Started the day with this but switched when I got engrossed in trying to set a Seiko digital.
Who is John Galt ?
Probably this Benrus Wristalarm after dinner
A little Canby action Today...
Love the Illinois, Greg!
I'm not sure what I'll wear. At this point I have so many that I often try to go for a theme for the week.
Last week, being a short work week, I did Matching or Integrated Bracelets, because I'd just finished fixing the Elgin Curtis, with integrated Hadley bracelet on the left. The Lord Elgin Stratford on the right had been fiished some weeks earlier, and had gotten the correct NOS JB Champion bracelet. That was Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday was this unnamed Elgin Deluxe.
Maybe this week I'll do Elgin's American Made automatics. I'll start with my 607...
Doug, we need to see more of you and your collection here.
Watches were downright expensive back them and it is amazing that you matched your watches to the ads.
I'd observe that quality watches were quite expensive then, but they're still expensive now. Figure an inflation factor of about 10-fold for 1950 to today, and you get these watches selling in the $500-1000 range, which is about where you find Hamiltons and others now. Consider, though - for that price, you got a hand-assembled and timed, fully-jeweled mechanical movement, in a goldfilled case with a layer of gold thick enough to last through a decade or more of wear without brassing. Not so bad, considering!
One thing that HAS happened is that cheaper watches have gotten much, much better. First Timex and their durable and accurate unjeweled watches, and later quartz watches made it so you no longer had to choose between cost and accuracy. The cheapest $10 quartz watch is more accurate than all but the most expensive watches of the 1950s.
This is why I consider vintage American watches such a bargain. I often pick them up for less in 2013 dollars than they originally sold for in 1950 dollars! And they have years more life in them! They just need a little polishing, a new crystal and strap, and a real COA and they're good to go.
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