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It's always nice to get positive feedback. Getting a watch ticking again after many idle decades is the most rewarding part of the work.

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dateMon, Dec 14, 2009 at 7:23 AM

Dear Jeff,

You may remember rebuilding my father's Elgin watch a year or so ago. I am very proud of it and show it off whenever I can.

I attended a luncheon last week and sported my Elgin in a vest pocket with a gold chain. It attracted a lot of attention and I was able to tell several people about how I found you, your background and how you performed your magic on my watch.

I keep my watch on a Victorian watch stand on a desk in the living room and each time I pass it I say, "Thank You Jeff".

I want to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

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