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    Default John Russel of London

    Good day all.

    I have just inherited a yellow gold pocket watch, with the name John Russel, London, on the face.
    I have searched and searched, and I cannot find anything about this maker. I have found information regarding Thomas Russell and sons, but no reference to John (spelt with one ‘L’).
    The timepiece is spectacular, with the ‘Swiss Made’ wording either side of the six o’clock mark.
    If anyone can help me try and piece together some history around this timepiece, it would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: John Russel of London (By: pilot1012000)

    Hello,

    It seems really "spectacular"

    The watchmaker from London (UK?) and the watch "swiss made"

    All in the same dial.

    I need looking that pic. Please



    Regards

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    Default Re: John Russel of London (By: pilot1012000)

    The name Russel would be the jewelry store that sold the watch. The maker might be determined from a picture of the movement.
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    Default Re: John Russel of London (By: pilot1012000)

    I would go so far as to say that John Russel is certainly the London retailer who sold the watch originally. Based on what info you have given, I would guess a date of somewhere between 1890 and 1930. Many, if not most, watches sold in Britain during that period were movements imported from Switzerland or America and cased in England. If the case is gold, and was made in England it will have the English hallmark, which will serve to date the watch. Even if the case was made abroad, if it was sold in Britain it will have the import hallmark, which again will serve to date the watch.

    If there is no identifiable English hallmark on the case, then it is neither gold nor silver, or, the case was made abroad and privately imported.

    Photos of any hallmark-like marking on the case, as well of the movement, would give a lot more info.

    Jerry


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    Default Re: John Russel of London (By: Jerry Matthews)

    Reactivating a dormant thread...
    Here's a John Russel 9ct gold PW which I have. Interestingly it's a pin-set hacking movement, which I'd guess is unusual. I have yet to winkle out the source of the movement. The case is incredibly thin and it's miraculous that it has survived with so little damage.

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    Default Re: John Russel of London (By: Roy Horrorlogic)

    Hi Roy,

    Although it's signed for London, and may have been sold by a London retailer, it looks like a Swiss product to me.

    Regards,

    Graham

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