"Santa Fe Special" brought home! MODEM BURNER!

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

  1. Kiwi

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    Fantastic research and what a result:worship:

    A beautiful watch with such a History:thumbsup:
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    Wow, just saw this, what a great watch and a great familly heirloom to be treasured for many years to come.
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    Great update Jeff.

    That's one special watch.

    Sent from my Droid.
  4. Vincent65

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    Just seen this update on the thread - that's awesome, Jeff, congrats bud. Treasure it!
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    Thanks guys! I really need to start working on a presentation case to hang on the wall.

    And here are a few pictures of my Great Grandfather.

    If you look closely, you can see the thick black string that secures the pocket watch to his overalls.

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    And again, you can see the string and the outline of the pocket watch in his front/middle pocket! :thumbsup:

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    Here are some pics after I polished and cleaned the case. :cheers:

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  6. Nicko

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    Wow, Jeff, is that you in the pics with him?:thinking:
  7. colemanitis

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    No, a cousin of mine. :cheers:
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    Very cool nevertheless man!:rocker:


  9. shandy

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    And not to go OT but I believe the 51 name came from the P51 mustang, both cutting edge at the time, least that is the common fokelore! Before that casin a milk based product or celluloid a Cotten based product was used. Of note to bring it back to topic celluloid could be transparent as well though I am not sure if it would have been up to the heavy task of a pocket watch.

    It is a sbeautiful watch Jeff, I am always so impressed with early American watchmaking, the finishing of the movements like yours were exquisite and when you think this would have been a working watch it must have been of very high quality and prestige as a great many I have seems have been very utilitarian. A nice gold chain and a waistcoat and your away!
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    The generation that with blood sweat and tears built the USA, now they are a legacy to be proud of! We could all take a leaf out of the way they lived their lives.
  11. colemanitis

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    Here's another cool picture of my Great Grandmother when she was young - probably not long after they got married. Check out the train! Santa Fe! :thumbsup:

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    :goodpost: Really one of the best threads, Jeff. It just keeps getting better and better as I read through it. Wonderful before and after shots as well. I love reading - and seeing - all the bits of family history. The info on the history and manufacture of the watch is brilliant as well!

    Cheers :cheers:
    Carl
  13. colemanitis

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    Today I'm mailing off the bezel/crystal to Stan (TKF member Literustyfan) to have a new crystal installed. :thumbsup: Everything else about the pocket watch will be left as-is. The existing crystal is loaded full of scratches and chipped edges, so it'll be nice to have an unobstructed view of the beautiful dial and blue hands! :thumbsup: I'll post pics upon its return. :cheers:
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    I'm also bidding on this model train car on eBay. I expect to win it, but you never know... a sniper may try to grab it. It's the closest model I could find to the picture above w/ my great grandmother. :thumbsup:

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    Wow, awesome photo Jeff, I can really see your grandmother in your daughter Caroline as well.
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    That model train is fab - hope you get it.
  17. colemanitis

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    Yeah you can! And my wife told me she wasn't mine... :lol: :lol: :lol: :justkidding:
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    Something romantic about 'Santa Fe' as well. I love the Van Morrison song:

    Train wheels runnin down an open track
    In my memry time to take me back
    Are you goin are you goin

    To Santa Fe
    Do you need it
    Can you feel it in the same old way
    I can feel it from the mountain top
    Runnin down to the foamy brine
    In a restrant cross a table top
    Looking into a glass of wine
    Whispering in the evening breeze
    Green leaves glistning eucalyptus trees
    Can you hear them
    Or get near them

    Oh, Santa Fe
    Do you need it
    Can you feel it in the same old way
    I can feel it when it all goes down
    Look around and its happening
    Look around and see what I have found
    And its more than a song to sing
    In the night I hear you callin
    And Im thinkin of you, darlin

    Santa Fe
    Do you need it
    Can you feel it in the same old way
    I can feel it when it all goes down
    Look around and its happening
    Look around and see what I have found
    And its more than a song to sing
    And its more, more than a song to sing
  19. colemanitis

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    Thanks for that, Karl. :thumbsup:
  20. Vincent65

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    pleasure!