Time Capsule

 Vintage Personalized Wristwatches & the Stories They Tell

"You never actually own a watch...You merely look after it for the next generation" *
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* Thank you, Patek Philippe....

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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…)

WW1 Trench Watches

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WW2/Cold War Military Watches

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Athletes Watches

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Presentation/Personal Watches

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The Time Capsule Collection of Vintage Watches

Bob Stokes 

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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!

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I'm still building my Time Capsule website -- I have over 40 watches to document. Please let me know what you think about this initial group of vintage personal watches -- particularly if you have more information about any of them....
Thanks!  Bob 

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