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  1. Hello, I am a new member to the forum, I mainly collect watches but I was given this pocket watch recently when a family menber passed away. Does anybody know anything about the pocket watch, I cant find anything like it on the net. It is missing its winding pin and the loop for securing a chain. It does have the following markings : WEBSTER on the face FSAR on the internals it is stamped 925 silver Any info would be much appreciated.
  2. Speake-Marin vs Cecil Purnell The Tourbillon watch is considered one of the most refined and complex in horology. Invented in 1776 by Breguet, the Tourbillon is rare in that it represented a technological advance that was also ascetically pleasing. Most modern Tourbillon watches have a partially transparent skeleton, allowing the viewer to see the complex inner workings. These comprise hundreds of components and dozens of precious stones. Like their predecessors, most modern Tourbillons are wound by hand, making them incredibly attractive to collectors who want to connect with the rich history of watchmaking. As with all luxury items, there are good Tourbillons, and there are great Tourbillons. What is the difference? Often this question doesn’t have a simple answer, but in the world of Tourbillon it does: dedication, creativity and independence. It is best to elaborate on this by looking at two examples of high-end Tourbillons; Speake-Marin and Cecil Purnell. Both are highly-respected and create beautiful Tourbillons, but only one crafts them in a way that takes the movement to new and exciting heights. Peter Speake-Marin is a British watchmaker who started his own atelier in 2000 and made his first Tourbillon in 2006. Cecil Purnell is a Genevan watchmaker founded by Jonathan Purnell and Stephane Valsamides. Their company exclusively creates Tourbillon watches to Haute Horlogerie standards, using 100% Swiss components. Both launched new tourbillons at Baselworld 2012, and these new offerings are what really set them apart. Cecil Purnell launched not just a new calibre, but a spectacular, fully-realised collection. Cecil Purnell’s new executions include the Pit Lane, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiX1FV7vtMA, Rendez-Vous and all based on the V12 and V13 calibres. The pinnacle is the Mirage. Designed for collectors, just one Mirage will be produced in 2012. It is a stunning timepiece with 350 components, and 51 jewels set in a unique crystal case boasting over 3000 man hours. Peter Speake-Martin used Basel 2012 to present his http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFRIe9ruP2M. While it is an impressive watch, the Renaissance doesn’t quite hit the same balance between technical excellence and aesthetics ubiquitous in the new Cecil Purnell collection. At the bottom line, while it maintains the integrity collectors have grown to respect in Speake-Marin, the Renaissance is less adventurous than the V13. Added to this, Cecil Purnell boasts a much more extensive collection that will appeal to a broader audience of collectors. It’s undeniable that both Cecil Purnell and Peter Speake-Marin make very good Tourbillons, but I can’t help feeling that Cecil Purnell's pieces represent a higher level of creative execution and manage to stand out a bit taller. Ultimately, Cecil Purnell have shown that there are ways to can take the Tourbillon out of its traditional context and make it attractive to modern collectors, all the while maintaining a high degree of respect for this treasured movement.
