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|07-02-2013, 02:00 PM||#1 (permalink)|
how to build a watch
I just inherited my grandfathers pocket watches and decided to do a little research on them. They are Elgins One was made in 1911 the other in 1938.
The 1938 model which I remember him carrying still runs. The 1911 model doesn't. It probably needs cleaning.Being almost 40 years old before I was born the watch probably needed repair long before I arrived.
Anyway doing some research I found a story of the Elgin watch manufacturing and although it is a long read the story was mesmerizing especially if you have a machinist background but a general interest in "how it's made" is all that is required. It is filled with humor and sayings of the day (1867). I am not sure I would have the knowledge to build a watch.These people were truly master craftsmen and craftswomen
The Elgin Pocket Watch
Do not yearn too much for a sword made by a famous smith. This is because even if you give a good man a sword worth ten thousand coppers, he will not be able to beat a hundred men each holding a spear worth a hundred coppers. - Asakura Takakage Toshikage, 1462-1482
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you go.
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|07-02-2013, 04:17 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Perfection will suffice
Join Date: Oct 2008
That's great stuff.
Mechanical time pieces and sewing machines, especially the older ones, are among the most wonderful human contrivances.
A pity we have largely forgotten the importance of quality these days. The world would be far better if all things made in it were made to be worthy of it.
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|07-02-2013, 05:32 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Son of War
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: SoCal, USA
I for one love watches, those intricate, expensive, or rare ones. While I own very few simple watches, I hardly wear them. I like to marvel at the craftsmanship more than anything.
|07-02-2013, 05:43 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Facta Non Verba
Pocket watches are cool. I found it extremely interesting to learn that early American watches are actually considered to be the more desirable ones because they were more accurate.