Innovation Through a Crystal by LudwigGoff

Innovation Through a Crystal

LudwigGoff

31 March 2015 at 11:30:51 MDT

Watch serial number: 21329763 (dates 1917)

After years of replacing electroplated, modern pocket watches when I was in high school, I decided to buy the pieces to put together a real one that lasts for life. I say put together, because each item had to be found separately. This is not a knockoff/steampunk-based item, but rather a genuine traditionally worn and serviced antique watch. It is a modest 15 jewel Waltham "Marquis" grade size 16 from 1917, with a MOON A.L.D. case; which I purchased from Doncaster, England in 2006. Back when it was being assembled 98 years ago, the watch movement was made in the US; then shipped to Birmingham, England for its case by the Dennison Watch Case Co. The engraving on the inside of the dust cover reads: "English make, guaranteed to be made of two plates of 10ct gold with plate of composition between and to wear 20 years" The front reads: "Eric Feather 1903 - 1924" whom I presume to be the watch's original owner, and was perhaps given to him as a gift for dates of service.

Since the watch came without a chain, I searched about and found an early 1900's double-strand single albert chain to complete it. I later personally did some de-linking and repairs on the chain to secure its strength. As for the watch fob, I attached the Order of Mayland-Louther (lucidly referred to as the Mustelidae Medallion) to represent my membership in online association of mustelidae enthusiasts.

I'm not a pocket watch collector; this is the only timepiece I own and wear daily with a collection of waistcoats. It keeps time well - it'll only gain about a minute every three weeks to a month so long as I keep a routine. In October of 2008 I had the watch cleaned, polished; its mainspring replaced and oil changed by the Little Watch Shop in Houston, TX. From what I was told, mainsprings are good for 30 years, while oil changes are good for five.

Just to Note: Pocket watches by this point were not an automatic symbol of wealth or class, but rather was the way of the times, so to speak; since wrist watches were once considered feminine. I wear one today simply because I appreciate its design and history; and the coincidental fact that I dislike the feeling of any jewelry attached to my body. Besides, one's waistcoat appears bare without one. This watch may have cost just at a 1,000 USD with service included; but I purchased it with money I saved when I worked as a security officer. It was a bit, but it's a timeless investment that'll get a lot of use and surely be ticking long after my heart is not.

A short video showing the case and mechanism: https://youtu.be/eTJiGNwg8qg (note: this was footage years before its current chain and fob)

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    Impressive and beautiful.