  3. Long time no post, Hi, everyone. I've been lurking on and off for practically 2 years now. Kids mainly, but also because I've been occupying my spare time in my cellar. I found an old TV wall bracket and an unused macbook so hopefully soon I will remain connected even when cellar-dwelling but until then I am doomed to be off-line when in 'the workshop'. Cutting to the chase, the reason I've been so occupied is that I have been busy developing a design and fabricating the prototype for my own watch-case. things have been slow, getting materials, tools, finalising ideas and making custom tools to realise the ideas. Anyway, things are finally coming to fruition and I thought it was time to let you see what I've been up to. I've been a long time fan of monocoque watchcases, a la PloProf, SM1000m etc and wanted to produce my own. Realistically a lathe was the only tool I could initially purchase so the design had to be produced solely by turning. I later got a great deal on a mill, which did not change the design but did make things a lot easier. As well as the aforementioned Omegas, as many know I am a great fan of Accutrons, so as well as the monocoque idea I also took the Apollo as inspiration. Both being products of the '70s and despite the many downsides I am still convinced that the 70s was one of the golden ages of innovation and design. armed with those ideas, this is what I came up with. and with a little help from a pal in 3d . All this happened back in 2007 but the arrival of a second child derailed things a bit. The design remained just that for a couple of years and then I started to gather the materials necessary. Things have been slow but now I am practically finished. more to follow. Andy
  4. Hi, i'm posting for the first time and would like to share my watch with you and try and get some history for it. I am not really interested in it's value because it is a family piece. The watch is a Services watch and has Indian Army written just below it. The dial is paper and it has a small second dial with a sweeping second hand on it. It also has a little "button" on the side below the winder that helps set the time. It has come to me via my Father in Law who has 4 grand / greatgrand fathers who served in the Wars accross Europe, Africa and Asia. I have had it cleaned and had a new "in keeping" strap made for it and am very pleased with the results. I have a picture on Flickr of it but can't seem to upload it.
  5. Hi there everyone, I have been collecting pocket watches and wrist watches now for a while. And just recently been tinkering with them, just simple things like main springs, winding stem and button crowns. I am put of buying a lot of the watches I come across because of the state of the watchcase. Does anyone have any tips to restore wristwatch cases?
  6. Hi everyone, I'm new here so please excuse me if i'm posting this in the wrong place or in the wrong manner. Anyway I was at an auction the other day and I bought a lot of mixed watches and amongst them was this Ingersoll Triumph 5 Jewels vintage watch. I spent hours 'googling' it and trying to do some research but couldn't find anything all the similar. The nearest I could find was the Smith equivalent and a 7 jewel Ingersoll wristwatch. If anyone has any idea what year it might be from or owns a similar watch or in fact any information at all that would be much appreciated! Could it be one of the first wristwatches produced by Ingersoll?
  7. I’m the web editor at Plaza Watch, a watch magazine distributed in over 45 countries. We are launching a new website later this autumn and I’m now looking for bloggers to team up with. I’m a regular visitor to Wrist Fashion and think we could do something really good together. Since you already have really good content perhaps we could share this somehow? And you would of course get a link to your website and a mention somehow. Would you be interested in this? If so then I will give you more info about the site and make sure you get the magazine on a regular basis.
  8. Hi, OK I'm new to the forum, so hello to all. I doubt not too many of you are into ladies wrist watches, to be honest neither am I. However my mother has been having a clear out and has found this watch that she would like more info on. I have taken a couple of photo's, though not of the best quality, I'm afraid. https://plus.google.com/photos/107338305882305419033/albums/5710871755882520721 Looking at the case when it is opened (hinged at either top or bottom, cannot remember), the case says Stolkace, GAS, British made and also has 9k gold markings. The metal/gold strap is of the expanding type, gold on the exterior and silver coloured on the inside. The movement is made by the Swiss manufacturer Helvetia, 17 jewels and has what looks to be 106-m printed/stamped around its perimeter, which I assume is the movement number?!? Can anyone guess a date for it? Or would you have to go by the gold markings on the case to work out a roundabout date of its manufacture? I've done a little 'googling' and have found that Stolkace was a Birmingham based company that made watch cases for other British watch brands. However I've not been able to find another ladies Stolkace cased watch with a Helvetia movement. Would the watch have been up put together by Helvetia and they had Stolkace make the case for it, or would it have been the other way around? Stolkace branching out to selling their own watches with other companies movements on board? On the movement front, I know that Helvetia are no more and that they made many men’s military watches. Would making movements small enough for women’s wristwatches have been a side line? As again I've not been able to find other's around on the web. The movement is currently not working. I'm not surprised as it's been sitting around, for only god knows how long. But my question would be would it be worth having someone take a look at it? Or would a good service cost more that the watch would be worth? The face has some wear in it, along with the bracelet and the glass in the case. Any thoughts/comments would be appreciated. Many thanks.
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