Arcola SN 109649
Kevin's NotesNow this is what watch collecting is all about. What caught my attention was the local connection. The watch dial and movement both say "F.D. Culp - Arcola, Sask.". I'm from Saskatchewan so this piqued my curiosity.
For some people, watch collecting is about buying and selling to make a profit. For me, watch collecting is about history. This watch had a lot of interesting questions that just begged to be answered. Who was F.D. Culp? What was his Arcola connection? What company manufactured the watch? To me, the watch was an enigma and answering these questions would be fun.
I also bought the watch for other reasons. First, there's the Arcola and Saskatchewan connection. Next was the Canadian connection (the watch case is marked "Made in Canada", seeing that is refreshing in a market flooded by American-made watches). The watch dial, case, and movement are in great shape (except for a missing screw on the movement). The watch was a size 14, which I didn't have, a 17 jewel, which I didn't have, etc. Plus the price was reasonable (about the same I paid for my Elgin I always wear). So even though the watch isn't really worth that much, I still find it interesting.
Now some notes on my investigation of the watch:
Watch IdentificationManufacturer: Possibly Omega (Regina Watch Company). Dial and movement say "F. D. Culp Arcola, Sask.
Movement Serial Number:109649
"Empress" indicates a gold filled case with 10 year warranty.
Dial InformationDial Type: double sunk
Number style: Roman
Hand Style: Blue Spade
Case InformationCase Type: Open face, screw off bezel, and back.
Case Material: 10 year gold-filled
Case Decorations: Back engraved with flowers
Movement InformationWatch Size: 14
Model Number: Unknown
Number of Jewels 17
Set Type: Crown Set (pull crown out to set time)
Regulator Type: Ball
Movement Age: Unknown
Dial Condition: Very Fine, some edge flaking not noticable with the bezel on. Crystal is perfect.
The watch runs fine
Known Watch History