AbslomRob's Watch Collection

  • Superb Superva

    In my ongoing quest to chart and collect the horological history of the T. Eatons Company, I've needed to expand my search as I encounter new house brands. I came upon some catalogs from the 40's that listed some "Superva" models, and as fate would have it, my next trip to one of my favorite antique stores led me to an old Superva pocketwatch

    One thing that I've discovered about Eatons is that they tended to towards a rather conservative styling that didn't change much over the years, as evidenced by the design similarities of this watch compared to a later Solar watch I have.

    The Superva brand seems to have been rather short lived; catalogs from the late 30's list some Superva wristwatches, but no pocket watches. The earliest catalog scan I can find of a Superva pocket watch is one from 1945, and by the 50's, it seems to have disappeared entirely.

    This particular watch is a 19''' (16size) negative set Unitas (I suspect its a 427 or 429, but can't find much info on them) in a Canadian made Derby case. At this point, Eatons was still selling Waltham, Elgin and Hamilton pocketwatches, and was still purchasing the movements seperate from the cases. This may explain the "Made in Switzerland" text on the movement instead of the more terse "Swiss Made" (I've noticed that Gruens from this era also do this). The negative set keyless works is simple adaptation of their positive set version, using a second spring inside the movement.

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  • Been another while...

    Just haven't been into the watchmaking for the past few months. However, I have been collecting old Eaton's catalogs in order to better understand the "evolution" of the various house brands, so I'm going to revamp the T.Eaton page to showcase those.

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  • Solar Expansion

    Just added a new Solar watch to the Eatons collection, and updated the Eatons page. Getting some interesting details out of these watches relating to Eatons and Gallet. Sadly, that means my collection is starting to want for some nice Gallet watches. That's sad because Gallet's are becoming rather expensive these days.

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  • I hate waiting...

    I've been digging into the relationship between Gallet and Eatons, and to that end I picked up an old uncased Gallet watch that looks to be from the 20's or so. Interestingly, it doesn't have any of the design elements I've come to recognize in my Eaton's Gallets. This movement is a pure swiss movement with a typical swiss positve stem setup, and since its a bit older then my Eatons, that could explain it. And there are enough similarities that I'm willing to say they're at least based on the same ebauche. I'm now waiting on another Gallet. This one is a Jobber made for an American jeweler, so I'm hoping it'll be the "missing link" between the two designs. If it gets here. Grr...

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  • Busier then it appears...

    I've been neglecting the blog again, but not the watches. Mostly I've been going back to ones that I've cleaned up and worked on before to resolve any issue that had presented. The one I'm happiest with (lately) is the Benrus Bumper movement. The movement had been missing its dial screws, and this was causing the dial to foul the sub-second hand. Because of the bumper design, one of the dial screws needs to be a fair bit shorter then the other. I was able to scavenge some screws from a junker movement, and ground down one to fit. Once secure, everything runs perfectly. I also worked a bit on a stainless steel bulova Auto that had been giving me trouble. Something was binding the gear train, but not quite sure what. Tore it down, put it back together (carefuly, testing each wheel as I put it in) and now it seems quite happy too.

    Other watches I've worked on include an older square Bulova and a Doxa pocketwatch with old thick (and probably highly radioactive) lume. The Doxa is nice, but pinion is snapped off the center wheel. It still runs ('cuase the arbor is fine) so this will eventually be a test of my repivoting skills.

    I've got a fair number of watches that need to get posted in the watch pages, so I'm going to work on that over the next week or so.

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