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    recommendation for a Swiss watch repair?

    I'm not sure why my regular watch repairman is not interested in working on Swiss watches, but he isn't. It's his call. I did just send him three American watches to repair. After seeing my post, another member contacted me and gave me the name of a someone who has worked on his Swiss...
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    recommendation for a Swiss watch repair?

    I'm in Indiana--is it really necessary to send it overseas? Alan Goebes
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    recommendation for a Swiss watch repair?

    Dr-Jon---I don't find the Business Directory particularly helpful. It lists 35 businesses under "Watch Repair." Looking a the websites of about a half -dozen at random--one says it's not accepting projects at this time. Several say they specialize in high-end luxury and complicated watches...
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    recommendation for a Swiss watch repair?

    I'm just a naive collector, and usually only buy American watches, but I picked up this Swiss (I presume) keywind at a recent NAWCC Regional show. It's roughly the same size as an American 16-size watch. On the curvette (which I couldn't get a good photo of), it says "15 Rubis--Spiral...
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    Waltham 12-size--that's a fraction too big

    Thanks for the responses. I never knew about the odd-sized Waltham Colonial models. My quandary now--what do I do with the uncased, recently-serviced "Colonial B" Riverside movement that I now have? Would I have to find a case marked "Waltham Colonial"? (That doesn't sound very likely.)...
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    Waltham 12-size--that's a fraction too big

    Not long ago I purchased an empty Philadelphia gold-filled 12-size case on that well-known auction site. I bought it because it was in almost-new condition. I decided it deserved a fairly high-grade movement, so I turned to the same auction site and found a 12-size Waltham Riverside movement...
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    Can you recommend a repairman?

    I have tried the Business Directory (for American watches) in the past and haven't found it much help. When I go there now and click on "United States" and "Watch Repair," I get 37 links. When I go to the websites of these listings, some don't do repair work at all, or only repair clocks...
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    Can you recommend a repairman?

    I have just a few European watches, but one is this keywind Swiss(?) watch, roughly 12-size. The movement is unmarked: the case has a serial number but no hallmarks; the curvette is marked "Cylindre" and "8 Rubis"--I assume that means it has 8 jewels and a cylinder escapement. I bought it...
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    Geo. carley & co. watch--how old is it?

    Thanks to all for the information. Not as accurate, I imagine, as my Illinois Bunn Special, but with a charm all its own. Alan Goebes
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    Geo. carley & co. watch--how old is it?

    Whoops--just noticed that the 1882 Trade Directory that John shows indicates the name "George Carley and Co." still in use a year after Carley died. Alan Goebes
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    Geo. carley & co. watch--how old is it?

    From a 2017 Forum response about another Carley watch--- https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/geo-carley-co-pocket-watch.145027/ "...the maker is Geo. Carley & Co (not Carter) of 30 Ely Place London. Would be interesting if we could find out a bit more about him. What I do know so far is the following...
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    Geo. carley & co. watch--how old is it?

    It was my other British watch (not pictured) that was hallmarked Chester--a shield with a sword and three sheaves of wheat. The case for this Carley watch is hallmarked London--a shield with a leopard's head. So that would make it 1861. I just didn't think it was that early, but then I don't...
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    Geo. carley & co. watch--how old is it?

    I normally collect American-made watches, but I picked up a British watch the other day. I'm trying to figure out how old it is. It is a key-wind/key set, about 16-size, open-face. The movement is marked "Geo. Carley & Co., 30 Ely Place, London," and "no. 26742." The hallmarks indicate the...
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    Davis Bros & Co case

    Sorry to be slow responding. Thanks for the replies. I tried looking for Davis Bros on the internet--obviously I'm not as skilled in my search ability as you others. I'm also not great at photography, but here are photos of the watch (Hamilton 940) and case. It's a re-case, sadly, but that...

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