Busy, busy, busy….

I realised today that it’s over month now since my last post! Although I’ve been trying to keep on top of my replies to comments, I haven’t done the same with posting. I shall try to up the posting rate, since I’ve still got a few watches to feature from my collection, as well as the Movement Table to update and I want to publish a guide to Citizen’s case material codes. Unfortunately grand parenthood and other family commitments demand time 🙂  And those pesky Olympic Games came along and distracted me too.

So, a quick post now about how a nice but not particularly rare piece can be enhanced – namely finding something original to go with it. For example an original box, and / or papers is a very good way to improve the collectability of a watch. Having the original bracelet is of course always good news, but a much rarer addition is to find an original (usually leather) strap. These deteriorate relatively quickly so are usually disposed of and replaced over the years. So finding one in good condition is a real bonus – and although I always would want to wear watches rather than store them away in drawer, not wearing a good leather strap might be advised to keep it in top condition. Here’s an example on my Homer Railroad watch:

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Here’s a link for more info on the Railroad watch: https://sweep-hand.org/2012/03/26/this-weeks-featured-watch-28-the-homer-railroad-watch/

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4 Responses to Busy, busy, busy….

  1. Eduardo Farha says:

    For everybody. I’ve realized sometime ago that the rarest replacement part of the wristwatch it is not in the wristwatch itself but its band and/or bracelet! Nice Post!

  2. Manuel Ortiz says:

    Hi, I need information about a citizen, te only information that I have is 4-820959SMH/8260/53-1031. Please, send me a e-mail to m.ortizaedo01@gmail.com if you know something.
    Thanks.

    • sweephand says:

      Hi Manuel – thanks for visiting my blog. I can reply here to your question. Your watch has the 8260 movement which is the hand winding version of the 8200 automatic movement, with date complication. 4-820959 is the case number, whilst 53-1031 is the model number. Like yours, these 8260 models usually don’t have serial numbers so we can’t determine the production date. The movement was first made around 1976/6 and up to the early 1980s. Hope this helps, Stephen

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