George Harrison’s Watch?

Is this Beatle guitarist George Harrison’s watch? To make that assessment, know that John Lennon thought 15-year-old George Harrison was too young to join the Quarrymen. “After a month of Harrison’s persistence, during a second meeting, he performed the lead guitar part of the instrumental song Raunchy on the upper deck of a Liverpool bus,” wikipedia.org reveals, “and they enlisted him as their lead guitarist.” The year: 1958. Or was it? . . .

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Armitron Retro Series Griffy Review

  They’re baaaaack. The Armitron Retro Series Griffy follows hot on the heels of the Hamilton PSR, a recreation of the world’s first electronic digital watch. Never mind that the $13k (in today’s money) Pulsar’s rise and fall killed Hamilton America. Vinyl’s back, digital watches are really cheap and OFWG’s are suckers for retro. So, is digital watch nostalgia still what it used to be? Sherman, set the wayback machine to 1972 . . .

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Gandhi’s Pocket Watch – Who Cares?

“A ‘worn and broken’ pocket watch once owned by Mahatma Gandhi sold at auction for £12,000 ($16k),” bbc.co.uk reports. “The silver plated Swiss watch was given to the owner’s grandfather by Gandhi in 1944 as a thank-you for his devotion.” The sale of Gandhi’s pocket watch raises some important questions, like . . .

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak – Stick a Fork In it?

“With its steel case, octagonal bezel, ‘tapisserie’ dial and integrated bracelet, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak overturned the prevailing codes in 1972 and took its rightful place as a true modern icon.” That’s AP’s online intro to their Royal Oak collection. No question: Gerald Genta’s design upset the apple cart, saving Audemars Piguet’s horological bacon during the quartz crisis. But as S. E. Hinton would say, that was then, this is now . . .

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The Presidential Presentation Pocket Watch

Back in the day, millions of Americans had their pocket watches engraved with their initials. Almost invariably, the connection between the watch’s owner and their timepiece disappeared into the mists of time. Less so for gold retirement watches (from the days before the “portfolio career“). And then there are engraved pocket watches rich with our shared history, like this 1926 Waltham Presidential Presentation Pocket Watch . . .

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