• 14
    Apr

Secret Message Found Etched in Lincoln’s Watch

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, we are reposting this article about a hidden message discovered scrawled inside the president’s pocket watch. An article posted by the Associated Press in March of 2009 immediately captured the imagination of our watch expert David Mycko, who wrote about the watch—a […]

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  • 10
    Jul

Sotheby’s to sell the ‘Henry Graves Supercomplication’ – the ‘Holy Grail’ of Watches

GENEVA – A masterpiece of horology, the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch—made by Patek Philippe in 1933—is the most famous watch in the world and it is coming back to the market 15 years after setting a world-record auction price for a watch. Known as the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hands, the […]

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  • 8
    Jun

‘One of a Kind’ Watches from J.W. Packard Collection Highlights Timepieces Sale

Christie’s upcoming Sale of Important Watches, featuring exceedingly rare watches from the collection of automobile pioneer James Ward Packard—including two very fine and unusual watches, custom-designed by Packer himself and executed by the world’s foremost watch manufacturers, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. The auction, slated for June 15 at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza location, will include […]

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  • 21
    Mar

Gold, Silver Prices Endanger Future of Antique Watch Collections

The gold and silver markets have been doing a steady rise for the last year or more, bringing on the demise of literally thousands of gold and silver collectibles and antiques of all nature. But watches have been hit particularly hard. I just returned from a National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors‘ Regional Show […]

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  • 14
    Dec

Fabulous Antique Chinese Market Watches

The Chinese have their own taste in things, from dress to food and just about everything in between. This includes watches and jewelry, and since I don’t know too much about jewelry, I better write about watches. Fortunately, I know a little about Chinese watches. Nowadays, the Chinese make everything, including watches. But there aren’t […]

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  • 21
    Sep

Collecting Sports Presentation and Commemorative Watches

Sports collectibles is a hugely popular item for collectors of today and yesterday, and there is no sign that their popularity is waning. Competitive sports probably date back to the day when a caveman tried to outdo the hunting abilities of his neighbor. He may have kept a few souvenirs from those hunts, like a […]

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  • 14
    Sep

1953 Timex Ben Hogan Folding Watch

Ben Hogan is a very big name in golf, preceding such iconic players as Arnold Palmer and Jack Nickolas, and just as famous. Ben Hogan lent his name to all sorts of golf equipment, clothing, and accessories, but most especially golf clubs. One interesting item with the Hogan moniker is this watch, which was worn […]

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  • 24
    Aug

The Collector’s Minute: Grandpa’s Gold Watch

One item an appraiser runs into most often is that icon “Grandpa’s gold watch,” and depending how well-heeled Grandpa was, the more his watch is worth today. Values for American pocket watches vary a great deal, depending on the vintage, the quality of the movement and—most importantly, these days—the metal content of the watch case. […]

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  • 3
    May

A Rack Lever Fusee Civil War Watch with a Story

This is a medium quality English fusee pair case “contract watch” carried by a Union soldier during the Civil War. As I have written earlier, there is a difference between a “Civil War watch” and a “Civil War Relic.” This watch is certainly the former, as it existed before 1861, the evidence that it is […]

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  • 26
    Jul

Watch & Clock Collectors Descend on Grand Rapids for the ‘National’

This year the National Watch & Clock Collectors Association (NAWCC) had its annual event/show at the prestigious Devos Convention Center, adjacent to the Grand Amway Hotel in downtown in Grand Rapids, Mich. The “National” is the premiere event of the NAWCC and this year’s show—held in early June—was a real classy event, held at the […]

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