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To qualify as a mini collection - ie a collection within your collection - it must be more than 3 watches but less than - and this is the important bit - NO MORE THAN 300.  Capisch? As my dad said to those rowdy German exchange students.

Anyway, here's my technology corner:

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Top to bottom and left to right we have 1914 Rolex, not only because they were collecting chronometer certification from Kew that year, but also this has a scree back and front.  High tech. 

Below that 1918 watch from Demier Fr. sporting an unbreakable crystal - originally celluloid, it was very yellow and gassing off, so erm, I changed it.  Nice watch though.  And Demier Bros. did register the design for a watch to be worn on the wrist via soldered lugs and a leather strap, in 1904 IIRC.

Next on the top row an early Oyster case, another effort from Mr. Wilsdorf, in Snowite metal, for all of those worried about screw-down crowns wearing out, this still works, as does the clutch to prevent over-winding when screwing it up.

Down we go to an early shock protected watch (1918) with a not-famous stem-set Borgel case (semi-hermetic is like 'a bit pregnant', similar here :  https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/another-thread-borgel-arrival-movement-id-needed-early-shock-protection-650205.html

Mine has a broken balance, I think.  So moving on quickly.

Middle top, C. 1930 Harwood bumper auto, Cal. 1 movement, cased by Selza who knows when? - most of their other Automatics with this movement were branded Luxor or Solix, but the word 'Automatic' always advertised in the same font on the dial.  First time that had been seen.

Below that is a Fortis development of the aforementioned first automatic movement, this time with a crown for hand winding and setting - the clam-shell case design was supposed to keep water out, even at the stem.

Up and right, Pierce mono-pusher chronograph, in-house movement with first use of plastic that I know of, and below that a Banner precision art-deco watch with a date wheel, and a tiny date window.  Marlys patented an oversize date wheel to make it legible around 1930, but no idea if this movement pre-dates (Ranfft suggests it does), or post-dates, that patent.

Top right it's my Longines Weems, 1942 - first watch with a moveable bezel.

And lastly, bottom right, basically just a nice two-tone Omega bumper auto, Cal. 30.10, from 1946 when it was Omega's turn to win all the prizes. 

It's just camping in this box until my C.1940 Movado Chronometer gets serviced, which is in a Taubert's (Taubert bought the Borgel case manufacturing company, and retained their maker's stamp) case with a cork stem-seal.

May be an image of wrist watch

Hi Tech!

Let's see your mini-collections!

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12 minutes ago, spinynorman said:

That's a superb collection of interesting watches. I have mini collections, but not of technology. Unless you count quartz. :)

Oh yes, I have a quartz korner too!  Now I need another box to link up between 1946 and about 1980, I guess my Russian watches would do that ...

 

p.s. the Rolex trench has a screw front and back, not a 'scree' front and back - fat fingers.  I got it pretty reasonable because it doesn't say Rolex on the dial I guess, but it was around 1926 before Wilsdorf got Rolex on the dial of all his watches, with the launch of the Rolex Oyster, by all accounts, and such is the power of branding that those watches with replacement or re-painted dials that do have the Rolex name on go for a lot more, notwithstanding the fact that some very old Rolexes (reported by Wilsdorf himself as initially 1 in 6) did have signed dials and are out there.

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23 minutes ago, Jet Jetski said:

I think they do, I have a mini collection of all black dial / big lume watches for 'field' activities

In which case, I have the Blue Corner. Strangely, these are the only three that could qualify as swimming watches.

 

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If you broaden the definition a bit, I have all sorts of mini collections, but they're generally not neatly arranged in a box. Although there is, of course, the Allaine box. :)

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I should probably put them in chronological order, but the oldest is third from left in the bottom row, an early 1950s AS 1361N by 'Achille Barré, Montres Allaine'. Either side of that are two I think are from the late 1950s when the company was called 'Saras Watch' and started using Felsa movements - a 692 to the left and 1560 to the right.

The empty space far right is awaiting the return from service of the 'Hilton Watch' FHF 65 Fontomatic. I now think Allaine bought old stock of complete watches from various companies and rebadged them. The Hilton is one, as is the black dialed one above, which has an ETA 2452, and is badged Norexa on the caseback. The Allena Arogno 151, first left bottom row, is also a buy in, with Cornavin's trademark on the caseback. Above that the Allenby with its pin pallet EB 8021, which Allaine assembled for Mustang, who owned the name.

