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This 1879 AWC waltham is running and the dial is mint. There are a couple small cracks in the top of the crystal, and the case is heavy coin silver. The watch is running great and the lever set works perfect. Now the story: This is the third one of these I have seen at auction this year. The first wasn't running and the bidder got it for $125, which I thought was to much. The second one wasn't running either and was missing the second hand with a cracked dial. It brought $95. I really liked this one and it is in better shape than the other 2 were. The guys that bought the other 2 were at this auction also so I kicked the bidding off at $50. No one else bid! I hope a few more come around.
 

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Thanks for posting, it is not so often we see the 1879 model here. And it looks to be in its original case. I love silver cased watches, they pass under the radar of the gold scrappers. Have you found a bow for it? It could need a clean and oil as the regulator is off the scale. Live auction? There were 53100 made of the 1879 11j Wm Ellery. I wonder how many are left.
 

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Sorry trim, wristwatches are my thing and I flip most of my pocketwatches to pay for that habit. I keep the cheaper pocketwatches, and they are starting to grow on me. Pretty soon I won't be able to sell any watches, then I'll need a bigger place as I already have over a thousand in my collection.
 

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Sorry trim, wristwatches are my thing and I flip most of my pocketwatches to pay for that habit. I keep the cheaper pocketwatches, and they are starting to grow on me. Pretty soon I won't be able to sell any watches, then I'll need a bigger place as I already have over a thousand in my collection.
1,000 Sheesh! I thought I had a real Jones at 200!! And I've never flipped a timepiece so I thought I was accumulating rapidly. I guess not :-d

I'm trying to catalog my collection... I almost can't imagine how long that would take you.

(If you are near Columbus, PM me. I'd love to see the set...)
 

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I've done a thorough review of numerous cataloging method for hobbies and you can't beat this:
1. make a folder to contain all your watch info
2. make one subfolder per watch. I use the watch brand, if it's an auto or bumper, if it's gold, and movement (if known) for the folder name .. ie "tradition_as1674_auto"
3. I put all photos of the watch in the folder for that watch
4. I make one ascii file to store all the info about the watch. I use a xml template but any kind of template would do

I can use normal text editors for editing / adding info about a watch

I can easily copy stuff from one watch to another (ie group photos)

I can use normal photo browsing software to look at photos.

I don't require any specialised programs

Expandability is limited only to disk space

Speed is not affected as collection increases

and here's the cool part:
I can use normal folder search programs to search for simple of complex info (ie all Benrus watches with eta auto movements)

Since I use linux machines, I use rsync to maintain a working copy on both my home machine and my work machine so my info is where I normally am
 
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