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Antique Watches by Richard Paige

Antique Watches by Richard Paige

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Hawaii craftsman Richard Paige is a 4th generation watch maker from Waltham, Massachusetts, where the first American watch company was founded. Richard restores antique and vintage pocket watch movements made in America between 1901-1928, primarily by Elgin, Waltham, Illinois, and Hamilton. Pocket watches such as these were originally used by Americans in all walks of life, including military and fighter pilots.  Wrist watches were not invented until after WWI.

Richard designed and created his own wrist watch casings for these antique movements. That’s how these pocket watches were converted to wrist watches.  Richard coined the term Wrocket Watches, because these are Wrist watches made from Pocket watch movements.

All of these antique watch movements pre-dated quartz battery watches or self-winding automatic watches by at least 30 years when these newer technologies were invented in the 1950’s.  These mechanical watch movements need to be wound up every day.  When completely wound, the watch will run for ~36 hours.

To wind the watch, simply turn the crown clockwise until you cannot turn it any longer.  Keep turning until you cannot turn the crown any longer. Then, the watch is fully wound. To adjust the time, you gently pull out the crown and move the hands forward or backwards. These mechanical watch movements use genuine sapphires and rubies to reduce the friction and resistance in the movement joints. The antique jeweled movements are accurate within 30 seconds each day.

While these watches are water resistant, we tell customers that they should not be submerged under water. So, take it off before shower, steam bath, or while swimming.  Excessive dirt can get into the mechanism through the crown and affect the movement.  So take it off before plowing your farm. Excessive agitation can affect the movement.  Remove this watch before using your jack hammer or pounding spikes while rock climbing.