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I collect, research & study the following watches and/or movements: Luther Goddard, Shrewsbury, Mass. Henry Pitkin and other genuine Pitkin watches from E. Hartford, Conn. and New York Jacob Custer, Norristown, Pa. J.H. Mulford, Albany, N.Y. Howard, Davis and Dennison, Boston (8day 22 size) Warren Mfg. Co., Boston Boston Watch Company, including "Samuel Curtis, Roxbury", "Dennison Howard and Davis, Waltham" Joseph Jeunet, Meadville, Pa. Tracy Baker & Co., Waltham (numbers 5001-5020 only) Howard and Rice, Boston L (Lyman) W. Thompson, Cherry Valley, N.Y. early E. Howard...
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Chapter 149 created a Mentors' Program for horological assistance some years ago. This program has been in use worldwide and is used by many collectors. If you have an issue and need assistance, call on a mentor for help. This service is free. Remember, KNOWLEDGE IS KING! The list of current mentors is here: http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/mentor.html
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is available from Chapter 149. This is a quick and easy read. From the Hamilton Watch Company archieves. Contact Jon Hanson
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Happy New Year to everyone from the BOD of Chapter 149, staff, and the President. WE HAVE MANY NEW EXCITING ITEMS COMING OUT THIS YEAR, AS USUAL. Be happy, be safe for the New Year! Jon
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Frank, a chapter 149 member, is seriously ill with stomach cancer and would like to hear from his many friends in horology. Please send Frank some chat and get well wished. Thanks. Jon Hanson
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The onslaught of Gold, Gold filled and Silver watch cases being scrapped is now an epidemic. Unless your watch is rare or scrarce or requires a special case after you sell it the chances are great that it will be melted. Generic watches are worth more in gold than as a collectors' item. Collectors are scrambling to acquire cases in any metal to re-case their favorite or scarce movements. Swiss and common, cheap American watch movemnts are available in huge quantities. Many of these are being used for parts. Therefore, the all original and UNSWITCHED American pocket watches are becoming more and more scarce and hard to find in this disastrous market....
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.......................plenty of action and lots of fun............................ Dr. Martin did a great job of conducting this, our first auction; possibly these will continue weekly for members only. One interesting aspect were the various time zones around the world, as we had bidders from three continents! There was some confusion as to "start time" but plenty of quips from the "back row!" I believe all interested parties have now syncronized their watches. Jon Hanson
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NAWCC Chapter 149 members are currently considering doing an Adams and Perry poster due to the high traffic, dos and don'ts, conjecture and general mayhem on points and authorities of this obscure watch company. At this time several members are attempting to corral the current owner of Adams and Perry, serial number one to grace another critically acclaimed watch poster by the leading collectors' club, e.g. several on Waltham . Examples to be photographed shall be original and true GEMS OF THE FIRST WATER, finest known's, and heretofore unpublished, unique examples. Chapter 149's research products and educational tools are well known and received worldwide....
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BUT, THERE EXISTS FAMOUS NAWCC CHAPTER 149, a cut above all others! Do you love pocket watches? CAN YOU AFFORD COSTLY MISTAKES NOT KNOWING YOUR HOBBY? NAWCC Chapter 149 , the Early American Watch Club, excels in pocket watch horology, study, research, and educational tools. Our ALWAYS FRIENDLY membership consists of the leading American pocket watch collectors and experts worldwide. We provide expertise, Mentor Programs, educational CDs, reprints, historical CDs, posters and FACTS regarding pocket watches and collecting. There is absolutely nothing in American pocket watches that NAWCC Chapter 149 members cannot assist you with in...
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To: Members Boulder Horological Society We have scheduled the next BHS meeting for Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at the Buff Restaurant, 1725 – 28th St, Boulder, at 12 noon for lunch. This restaurant is best reached from US 36/28th St in Boulder. Coming either from the north or the south on US36/28th, turn west (toward the mountains) on Canyon Blvd and in a short half block turn right (north) into the restaurant/motel parking area. If you have a travel problem, call me, Tim Schulz, I will have my cell phone on: 303-619-1059. Please bring any horological problems or restorations or items of interest for discussion and/or for display....
