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My name is Federico I am located in Santa Cruz California. I have been collecting pocket watches for a while now as well as using them daily. I find them truly marvelous. For the last 2 months I have been learning to repair/revive these old movements mainly to keep my own pocket watches working. I hope to learn plenty from the community and those willing to teach.

Currently I am working on restoring my Hamilton 912 which was one of my first pocket watches.  

Thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking and getting to know many of you.

Kind regards,


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Hello Federico, pocket watches are well worth collecting there are so many about, you might like to post some photos of your collection so we can all see. Getting to know the names of all the parts will help you as they are the same in manual watches. There's lots of info on here that I'm sure will help you. 

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welcome to the forum.  do you have a key wind pocket watch?   like to work on them?  the bay area is grate,  espesally Cannery Row.  vinn

Yep just 1. A Waltham p.s Bartlett 1857.

Thanks everyone!

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Hello Federico and welcome from me,

I spent some time in Santa Cruz when in California visiting my son.  Took Highway One from San Francisco to get back towards LA and stopped off on the way. Lovely place.

I am sure you will be at home in the forum, a wealth of knowledge here and freely given if you get into bother with a project.




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On 2/23/2017 at 5:56 PM, Federico said:

 Attached is the watch I am using today. Jean Marcel ETA 6498. 

With a large delay, welcome here.
Lovely piece. Seems like -as your name suggests- that you have European roots or preferences even if living in the land of the Elgins, Waltham's, and (as I've recently learned) Illinois. I took the liberty of re-posting your great picture with a more conventional orientation.
I used to hang out in S.C during the weekends. Best memories are about a bikers wooden patio bar, and a slow safe riding lecture from a enraged cop on the hills.



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