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Jeweler's Hobby Is Watches

From American Horologist magazine, March, 1945

Jeweler's Hobby Is Watches
By Frank Cipolon

Charles Brown, a 50-year-old jeweler and horologist in London, England, is perhaps one of the best known connoisseurs of ladies' and men's watches in this part of the globe. The watches in his collection, 2,000 in number, range in size from a few tiny as a quarter-dollar to some larger than your doubled up fist.

He has displayed the watches in his showcase window countless times, but if customers take the trouble to walk into the store they find the biggest attraction is Brown himself.

Brown's flare for watches outrivals the fabulous "Diamond Jim" Brady's attraction to diamonds. He carries sixteen watches with him at all times.  One in each lapel of his coat; one in each of his cuff links; a triangular watch on a chain; one in his pencil, another in his cigarette lighter. Then he has a watch in his cigarette case and one in his diamond tie pin; one on each wrist and five in his pockets!

Recently when questioned by his wife as to what gift he would like on his 50th birthday, Brown replied: "A watch." She presented him with one on which was inscribed: "At any hour of the day I love you."

Perhaps Brown's mania for watches can best be explained by the following: Charlie's folks were poor.

As a sixteen-year-old youngster at school graduation exercises, Charles watched wide-eyed and wistfully as others in his group were presented fine watches from parents as token honoring their achievements. Charlie vowed on that day that he would spend the rest of his life, if need be, to become the owner of the astounding amount of 100 watches. Today he is still adding to his collection of 2,000.

His friends amicably call him "a walking watch factory." And he likes it. It's good for his business. When he tells a customer a particular watch is a good buy, the customer has faith in his words and usually, a transaction follows. 

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