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Hi Guys:

Well, if we're doing this I guess I can get onboard too, although I'm going to feel like a dinosaur or maybe an elder statesman!

I was born in the late 40's and graduated HS in 1965 in the industrial North of England. First year of primary school we started with chalk and slate, no kidding! Second year, pencils and third year an inkwell, pen and ink, ballpoint pens weren't generally available. I am one of the first wave of the Boomers, but I was in the summer of love as a teenager when sex was invented! I don't think shoes had been invented yet!

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Hi school grad 1985. Had some made in India J&M captoes that just got pulled out for special events. A couple years ago I made a conscious decision to improve my attitude and dress and found my way here.

here’s my recent pick up from a trip to Montana
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So here they are (and, IMHO, at 27 years and counting, now into vintage territory), 1994 Olympiads. Basically a Broadstreet, but using upgraded materials, most notably, white nubuck instead of white dyed calf. These were a limited edition run, designed for the 1992 US Olympic Team’s ceremonial uniforms. As a lover or all things spectator, this is a real unicorn find (especially in my size).







I had to give the non-nubuck parts, and the interiors, a solid dose of AE Leather Lotion, given that these have spent their entire life in a box (essentially as packaged from the factory).

That said, these are the most NOS of NOS I’ve ever encountered. Never even tried on, they smelled exactly like a brand new pair, still wrapped in their factory plastic bags, fresh from Port Washington. Which is just plain neat, because these are from a different era. And they’re just so pretty to look at.

Will I ever wear them? I dunno, maybe for a very special occasion (I might request that I’m buried in them). Right now, they might be the only NOS pair of Olympiad’s in existence. And they’re all mine.
 

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In 1994, I was an 8yo kid in Vietnam. Back then, if someone came up to my sewing table and told me I’d one day collect old shoes passionately, I’d told them that’s crazy… I’m joking, of course. We didn’t have table. Just a sewing machine on the floor. The 10yo kid next to me moved on to open Alibaba. Joke on him too, his stock is dropping… (Only the first sentence is true).

Presenting 40s Nunn Bush brown on brown spec vent. For awhile I thought they are 50s. After some help from David’s catalog and Dr. Google, I’m confident they are 40s. Their successors are indeed presented in Nunn Bush summer 1954 catalog, available on David’s. I learned so much from that site.

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Dude, that is an absolutely amazing surviving example of those shoes. And what a pair of shoes those are. As a lover of spectators, those are spectacular.
 

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I seriously do not remember bidding or paying for this.

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Hmmm... for $20.50, not bad. As a hobbyist watchmaker (meaning I restore and repair vintage and antique mechanical watches), make sure you service it, if you intend to wear it, as it almost certainly needs cleaning and lubrication (and likely timing/adjustment also).
 

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Hmmm... for $20.50, not bad. As a hobbyist watchmaker (meaning I restore and repair vintage and antique mechanical watches), make sure you service it, if you intend to wear it, as it almost certainly needs cleaning and lubrication (and likely timing/adjustment also).
Yeah. I'm way ahead of you there.

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I even find myself talking to my watches. "Everything clean. Beautiful."

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Maybe I'm Section 8.
 

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wasmisterfu

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Yeah. I'm way ahead of you there.

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I even find myself talking to my watches. "Everything clean. Beautiful."

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Maybe I'm Section 8.
My man!

I finally finished working on this Hampden Model 2 108 D in flag, got the positional adjustment mostly sorted for 4 positions:

Was a real pain because the center wheel (of all things) pivot was broken (yet somehow the hole jewel wasn’t!?!). So I had salvage a center wheel out of a similar Model 2 parts movement, but then do a lot of manual (very careful) re-machining of the pivot due to tolerance differences.

Now I’m trying to salvage this Elgin which someone pumped motor oil into:


The balance hairspring might as well have been dipped in crazy glue. All that stuff that looks like rust is globs of congealed, dried oil. Naphtha didn’t do crap (nor did the cleaner), so I’m probably going to look into my chest of “de-correcting the grain” solvents. Hopefully I don’t have to re-shellac the pallet and impulse jewels.

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Gentlemen: I must announce I've moved into a new shoe neighborhood. Effective immediately my new shoe ZIP code is 93631. I'm having intense cravings for mustard.
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Nealjpage

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My man!

I finally finished working on this Hampden Model 2 108 D in flag, got the positional adjustment mostly sorted for 4 positions:

Was a real pain because the center wheel (of all things) pivot was broken (yet somehow the hole jewel wasn’t!?!). So I had salvage a center wheel out of a similar Model 2 parts movement, but then do a lot of manual (very careful) re-machining of the pivot due to tolerance differences.

Now I’m trying to salvage this Elgin which someone pumped motor oil into:


The balance hairspring might as well have been dipped in crazy glue. All that stuff that looks like rust is globs of congealed, dried oil. Naphtha didn’t do crap (nor did the cleaner), so I’m probably going to look into my chest of “de-correcting the grain” solvents. Hopefully I don’t have to re-shellac the pallet and impulse jewels.

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You're at a whole new level compared to me. I'm just a budding watch nerd.
 

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