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  1. Hi Guys, I have been collecting pocket watches for a number of years, however I would be interested to hear members views on where to see or purchase pocket watches. I am aware of: A) The Coventry Watch Museum, The Clockmakers Museum in the Science Museum, and obviously The Greenwich Observatory Museum. B) Bermondsey Antique Market London, Portobello Market London (including Atlam who I rate very highly), and I used to go to quarterly watch sales at Birkbech University, does this still exist? I know that internet sales can be productive but there is no substitute for being able to properly examine an item before agreeing a purchase. Clearly, I used to be London based before I moved down to the south coast. I would be very interested in members views, Len
  2. If you asked 12 people a question it is likely that you would get 12 different answers because it is dependant upon their interests and their level of collection. When I started collecting, I looked for early (1750 to 1880 fusee) English complete working watches. After the first year or so, I found that the type of movement was all important, so a good working rare movement was more interesting than a standard movement in a good case. And if it was really interesting, I would consider non working. Because my interest is in the movement, I would never look at a gold case, although a quality movement is unlikely to be housed in a base metal case. So my answer comes back to you as a series of questions; what do you want it for? do you want to carry it as a working timepiece or is it as a start of a collection? Why look at an American watch when there are so many good Enlish ones available? The best part of starting down this interest is that there is so much to learn and research and I guarantee that your likes and interests will change over time. Spend time on your first purchase. Mine was a beatiful 1832 pair cased verge that is perhaps still my favourite. Rather than impulse buy over the internet, find a good dealer and go and talk to them, it will not be cheap but it will be a valuable first major step.
  3. What do you think of this old fella? I bought this one back in 2001 from one of the old guys in Portabella Market. The movement is signed Geo Dryden (Loomes Vol 2: London 1826-69), London and is numbered 365. The pair cases are hallmarked London 1826 and initialed HB which is likely to be Horatio Bartlett, 27 Greenhall Rents. There is a very poor bulls eye crystal and one of the teeth are missing from the crown wheel, but otherwise, she runs like a goodern. Len
  4. Hey Martinzx, Your watch looks really interesting. Todate I have only looked at English watches up to the late 1800s, but looking at yours, I think that I should review my criteria. Cheers, Len
  5. Hi Guys, I have built a small pocket watch collection over the last ten years, and only this morning I found this site. Like most people, I started with full watches and then moved onto interesting movements. Most recently, I have started dismantling, cleaning and oiling the movements. I am looking forward to learning from you guys. I have been reading some of the threads on fusee chains and agree that they can tighten up due to their environment. I believe that most mechanical devices benefit from use. What does the forum members think about running their watches, should they be run daily, each week, each month or once a year. Does use improve performance or demand more regular servicing? As all communication should be two way, I thought that I would share my first watch with you. It is a H Kemshead, Manchester pair cased detached lever, hallmarked Chester 1821. The chip on the dial is clear to all, but otherwise it is a really great watch. Cheers Len
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