Time in My Palm – Square for Becky B

Time in my hand again, this time the gold watch. Also an Elgin, but not an Elgin-Waltham. I get confused about who owned which company and when. Companies bought each other, consolidated. It is very confusing.

Garry posted the last piece on Facebook in the hope of finding an actual hobbyist who might be able to repair one or both of the watches. This gold one probably needs a new spring, a new crystal, and a good cleanup. It used to run, but finally just died. Old age, I guess.

Gold Elgin. Small and light with engraving on the back.

I had two left pocket watches I kept of the many I used to own.  This one is a solid gold Elgin. It’s much lighter and smaller than the silver one. It no longer runs and it’s very dirty. I’m sure the spring is gone, probably overwound once too often. Even when these watches were much newer, you had to be very careful how you handled them. They were, at their best, fragile.

Engraved gold pocket watch

The only caretakers left are hobbyists. The “pros” change batteries. The people who “take care of watches” know nothing about them. If it doesn’t have a battery, they are lost.

I love the feel of a pocket watch. This one is more delicate and might have been for a woman. It is also engraved.

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5 replies

  1. Elegance of an age gone by…

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  2. What a lovely watch.

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  3. Oh this one is gorgeous. If you were in England I could point you in the direction of a few horologists. Not cheap but they are professionals who know more than battery changes!

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  4. We have two old non-working pocket watches from Jim’s grandpa (ww1 era).

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    • I used to wear a pocketwatch regularly during my working days when I wore a 3 piece suit. It looked so stylish in my vest pocket. Nowadays — quien sabe?

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