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    "skeleton" old pocket watch with the untypical made cylinder escapement

    M.B. Pray made cylinder watches with flat wheels, though there was a tendency for oil to migrate off the working surfaces, so many were converted to regular cylinders. This watch is almost certainly Continental European, given the style and the coqueret on the balance cock.
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    How does one recognize a Breguet hanging ruby cylinder without disassembly.

    As Dr. Jon said, the escape wheel is situated well below its usual spot, so an especially sunk escape wheel and cock is one tell. In a number of photos of Breguet movements that I've seen, it's difficult to see the escape wheel at all. As well, while this is not universal, it's not uncommon...
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    Some more books.

    Longitude was a fun watch, despite the inaccuracies. I'm impressed with some aspects of the production and flummoxed by others, writing included. I would love to know how they got such realistic models of the Harrison chronometers, though their H4 was almost certainly a quartz movement inside...
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    Tobias-Johnson connection?

    Johnson and Tobias certainly worked within a style and indeed their products looked similar throughout the ages. Liverpool watches had a distinctive look, between the jewels, the engraving, the runner setup, Massey escapements, and other points as well. Tobias did indeed put a different name...
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    Short introduction of my person

    Are the 7 minute variants proper karrusels or could you be thinking of the Robert North 6 minute tourbillon which looks quite similar to the karrusel? Either way, welcome!
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    Results in Christie's Just-Completed "Geneva Edit" Auction

    I was quite annoyed with that 8 clock listing. No indications as to maker, though one looked like it could have been Matthew Norman. Another appeared to be a chronometer clock but there were no shots of the movements in any meaningful detail (same with the 20th century Breguet automatic pocket...
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    Early movement "Massey Liverpool No 306"

    I remember reading that watches with Massey's escapement that were made by the firm had EIM stamped or scratched in various places, like under the balance cock.
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    Shall I give this watch some love ?

    You have a chronograph with a seconds and minute register, meaning it can record up to 30 minutes in this particular case. The center seconds hand and the small minutes (1-30) are part of the timer, the small seconds (1-60) along with the center hour and minute hand are the regular running...
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    Probable 19th century replica of ~1600 rock crystal pre-balance spring verge

    Thanks for all your replies! I knew it wasn't going to be an Edward East, but didn't expect a static exhibit. If the watch will never run, what would you do with a dud? As well, if the movement is truly trash, is there any advice on how to remove the hand so I can remove the dial? Graham...
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    Probable 19th century replica of ~1600 rock crystal pre-balance spring verge

    Hello everyone, I recently bought a rock crystal watch that was advertised as a replica watch, probably mid-19th century. The case appears to be brass or silver gilt and the movement with brass plates and train. The cock is screwed and not pinned in place indicating manufacture or an original...
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    Odd-looking high grade movement identification

    I think they were made by Henri Beguelin (sp?), though I don't know if he was a watchmaker or a retailer.
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    C Nomlas (Colin Salmon), Dundee, paired case watch.

    Signing one's name backwards was sometimes done by a retailer or watchmaker faced with selling a watch they might not want to be associated with. For example, you can find watches signed I. Leksor.
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    N. Tobias pocket watch

    I find the N amusing as the Swiss were not the only ones to sign fakes as such. When John Lee or Henry Stuart (can't remember if it was onem the other, or both) would make a fake Tobias, they sometimes had them engraved N. I. Tobias and filled out the M last.
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    G.E Demeza, 95 Strand, London

    I believe that's a consular case, wherein there's no visible band, the bezel and case back meeting in the middle. Early pocket chronometers used this style of case frequently. Very cool to see. EDIT: there is a band and I wasn't wearing my glasses. Still a very cool case. Can you please post...
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    Charles E. Jacot

    To echo Dr. Jon, that is lovely indeed. So neat to see maker's signatures. I believe the ebauche came from Auguste Saltzman.

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