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New old skeleton watchworks, seen through its crystal back

Replica of 1779 antique, such a simple manual wind up watch that it doesn't even have a second hand and of course no day or date. Yet I hope it will keep good enough time as long as I remember to wind it. No batteries included or needed.


An order from Stauer in Minnesota just received today. Haven't worn a wrist watch in years, so this will be sort of a new experience. Its two crystals -- front and back -- will never be more free of scratches than they are now.


Somehow this is only my first skeleton watch even though I've liked this open design for over 50 years. I used to have a nifty old 17 jewel watchworks (which might still be somewhere in one of my boxes of stuff) that I took apart and reassembled, given to me by an amateur watch repairman (a cousin of my mother). I'm impressed with the accuracy of electronic clocks and have nothing against digital displays, which our house is full of, though maybe I've come to associate them with frantic multitasking and overscheduling. In the realm of nifty digital time pieces I might like a design that displayed both Zulu and local solar times, the worldwide standard compared to where I'm standing. However, beautiful precision gears and the reflections they raise about watching time now interest me more than keeping close track of any exact numbers marking this moment. My growing preference for slower, longer moments has been much easier for me to indulge in since I've retired. This manual wind up watch should be more than accurate enough for when I need it to check the times that others are running with.


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Taken on November 21, 2007