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Mechanical motion
Posted by philo426 on Thursday, June 2, 2022 10:47 PM

https://youtu.be/WB41EdYLB3w

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, June 3, 2022 8:29 AM

I'll light it up for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB41EdYLB3w

Cool!  Just like the one's I've got!

If you don't know how old it is give me the serial number on the movement and I'll look it up for you.

They sure don't make 'em like that anymore!  Well, actually they do, but it'll cost you!   

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 3, 2022 8:45 AM

Well according to the pocket watch site it dates to 1902!keeps good time and runs almost silently 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, June 3, 2022 10:15 AM

Well, we don't want it to be TOO silent.  When I run my pocket watches I like to put them up to my ear and "Listen to the heartbeat of another century."

Think about the world of 1902.  How different things were.  Hmm

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 3, 2022 11:14 AM

Indeed you can hear it ticking but the room has to be quiet!

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Posted by gregc on Friday, June 3, 2022 11:58 AM

you may find bradLitwin.com interesting -- start with quadrapult

 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 3, 2022 12:24 PM

Pretty impressive stuff!

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Posted by ADCX Rob on Friday, June 3, 2022 2:52 PM

I tried to embed it for you, but YouTube "shorts" aren't supported for embedding in most browsers.

Rob

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 3, 2022 4:24 PM

Thanks but my pocket watch has roman numerals

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, June 3, 2022 4:44 PM

Interesting video!

Just in case anyone's wondering, the "silverode" marking on the rear cover means the watch has a nickle-silver case.  There's actually no silver in it, it's an alloy of copper and nickle, which is also known as "German silver."  I've seen them marked "silveroid" as well.  A handsome, durable, and economic case.

Since the watch is stem-wind, stem-set there's little reason for him to have taken the crystal off.  However one point of interest (to me anyway) is the notch in the case at the two o'clock position.  The watch has a 1919 movement but the case is a little older, it was originally produced for a stem-wind, lever-set movement.  The notch is where the lever would have been.

It's not a railroad watch, but a nice watch just the same.

Here's a bit of trivia.  Prior to WW1 wrist watches were considered effeminate, REAL men wore pocket watches, the bigger the better!  A popular term for them was "turnips."  The First World War changed all that, pocket watches were impractical in the trenches and really were impractical for men in uniform anyway.  The pocket watch didn't die out of course, but it became less and less popular as time went by. 

But boy-oh-boy are they fun!  I own several, the oldest being from 1877.  Still runs great and keeps good time.  And it really gets people's attention!

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 3, 2022 5:04 PM

Yes it only has 15 Jewels so it does not qualify to be a rail road watch but it seems like a fairly good quality watch.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, June 4, 2022 8:45 AM

Fifteen jewels is quality all right!  It's a good piece!

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Posted by philo426 on Saturday, June 4, 2022 8:52 AM

I agree!

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