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This is a 7 jewel, 12 size watch, made about 1929. It has a nice engraved back with a lot of character.
Quite a lot of extra finish work went into these high-end products.
This example was made about 1900.
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California Scientists and Horologists Welcome Maker of Free Pendulum Clocks
New Zealand heard his voice from the Dominion Observatory at Wellington and so did Fiji, who are not overburdened with distinguished visitors and demanded a show of their own.
Since his arrival at Los Angeles via Samoa and Honolulu he has been much engaged with the astronomers and scientists at Pasadena and it is unfortunate that there was no meeting of the Los Angeles Guild of the Horological Association of California during his short stay. However, before leaving for Mount Hamilton on the 2nd of February, two dozen of the leaders of our profession, hastily called together by the secretary, entertained him at dinner at the Los Angeles Athletic Club under the chairmanship of Mr. J. McAuliffe and were well rewarded by a fund of stories, reminiscences, horological lore and philosophy.
In the East, Mr. Hope-Jones is to be the guest of Mr. John J. Bowman of the Bowman Technical School, Lancaster, Pa. He is billed for a lecture at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, on the 11th of March, after which we understand that the Horological Society of New York has designs upon him. He returns to England on the Queen Mary, sailing on the 24th of March.
Students Build Timepieces
Many students take advantage of the mechanical drawing classes which are conducted at the Elgin Watchmakers College to plan and build complete instruments, in addition to the regular course of horological study. A number of other students have used the experience and knowledge gained at the college to make some outstanding pieces long after leaving the school.
Injunction Against Price Cutter Granted
The injunction states, "The accepting of articles of nominal value and the giving of a trade-in allowance therefor in excess of the reasonable value thereof as a 'trade-in' is hereby declared to be a subterfuge to escape the provisions of the Law and is hereby enjoined and restrained.
"The selection of isolated models of the plaintiff's product and advertising them for sale as 'close-outs' is hereby declared to be a subterfuge to escape the provisions of the Law, and such action is hereby enjoined and restrained." Thus, in a court test New York's Feld-Crawford Fair Trade Law was upheld and the Hamilton Watch Company was successful in its effort to prevent price cutting.
Informing the Public
With all the activities of several states for licensing of watchmakers, I am just wondering why Certified Watchmakers throughout the country don't start some kind of movement to let the public know that there are Certified Watchmakers.
In this country, with no trade restriction, I believe the public will be interested to know there is one organization whose certified members have passed a test and received their certificates by merit, to whom the public can trust its timepieces without any doubt. If we can bring this before the public it will make our certificates really valuable, much more so than asking or waiting for retail jewelers to have their watchmakers certified, when the public will ask the retail jeweler, before leaving the job, "Is your watchmaker a Certified Watchmaker?" This would exercise a certain amount of pressure on the retail jeweler, and he would be anxious to employ a Certified Watchmaker.
Some of your readers may have the acquaintance of or influence with some weekly or monthly periodical or possibly some daily paper which might be glad to print something of the functions of the Horological Institute of America and its Certification work.
We must marvel at the beautiful finish, interchangeability of parts and general perfection of the modern timepiece. Adjustment of an escapement is now seldom necessary unless it has been tampered with, usually by a novice. What a contrast between the nicely fitted pallet stones of the average present day watch and the crudely cemented ones found in the older watches.
Despite the improvement in manufacture, however, too many timepieces are subject to early deterioration. The factory finishes are rarely retained undamaged after a watch gets its first treatment in a repair shop. The damaskeened plates, polished surfaces and screw slots become covered with a mass of nicks and scratches. The responsibility for this may be laid directly to the retail jewelers.
During the last few years this situation has become known to many patrons of jewelry stores and, thinking to get better service by paying the full cost of the repairs direct to the horologists, they have endeavored to trace the shops where the actual work is done. Perhaps this is why many watches purchased in exclusive establishments find their way into irresponsible repair shops.
Well on this 18 size Elgin movement I found some sort of rubbery gunk under there, probably there for the same purpose. I'm not sure what it is.
Glue? Rubber cement?
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