Beside that another late 50s Allaine with chrome-plated case and handwinding Felsa 465N, followed by the mid-60s chrome-plated, handwinding FHF 73, which doesn't seem to fit, but I don't have an explanation for. Next to that, the Allaine 'doublematic' with Felsa 4007, which I suspect they bought from Brevinex/MuDu.

That's also a substantial part of the Felsa movement collection: 465N ...

Felsa 465n Allaine black shield

692

Felsa 692

1560

Felsa 1560

and a 4002 (in a Modaine Skyhawk) (and there's also 4000, 4004 and 4007 I won't bore you with.)

Modaine Felsa 4002

 

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3 hours ago, spinynorman said:

If you broaden the definition a bit, I have all sorts of mini collections, but they're generally not neatly arranged in a box. Although there is, of course, the Allaine box. :)

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I should probably put them in chronological order, but the oldest is third from left in the bottom row, an early 1950s AS 1361N by 'Achille Barré, Montres Allaine'. Either side of that are two I think are from the late 1950s when the company was called 'Saras Watch' and started using Felsa movements - a 692 to the left and 1560 to the right.

The empty space far right is awaiting the return from service of the 'Hilton Watch' FHF 65 Fontomatic. I now think Allaine bought old stock of complete watches from various companies and rebadged them. The Hilton is one, as is the black dialed one above, which has an ETA 2452, and is badged Norexa on the caseback. The Allena Arogno 151, first left bottom row, is also a buy in, with Cornavin's trademark on the caseback. Above that the Allenby with its pin pallet EB 8021, which Allaine assembled for Mustang, who owned the name.

Beside that another late 50s Allaine with chrome-plated case and handwinding Felsa 465N, followed by the mid-60s chrome-plated, handwinding FHF 73, which doesn't seem to fit, but I don't have an explanation for. Next to that, the Allaine 'doublematic' with Felsa 4007, which I suspect they bought from Brevinex/MuDu.

That's also a substantial part of the Felsa movement collection: 465N ...

Felsa 465n Allaine black shield

692

Felsa 692

1560

Felsa 1560

and a 4002 (in a Modaine Skyhawk) (and there's also 4000, 4004 and 4007 I won't bore you with.)

Modaine Felsa 4002

 

Fantastic.  It's definitely a mini-collection if the box has intentional blanks!

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17 hours ago, Jet Jetski said:

To qualify as a mini collection - ie a collection within your collection - it must be more than 3 watches

My whole collection is a series of mini collections... :whistle:

Here are my top 20, out of a total collection of around 50-ish:

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Starting with a trio of Bulova Precisionists:

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A trio of Casio Edifice (one is in a different box, and not shown):

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Six Fossils (plus one in a different box):

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Three G-Shocks:

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And finally, six TW Steels:

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This thread reminds me that (a) I've got too many watches, and (b) I don't care! :laughing2dw:

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Well I have just realised that although I cannot justify having two Elliot Brown Holton Professional watches, I can justify having six, as that would be a full set, never mind a 'mini collection' - quartz with black, green and NIVO dials, plus automatic black dial versions in black, bronze, and bead-blasted cases!!

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13 minutes ago, Jet Jetski said:

Well I have just realised that although I cannot justify having two Elliot Brown Holton Professional watches, I can justify having six, as that would be a full set, never mind a 'mini collection' - quartz with black, green and NIVO dials, plus automatic black dial versions in black, bronze, and bead-blasted cases!!

I would gladly wear a Holton auto.

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21 minutes ago, SolaVeritate said:

I would gladly wear a Holton auto.

Mine was a bargain from eBay - I sold my EB quartz for more than I paid BNIB - it had a full complement of straps and spare strap bars - and that covered my 'effectively new' auto, but now I wish I had kept the quartz too.

 

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It even hit the markers most of the time!

 

 

 

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I've quite a few mini collections within collections, these are ones that i really like and can be worn dress or casual.

From my Seiko collection have these 3 Presages, SRPB03J1, 05J1 & 07J1.

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and Orient Bambinos, 2nd Gen versions 1, 2, 3 & 4.

 

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And a Mathey-Tissot set of 3 Limited Edition (66 of each colour) from their 'Lord' collection.

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You guys (especially @AVO) knew this was coming . . . .

Not technology, but geography  --  over half of the pieces in my little collection were made within a few metres of each other, close to the railway station in an otherwise insignificant little town.

 

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29 minutes ago, yokel said:

You guys (especially @AVO) knew this was coming . . . .

Not technology, but geography  --  over half of the pieces in my little collection were made within a few metres of each other, close to the railway station in an otherwise insignificant little town.

 

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Nett.

Very, very Nett.

 

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