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Jon, "It's sad to see the direction that our avocation is headed. Probably some day when we are gone, many of the fine watches we cherish will end up on ebay being chopped up and sold as parts. The sad thing is that many new collectors think that this is the norm! As much as we hate to admit it, many of the collectors of our generation have contributed to this destruction. It's like the drug problem, without the demand, there would be no abuse. I want to thank you for the kind invatation to join your site. I have been reading it for a long time, and have a great deal of respect for the indivuals that comment on it. You deserve a special commendation...
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"Gold Fever has hit South Eastern Nebraska....local papers advertising "Buying old Gold pocket watches", top dollar paid.....even in our local town's weekly paper (pop 1500) has advertisements about buying old gold pocket watches.........this used to be a big railroad town and there are lots of Hamilton 992B around, as well as Walthams...many in gold cases............ Another appointment with the Heart Doctor today, spent yesterday at the hospital for tests........but seem to be recovering from the operation..." Take Care Wayne C. Chapter 149 Member Why not send Wayne a note to cheer him...
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Happy New Year

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We at Chapter 149 wish all of our friends and members worldwide a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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Security Tips

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Author: Jon Hanson Topic: Security Tips, Theft Prevention __________________________________ Convention security and travel tips Dear collectors: Here are a few security tips: 1. For high profile dealers, always travel with friends or associates. (Remember, the bad guys scout the shows to see who has the "big spreads" on the mart tables.) 2. For airline travel: beware of airport security (x-ray machines). Many thefts have occurred at this station. Always put your carry on valuables through the machine first, then proceed through the metal detector. (Your watches, etc. will usually be stopped and viewed by the security agent by the time you...
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I just read that So. Calif Chapter #4, one one of two great nawcc chapters and stalwart out West in the old days, has become defunct. Old timers told stories were that Chapter 4 was actually the second association chapter but placed later due to its distance from Pa. It seems that many horologists in So Calif were meeting prior to 1943 and the advent of the national. Chapter #4 was virbrant with activity--as many as a hundred always awaiting the doors to open for the mart at those Paramount gatherings. Some of these meetings swelled to 400 attendees. Being originally from So Calif., as a youngster I regularly attended these Sat night meetings...
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Philanthropy at its finest! This clock by Gawen Brown, arguably the most famous tower clock in American, has been restored at a cost of $100,000., monies donated by a friend of Chapter 149 and a personal friend of Jon Hanson. from the Dec 22 Boston Globe: Olde time: Iconic colonial clock is ticking again Horologist David Hochstrasser adjusting the hands on the clock at the Old South Meeting House. By Jack Nicas, Globe Correspondent After two timeless years, the Old South Meeting House clock began ticking again today. New gold-leafed, 4-foot hands were affixed to the 243-year-old clock, ending an extensive 11-month...
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A new American watch case forum has been created by President Hanson for the specific purposes of study, research and listing of American pocket watch cases. NAWCC Chapter 149 members have for several years now desired such a study due to desires and wishes of many of the chapter's advanced horologists.   Pocket watch cases are an important and integral part of a watch and very little remaining records exist. In addition, the issue of switching the likes of early E. Howard  and Waltham watches has greatly harmed honest studies and dating of cases by collectors. Many unrecorded case makers have confused collectors, new and old, not only as to content...
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for his generous donation of unusual and scarce horological literature to Chapter 149. These items are being sold for the benefit of the chapter to continue onward for its many chapter perks and horological research projects for members and non members worldwide. Chapter 149 is the number one pocket watch horological research chapter worldwide--our educational tools are known/used on every continent. Members like Maurice continue the chapter thrust and goals. Jon Hanson, founder and President
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ENAMEL & SOLID 14K GOLD BPOE ELK'S WATCH FOB Collector writes to Chapter 149: "Unfortunately, we had to remove your listing because the following information violates our policy: We have removed your listing because you have listed an item with an animal product and did not indicate which species the product is from. We do not allow any item on the site that is made from an endangered or protected species. Due to this, any item that contains an animal product from an animal family that has species in that family that are endangered or protected, it is required for sellers to state the specific species that the product is from. You may...
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