Fantastic!I really appreciate the enthusiastic welcome I've received here.
I am a 23 year old Chemistry graduate student who, about two years ago, began enthusiastically collecting American pocket watches after buying my 7j Elgin.
In that time, I've begun to specialize in early American watches(~1870 and earlier is where I focus), high grade American, and in particular Waltham products(especially the 18 size 1857 and 1892 models). I've also recently taken more of an interest in Illinois and Hamilton products, although to be honest I will buy most anything if it catches my eye.
I repair my own watches, and can occasionally be convinced to repair them for other people. About 8 months ago, I bought a lifelong collection of tools and parts from an 83-year old friend who had decided to get out of the business. I was fortunate in that to get a bench, a complete Boley lathe, a Levin staking set, and about two pickup truck loads of other tools and parts.
Thanks again for the welcome.
That was one of my goals in starting this forum.
I finally got to meet my mentor today and we were discussing how
"cool" is timeless.
I think there is a whole new generation out there who
understands the beauty and artistic form that went into these vintage
Great to see guys like you Ben, enjoy the hunt for great