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09-17-2012, 07:09 AM #1
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Early Swiss National Park Stopwatch with Excelsior "J" movement
I recently purchased a Swiss made stopwatch with National Park on the dial. I did some reading on this brand and know that it was first used in 1891 by Gallet. I also know that these watches were used to time cars and horses in the old days. I think the movement is an early Excelsior movement--part of the movement is shaped like a "J," for Jeanneret & Freres, who patented the movement. While browsing the internet, I came across a picture of the movement that was patented--this one is just like it. Later ones have a small compartment holding spare parts, which this one does not have.
I was wondering if this watch could possibly be one of the earliest or even first made? The only writing visible on the movement is the number 3364 with a cross (Swiss?). Others I have seen have the parts compartment and two numbers on the movement--the other being the patent number(?)--388992 or DRP 388992. I don't know if it helps or not, but the dust cover is inscribed with the number 191311, with no name. The case, I believe, is nickel.
Any information you could give me on this watch would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your time.
09-17-2012, 08:04 PM #2
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Re: Early Swiss National Park Stopwatch with Excelsior "J" movement (RE: dyb225)
I have heard of Excelsior Park, but never National Park. I have never seen a dial marked Excelsior Park. Given all of this, I might understand a dial marked National, with an Excelsior Park made movement in it. Perhaps someone else can shed some light on this.
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