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  1. I see that @nevenbekriev has done some looking for you, and I myself have also looked up the serial number that occurs on your pocket watch movement plate on elginnumbers.com, which also provides a useful summary of information about your watch. That makes a good start to your quest for information. Searching online for information about American pocket watches can be productive, and @spinynormanhas already given you a couple of web addresses concerning the case of your watch. So my advice is, get Googling.
  2. You're right there, Jon, about the "re-selling of each other's products under various brands". It has sometimes made my life as a researcher into watch history a nightmare. Thanks for mentioning the NACAR brand; I'll try and find out more.
  3. Dear Norman@spinynorman, in connection with "Jungfrau" as a brand name, I just wondered if you have looked to see if you can find any useful references to Jungfrau watches other than on Mikrolisk. In particular, there is a cohesive group of watches from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s which have the Jungfrau brand name in script on the dial, and it would be nice to know who was responsible for these watches. I have so far drawn a blank in my searches.
  4. A book just on the subject of Ferranti synchronous clocks, and I was thinking of writing a history of the whole Ferranti organization on seeing your first Ferranti. I'll take a very big rain check on that idea. Good luck with the restoration work on the latest additions to your Ferranti collection.
  5. I promise I will leave this thread alone after making just a couple of observations; I am beginning to regret writing the topic at the head of this thread, which was meant to focus as much on the Donald Blakeslee story as on the Blakeslee Chronograph. With regard to your last post, dear Caller, I do feel that it is unrealistic and somewhat unfair to compare Schofield with Avi-8 in the matter of "full disclosure" of where every watch component comers from. Schofield watches are luxury items costing thousands of pounds, and the market structure is very different to that served by Avi-8, whos
  6. I note that my topic and this thread has brought up some interesting opinions and facts. I will therefore try and deal with some of them. The question of Avi-8's "Britishness" and whether customers are being deceived into thinking that Avi-8 is a British company opens up a murky can of worms that goes far beyond that individual firm and affects many watch brands, including some that many members like and enjoy; note for example the history in relatively recent years of the Dreyfuss Group and the Rotary watch brand. Interestingly, dear @Caller., some time after your 2018 post quoted by you
  7. A watch that is so "generic" in appearance, and plain, there isn't a great deal to talk about, but that may be no disadvantage...
  8. I also admire your handiwork and rather like the clock. What is of special interest to me is the Ferranti name on the clock, representing an amazing company with a British heritage that was in business from 1885 until 1993 when it went bankrupt and was broken up. The Ferranti name is still in use but no longer the title of a major British company.
  9. Dear Caller, please note that I was careful in my topic to state that Avi-8 is a British-based company and not specifically "British". To be honest, I am not particularly fussed that Avi-8 watches come from China and I notice that the Avi-8 website makes no claim to "Britishness" apart from their contact address and, perhaps, the fact that many of their models are/have been commemorative/celebratory of British military aviation history. As a watch collector who is limited in funds, my range of options for new watches would be drastically curtailed if I was churlish enough to reject Chin
  10. New York Times portrait of Donald "Don" Blakeslee (pic from static01.nyt.com): Avi-8 is a British-based watch company that specializes in watches that appeal strongly to aviation enthusiasts, with designs that are peppered with allusions to famous and historical planes. The example we are looking at here is the newly launched Avi-8 P-51 Mustang Blakeslee Chronograph, and this model pays tribute not only to the Mustang itself but also to one of the great fighter aces of World War Two - the American pilot Donald Blakeslee. Given that the watch is inspired by, and n
  11. The first thing I noticed was that your design very much echoes that of the Russian classic, the Raketa Copernic. Having said that, I can't at this moment describe how I feel about your Stargazer collection although I would like to more about the specifications - in particular, the movement and the "triple calendar" functions. I also think that, unlike my usual self, I need some input from other Forum members before I pass my personal judgement on your Stargazer.
  12. CDear @chefphil and @WRENCH I believe that the original reference for the name "Jungfrau" found on the dials of some vintage watches relates to the Jungfrau mountain in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland. Rather than digress into a "geographical" lecture, I will just say that the building of the Jungfrau Railway in the early 20th century created a tourist boom for the Jungfrau area and it is one of the most visited places in Switzerland; there is a useful article on the Jungfrau (including the mountain and the railway) in Wikipedia. When it comes to watches, the brand name "Jungfrau" appe
  13. . And that is my last word on the subject...
  14. Dear @BondandBigM, I placed a "like" on your post here above but just wanted to thank you in particular for adding a few more details about the turret on the Defiant. I did manage to find out quite a lot of interesting details in the various sources I used for my topic, and your contribution has added to those.
  15. I haven't added individual responses to all the above great watches but instead have posted this general commendation to everyone who provides such great pics of their watches for these threads. It is a joy to see them, and there is always something to pique one's interest.
  16. Dear @watro, I have found this example of the SA101 with module 430 online and the illustrations give some idea of the original bracelet (which I have now seen on another of these Casio touch sensor watches). Your own watch is gold plated and I would think that the original bracelet will be a gold plated version of the bracelet shown on the watch here below (pics from i.ebayimg.com):
  17. Ironically in view of this thread, country-of-origin marks seem originally to have primarily been a response to German industrialization and protectionism. Country-of-origin marking laws were first enacted in the 1880s in various European countries (with the UK in the vanguard with the 1887 Merchandise Marks Act) to distinguish imported goods (particularly those from Germany) from domestic goods. In 1890, the US Congress passed protective tariff legislation - the McKinlay Tariff Act - and in addition to imposing heavy tariffs on imports, this legislation required that imported items be labell
  18. Nice introduction, Boydie, and welcome on board.
  19. I absolutely agree with our Norman in his post here above. Those bird boxes a really nice and thanks for showing such a complete set of pics following your construction work.
  20. A stirring image of the Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I in action from the box of an Airfix 1/48 kit (pic from modellingnews.gr): "On 17 August I took a Boulton Paul Defiant from St Athan in Wales to Prestwick, with two stops en-route at Speke and Millom. I remember the Defiant was quite a slow aircraft. It was built to carry two people and had a turret to house a heavy gun and the gunner, and whilst the Defiant looked like a Spitfire it certainly didn't fly as fast. The maximum speed was listed in my Ferry Pilots Notes at 304 mph. I wondered how the gunners who had
  21. Thanks for that nice introduction and welcome to the Forum.
  22. Blimey Graveworm, I like the Gothic darkness of your username. Welcome to the Forum. I'm sure you'll find this a friendly place to "burrow into".
  23. Dear Doolo, may I suggest that you take a look at the topic I wrote and posted on the Forum on 31 March 2014. This topic is titled, "Bentima, Bentima" and it can be accessed by using the Forum search feature. Essentially, there is a problem when it comes to attributing quartz watches branded Bentima, although when I wrote that topic, the Bentima brand name was being used by Acctim.
  24. My thoughts exactly, dear Bonzodog... I do like the watch but fear that my arthritic fingers might not like the crown.
  25. An interesting thread, dear @dombox40, and may I just contribute my "tuppence worth" of info. The "Gladstone" brand is associated with the Wenger Watch Company/Wenger Ltd of Montreal, Canada, founded in 1923 and still going, trading as "Wenger's Ltd". The current brand name for watches produced by Wenger's Ltd is "Cardinal" and the firm itself, now on the fourth generation of the founder, is a family concern. In addition to watches, the firm produces and sells a small range of accessories including magnetic bracelets, money and tie clips. The Canadian Wenger company is no relation of th
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