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    Default Benedict Brother New York Watch

    Wondering if anyone can id this movement as to maker and the case mark? Thanks
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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: GD1)

    I think it's either a LeCoultre or it's a LeCoultre ebauche likely finished by Agassiz.

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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: Ethan Lipsig)

    Thanks. The case looks and feels like gold but the only mark is the eagle.

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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: GD1)

    Hi, it could be Gold; Benedict Brothers New York were a pretty Classy Seller. I have a similar but earlier Case with the Eagle and it is an American Gold Case. Do not get it Acid tested, there are better methods of testing for Gold. Regards Ray

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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: Omexa)

    Thanks. I picked this up from a retired watch repairman. It runs great and has a decent dial but the seconds post is broken. He had always intended to fix it but it became just another project that never got worked on. Oddly enough the outside of the case was almost black from oxidation and he said it was like that when he got it years before. The inside looked like you see it. The lids are papery thin and I was confused because I didn't think gold would tarnish.

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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: GD1)

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    Oddly enough the outside of the case was almost black from oxidation and he said it was like that when he got it years before. The inside looked like you see it. The lids are papery thin and I was confused because I didn't think gold would tarnish.
    You're right - gold does not tarnish. It may be that the black coating was not oxidisation at all, but maybe a shellac varnish?

    The eagle mark is a known US assay mark for 18K gold, and one that I have found to be trustworthy. But the name of Benedict Bros would be important in determining the reliability of the mark - is the Benedict name inscribed anywhhere on the case?
    Martin Rosen

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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: MartyR)

    No, only on the movement and dial.

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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: GD1)

    My instinct is that the gold will be 18K, but if that is an important matter to you for reasons of valuation then I would advise that you have the case tested by XRF analyser; these will normally be found only at large pawnbrokers or jewellery stores.
    Martin Rosen

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    Default Re: Benedict Brother New York Watch (By: MartyR)

    Not really, more curious than anything. Obviously the value would be quite a bit higher if gold, but I would hate to see it scrapped. I was actually more interested in who might have made the movement. The case mark was kind of secondary. Been carrying it a little and seems to keep good time. I realize without knowing the service on it, I am sure its hasn't been lately, i wouldn't want to carry it on a regular basis. Thanks to everyone for their help and/or input.

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