Vintage Personalized Wristwatches & the Stories They Tell
"You never actually own a watch...You merely look after it for the next generation" *
* Thank you, Patek Philippe....
New Stories –- July 2021:
Please click this photo to read the story of John V. Schmitt (1901 – 1991), a Philadelphia rower whose four-oared shell won the July 4th 1930 Peoples Regatta contest on the Schuylkill River. He and his crew members were each awarded custom-engraved 14k white gold Elgin Legionnaire Model E-301 wristwatches.
John Schmitt and teammate Paul Costello also won a Bronze Medal at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Olympics, finishing third in their Paired Oared Shell without Coxswain competition.
(You can also find his story on the <Athletes> menu above…)
The Time Capsule Collection of Vintage Watches
I have spent my entire life collecting something. It naturally started out with 1950s baseball cards (yup, I had all the Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays cards...) -- and of course my Mom threw them all out when I went to college. Over the next fifty years, that morphed into Victorian Furniture, Victor Talking Machines / Nipper collectibles, 19th Century Advertising; Opera memorabilia – and finally, vintage personalized wristwatches.
I'm still building my Time Capsule website -- I will be continuing to add new stories from my 40+ watch collection....so please keep coming back!