Vintage Personalized Wristwatches & the Stories They Tell
"You never actually own a watch...You merely look after it for the next generation" *
New Stories -- April 2021:
Please click this photo to read the story of a decorated WW1 Marine Hero and his 1941 Hamilton Wilshire presentation watch. It was given to Col. Frank Whitehead as Commandant of the Army Industrial College.
The watch was just returned to Col. Whitehead’s cousin, Gale Heslop. Gale – his family’s historian -- had recently completed a 500-page biography of Whitehead, and knew nothing about the Hamilton until I contacted him.
As you will read, Brigadier General Whitehead died in 1950; this watch was given to Russ McCaig, a fellow Marine who served as his medic at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. When Russ died in 2000, he passed it on to Jeff Stephan, his friend and Marine veteran. I purchased the watch from Jeff in January 2021.
* Thank you, Patek Philippe....
Click this photo (or <Presentation / Personal> menu above) for the story of Alaska Gold Rush Pioneer Arthur Lutro and his 1947 Lord Elgin presentation watch.
I just returned the watch to Arthur’s grandsons David & Mark Young.
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!