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A tale of two watches.

Posted by Big John on March 22, 2016

A couple of days ago my wristwatch …

Watch 1

 … stopped working. I expect that the battery has gone flat, but it is impossible to remove the back without a special tool, so it means a trip into town to a jeweller to have a new battery fitted.

In the meantime I searched through the bedroom drawers for a working replacement. No luck. Only broken or ‘dead’ ones.

That is until I remembered this family heirloom ‘half hunter’ …

Watch 2

… which according to it’s gold hallmarks was made in 1900. It belonged to my father …

watch and chain (412x667)

… and, that’s him wearing it, at sometime during the 1920’s. I doubt that it was used much after that time. In fact, I can’t ever remember seeing my dad wearing it.

So, a one hundred and sixteen year old watch. Would it still work ?

I nervously gave the winder a few turns, and bugger me, off it went …

… as good as new !


6 Responses to “A tale of two watches.”

  1. rummuser said

    Does not surprise me at all. I have got a wrist watch which is over 60 years old which whenever I wind up starts to work just fine.

  2. That is amazing that you have such a beautiful and old family heirloom. What a wonderful piece of history.

  3. Big John said

    Nice to hear from you Tahni and thanks for the comments. Yes ” a wonderful piece of history” and that chain is a pretty big chunk of gold as well .. 😉

  4. what a beautiful, and elegant difference to those take your pulse tell you to sit up, eat more peas, and when to go to bed things they make now. Somehow it reminds me a bit of Alice in Wonderland. Watch fob and all. Nice.

  5. Still ticking for me is a 23-jewel Bulova purchased for $10 in 1959 from an army sergeant who was raising funds to desert and do violence to his wife and a new boyfriend he learned of via a “Dear John” letter. Don’t know if the sarge, wife, and boyfriend are still ticking, but the watch is keeping perfect time.

  6. Ginnie said

    Doesn’t surprise me at all. My mother inherited hers (that looks so much like the one you pictured) from her father so it was probably made in the late 1800’s and it works to this day !

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