Do you have an old 80's Casio databank watch collecting dust in a drawer somewhere ? Go dust them off because they are becoming a hot collectable . Some are selling for hundreds of dollars .

 

 

 Video of classic digital watches .

 

 

 

How to spot a fake Rolex

 

 

 

 

 Old time educational video on how a watch works

  

Breaking down a gold watch to demonstrate how much gold is in it.

Some gold watches have much less. this one was pretty profitable due to how much gold was in it

 

 

 

A Brief history of Time keeping and the development of watches

 

The necessity of having some mechanismfor marking the passing of the hours hasbrought into existence an infinite varietyof time-keepers, and this variety has made thecollecting of clocks and watches one of the mostinteresting fields for the collector. Since menmust collect, how fortunate are they when the ob-jects of their search show the change and develop-ment of an artistic handicraft through a courseof centuries. Ion, Judea and elsewhere. These were basins from which water trickled drop by drop into a receiving glass having marks to indicate the hours.

Sun-dials and sand-glasses too, are of ancient origin, but the weight-clock with which we are familiar was unknown before the end of the tenth century; some writers even place its origin three centuries later. While contradictory records ex- ist as to the invention of the first time-keeper in the form of an assemblage of wheels actuated by weights, Gerbert, a studious monk of Magdeburg Cathedral, is generally credited with the contrivance.

 

The first portable time-keepers were made in Nuremburg and were due to the ingenuity and skill of one Peter Henlein or Hele, who lived between 1480 and 1542. His invention, which originated shortly after 1500, employed a long steel ribbon tightly coiled around a central spindle to maintain the motion of the wheels. These portable time-keepers did not come into general use for a long time, but were reserved for wealthy people who showed a fondness for the novelty, which at first took the form of table-clocks. The very earliest watches and table-clocks are, indeed, similar inform, showing a cylindrical metal box, chased and gilt, with a hinged lid, engraved and usually pierced to show the figures on the dial; they were often provided with a bell to sound the progress of the hours. Few of these early productions bear their makers' names. Sometimes an initial is given, and occasionally a work-stamp appears for the purpose of identifying the locality where made.

 

 

 

Most of the German towns adopted a distinctive trade or work-mark which appeared on all their productions. Thus Nuremburg chose the letter N enclosed in a circle, Augsburg used a pineapple, Mayence a wheel, Breslau a W, Beam a bear, etc. The term watch as applied to a time-keeper seems to have been derived from the German wachen to wake but did not originally have the particular significance we now attach to it, for the term watch, clock or orloge was applied indifferently and equally to all time-keepers. The word clock, from the German glocke or the French cloche, signifies a bell and its use may have resulted from the sounding of a bell at regular intervals by hand, the time of sounding being determined by a sun-dial or hour-glass. Though originating in Germany, the making of time-keepers soon extended to France, but to-day examples of early sixteenth century production, either German or French, are exceedingly rare.

 

By 1590 watch-making had become a flourishing art in France and numerous beautifully orna- mented time-keepers, both large and small, were produced. Still, although the exterior cases were richly ornamented, the interior workmanship on the mechanism was exceedingly rough. While these productions were imported into England, there is no record of any English manufacture of 5 watches before the very end of the sixteenth cen- tury, though it is known that Queen Elizabeth possessed a large number of watches, many being of great beauty and value, which were given her by her subjects and courtiers. At that time watches as a rule were not carried in pockets. The larger ones were kept on tables, the smaller ones, when worn, were attached to chains about the neck. Others again were attached to brace- lets as were many belonging to Queen Elizabeth. Only with the Puritans, who were opposed to the display of any ornament whatever, came the fashion of concealing the watch in the pocket and the introduction of the fob, which derived its name from the German word fuppe signifying a small pocket. This fashion has continued ever since, and at the latter part of the eighteenth cen- tury it was customary for the exquisites of the day to wear two watches with suspended fobs.

 

 

 

 

 

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