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Horologists Builds Own Street Clocks
Once in a while, I'm asked about the photos that appear here. Here's a few details on a sample. Click on the photo for a larger view.
Here's an unusual private label watch marked "John Mitsch, Allegheny Pa."
Note the solid balance on this slow-beat design.
The watch features an hour wheel which has been repaired at some point in the past. A tooth has been replaced - nice work too.
One of a series of little biographies of Elgin Watches
WRITTEN BY EMINENT ELGINEERS
Gentle who make pictures and books and plays and such things for the divertissement of their fellows, are not supposed to work by the watch.
But even an artist has appointments to keep, orders to fill, and the 5.15 to catch. And if he is habitually late for dinner, the cook will not stay.
For many years, I might have been known as a "two watch man." I carried an opulent, turnip-shaped watch bequeathed to me by an ancestor - and another given me by an associate. Between the two, by checking one against the other and striking a happy mean, I have managed to secure a fair approximation of time.
But one day, it dawned on me that it might not be economic wisdom to use two implements for the work of one. So I secured an Elgin - which has since become my paragon of punctuality - keeping time as remorselessly and accurately as the Gray-Beard with the Scythe.
There's a lot of material, this will take awhile, but there are two lessons available now. Enjoy...
I received the following email October 25, 2010.
Date: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 8:46 AM
Subject: Chicago School of Watchmaking Lesson Plans
From Horology magazine, July1938
HOW TO OPEN NEW GRUEN CASES
The use of the cleaning machine has definitely become a part of the routine in most horological shops and no one whu has experienced the ease of machine cleaning is likely to return to the old method. Investigation has shown, however, that in many instances horologists have failed to derive the advantages which these machines offer.
I just ran across this original photo of my Grandfather. I had not seen the original before, but I believe this picture was printed in the Cour d'Alene Press as part of a feature on local business. This was taken sometime in the early 1970s I would guess.
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