After being bitten by the Volkswagen bug at a young age, Joe Leroux has amassed what is probably the biggest collection of rare, vintage Volkswagens in Ontario.
Though he has a weakness for all cars produced by the German manufacturer, he is a fussy collector: Leroux owns several dozen ultra-rare, pre-1970, air-cooled Volkswagen cars, buses and trucks.
What metals were commonly used to make watch cases?
The Adams and Perry Watch Company was built right beside the turnpike. They brought skilled watchmakers to Lancaster and began production in 1875. This trend caused a major shift in American watch production, with a new emphasis on producing wristwatch models for both men and women.
In that year, the Hamilton Watch Company came into existence as a result of yet another reorganization. Based on the super-reliable 992B with Elinvar hairspring and mono-metallic balance, the Mod 23 adds a chronograph mechanism, making it one of the most complicated watches produced by Hamilton.
The name, Hamilton, was selected to honor Andrew Hamilton, original owner of the Lancaster site on which the factory was situated. Hamilton has always been on the forefront of horological innovation.
Its founders possessed a good combination of skills: Mr. Like so many infant industries, Adams and Perry did not have enough capital to market their product. During World War II, Hamilton ramped-up production of several models of chronometer to meet the US Armed Forces (particularly the US Navy's) need for an extremely accurate timepiece which could be used for navigation at sea.
Lancaster citizens came to their rescue in 1877, raising 5,000, and the reorganized company was renamed the Lancaster Watch Company. Prior to WWII, such highly accurate instruments were only produced abroad.