watches Set?

How Are Different Antique Pocket Watches Set?

Most people think that you set a pocket watch the same way you set a wristwatch -- by pulling out the winding stem. Well, that is true with many pocket watches, but by no means all of them! In fact, there are four main ways pocket watches can be set, and if you don't...

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How Do You Open the Back of a Pocket Watch ?

How Do You Open the Back of a Pocket Watch ?

Most of the information crucial to identifying a particular pocket watch is inscribed on the watch movement. Different watches allow you to see the movement in different ways, however, and if you don't realize how your watch opens up you can damage it. Pry off – on...

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What’s the Difference Between Grade and Model?

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...

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Who Made My Antique Pocket Watch?

Who Made My Antique Pocket Watch?

The question I am most often asked is some variation of “Who made my watch?” This question usually occurs because the watch has no visible maker's name or brand, and the answer is not quite as straightforward as you might think. There are various reasons why an old...

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