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    How was it all done - pre Internet?

    Watch magazines? Catalogues? Clubs? Window shopping?

    Bond movies?

    Pony express deliveries?

    Anyone here a WIS prior to the Internet?


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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Montaigne View Post
    Footmen
    ^^^ This!

    Now, seriously: mostly window shopping. And the brands - usually the local distributors - were more willing to offer a catalogue or two, if you asked them nicely (the prices were handwritten...old times).
    Last edited by CFR; Dec 2, 2014 at 06:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR View Post
    ^^^ This!

    Now, seriously: mostly window shopping. And the brands - usually the local distributors - were more willing to offer a catalogue or two, if you asked them nicely (the prices were handwritten...old times).
    I don't suppose there was much point in photographing your watches either. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepperami View Post
    I don't suppose there was much point in photographing your watches either. .

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    Noooo...not really! I'm sure a psychiatric intervention would be immediately required...

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    I sure was. I remember when I got this watch in 1976.



    It's a keywind so I knew it was pretty old. I spent a lot of time in libraries looking up watch books to find a list of Hampden serial numbers and finally found out that this Hampden was made in 1883. Hampden isn't the most famous American maker either.
    This particular Hampden was made as a private label piece for James R Connell - a jeweler in Portsmouth NH. I knew nothing of him before the Internet but now:
    http://files.usgwarchives.net/nh/roc.../connelljr.txt


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    My parents would take me to Walgreen's Drug Store on Sat mornings for a malt, then I would get to look at a watch magazine in the display rack.
    "Either He's Dead, Or My Watch Has Stopped....."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    My parents would take me to Walgreen's Drug Store on Sat mornings for a malt, then I would get to look at a watch magazine in the display rack.
    So this was back when Walgreen's sold malts instead of smokes, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by man of kent View Post
    Argos catalogue
    For example: http://issuu.com/retromash/docs/argo...8-autumnwinter (warning: very slow site)

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