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The oh so familiar wait we all have when we have a watch on the way. I am working but, like most, you drift back to "Is the watch at the house yet?". I track every package that goes but you get that feel at times of "Why is it still at XYZ USPS distribution center?' come on guys its just one package, get it moving! You watch then it gets to the local post office. Sometimes the tracking is completely bad and it goes from a center 100 miles away to delivery and then all the other scans appear.

But we all have that thrill of a new purchase but then the wait is so killer. For me today there is the added fact that I know they are here waiting. My wife is working from home today and sent me a message asking if the 2 packages were mine or Christmas presents. Well I know they are sitting there now and I have 8 hours to go....AAAAAHHHHH!

But that is part of the fun of collecting. The ups and downs in all aspects. You bought based on words and pictures but the actual reality could be different. You can study every picture and unless they are like my usual where every flaw can be seen, you are not getting all of the image.

The 2 waiting for me are a very slim Juvenia with a 604 movement and a Sears Alarm that I know what is in it despite never seeing a movement pic. I know....risk. But at least the seller said that the crown was loose on the alarm part otherwise it works great. We will see if that is true though. That "Loose crown" could be a bad stem. Maybe the mainspring for the alarm is broken so the constant spin is something else. I never pay a fortune for a watch so as to limit my exposure to the loss. But then I don't give up too easy....if it can be fixed it will be fixed.

For those of us that love to have pics of watches....I will post them once I have them in hand. I could use the seller pics but I like the raw pics with no intent on hiding any flaws. Shoot....I need a watch band for the Sears as the band on it is junk....oh wait the Juvenia has a junk band too.... such is the random thoughts of the watch collector\obsessed. Need lug widths and leather or metal.......hmmmmmm
 

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This is why I get stuffed delivered to the office :D

Actually, I'm waiting on a DHL international delivery myself. They tried to deliver it to my office yesterday... at 9.50 p.m. *sigh* -- so the whole "send it to the office where it's safe and someone will definitely sign for it" plan backfired majestically.

Don't worry -- the next 8 hours will just fly by!
 

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They will fly by if I can figure out the lug width then do some band shopping.

Got to remember some do Saturday delivery as well...not that going up to the office would be unusual for me as I do that sometimes if I need to ship out one of the ones I have up at work.

What do you have on the way?
 

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I too am awaiting a delivery, from the USA this time, it’s been sent but I still have quite a wait ahead but when you’re after a vintage American Army issued watch, most of them, are, funnily enough, in the USA.

I know it’s supposed to be working and has a cracked crystal but it’s one I’ve been after for a while and a crystal should be not too hard to replace (famous last words)

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And then to make the anticipation even worse, I'm picking up two other watches from my watchmaker on Friday. I purchased these a couple of months ago, but this was his first opportunity to service them. So this will be my fist chance to wear them.
 

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One watchmaker I have (Father-in-law) has one of my watches....I think going on 3 years now. The anticipation died long ago. He is family and I know he is always 25 or so deep in repairs for clocks from paying owners so I have no worry. I do make sure his Dr visits are going well. Mainly because he is a good guy but also I don't want to try and sort out his clock room where he does his work if he has another heart attack. The watch needs a part to be made as parts for the particular watch is near impossible to find.

It is an Appleton Watch Co (1901-1903) 18s pocket watch. Not the Appleton & Tracy Waltham variety but the Appleton Wisconsin variety. I let him barrow the Cheshire Watch 18s I had to see if he could use that for the part pattern as the Cheshire as the movements were the same because that is where the Appleton Watch Co got all of the equipment. Oh wait....he has had that one for a year now too. As I said....no anticipation here lol
 

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So busmatt, was that the Elgin? I too have been looking for one at a fairly reasonable price(yeah, I know, HA-HA-HA-HA).
Nope, not an Elgin

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In my neck of the woods (Mayberry) our anticipated thrills are sometimes dashed by the HORROR of discovering our watch was magically delivered to wrong bloody address.The only crap I get by accident are my neighbors bills...Just the other day I had to steal my new fine antique German clock from my neighbors freaking porch. He wasn't home so no guns came a blazing.THANKS FEDEX!Cheers, Ed
 

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So when I arrived home yesterday I went right to the packages. The Sears Alarm has a Ronda 1223 one jewel pin lever movement. I found out that the seller was right about the crown but there was a issue with the crown because the alarm setting wheel binds up. In messing with it I broke another part....looking for a part now but just for the alarm.



The other watch ended up being way better than I expected. There was a worry of over polish but in reality the back is just that bright still. The lugs are so sharp you could get hurt.





The watch has a Juvenia 604 (AV 423) movement. The entire watch is 6.8mm thick including the crystal. That said, the Credos Lugeran is 6.3mm.










I originally thought the band was going to be junk so I never researched it. The vintage band is alligator and the name is Andrew Faykun who was a jeweler in Beverly Hills CA.

In the end it is kind of a beauty and the beast when you look at them at the same time.



Still not sure of the age on the Sears strap.

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The Atlatic is sitting at the post office. While I don't mind insured packages...to require a signature where I live....what...the cows going to steal it???

Anyway...as I wait I rolled the dice....lets see if I got a winner or a cow pie on this one....

Said it is a Helbros Waterproof Shock Resist men's watch from the 70's....just needs an battery apparently and was owned by his grandfather. Made in France with a stainless case.

Bottom feeding at its best...ROLL THE DICE!!!





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If it ends up being a small ladies watch....there is the option of a return. I am just betting on a bad pic of a 30mm to 31mm watch. Either way...he can't say "The pictures show..." He also listed everything as man's so...
 
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