"Santa Fe Special" brought home! MODEM BURNER!

Discussion in 'Pocket Watches' started by colemanitis, May 7, 2009.

  1. colemanitis

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    Also, I forgot to mention that I checked the time yesterday and it was still running after 24 hours, and hadn't gained or lost a single minute! :worship: :thumbsup:
  2. Thani

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    Is this post new?

    or is it me who hasn't been up to date?

    What a great story Jeff, very nice watch indeed. This watch should always stay with your family! and i really like the idea of framing it with a pic of your grandfather. Maybe you can get something else in the frame too like a pen that belonged to him? if you can find one ofcourse.


    Great post, great story! Thanks for sharing Jeff. Not to mention the great pics as usual too!
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    Way Cool!!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::goodpost:
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    That's a good idea, Thani. I'll ask my dad if he has an old pen. An old pocket knife would be awesome too! :thumbsup: I'll see what I can find. :cheers:
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    What a superb pocket watch.
    A very special piece indeed.
    Congrats Jeff!
  6. colemanitis

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    The pocket watch is now in my posession. I'll keep it and wear it humbly, in honor of my great grandfather. :cheers:

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    Fabolous pocket watch, Jeff! Best part is the story and family history behind it! :yahoo:
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    Congratulations Jeff. Rommel is right about the best thing being the family history behind the watch.


    John
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    I'll take some updated pics of it now that it's been polished up. :cheers:
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    Nice 100% and I am humbled by your words. My grandfather was truly the greatest man I ever knew (besides Jesus).
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    Sounds good, Jeff :thumbsup:
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    That's great, Jeff. I've been a pocket watch fan since I was in second grade-- believe it or not-- but I'd give almost anything to have one that belonged to my grandfather.
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    I must have missed this great thread.

    What a great read. Congrats Jeff on keeping that fantastic watch in the family. What a beauty.
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    I was excited to find this 1930 census on ancestry.com over the weekend.

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    Here's his name, just as it's engraved on the back of the pocket watch.

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    And the most exciting part, it shows that he was a machinist for the railroad. :thumbsup:

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    Awesome find Jeff!
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    Brilliant, great to preserve history.:thumbsup: Great find Jeff.
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    That's a great way to tie it all together! :thumbsup:
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    A grand old soldier. The wear and tear on the crystal and case, probably came by honestly by being used over thousands and thousands miles of track. The reason for a true RR watch being lever set, was to prevent the time accidentally changed. Civilian pocket watches where usually adjusted by pulling up on the crown. If crown left up, and watch slid back into pocket, likely result in wrong time. These watches where the on board computers in the day. Lives literally depended on accuracy. Built to the best technology of the time, subject to meeting a calibration standard of one minute out over 14 days/two minutes a month. Thanks for sharing.
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    Hear Hear! :drinks: Welcome to TKF!
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    Great update, Jeff! I enjoyed reading back through the whole thread as well. Wonderful family heirloom- too cool that your great grandfather was a railroad man since you're a watch lover, and now have his RR watch. :thumbsup:

    I'm so glad you have his watch and it is appreciated. Too many of these have been given/thrown away or sold for lack of interest. :-(