I suspect it was a brought in caliber from someone. The shape of the escape wheel cock reminds me of IWC, but I couldn't find anything in their catalogs like that.
Seems like all the examples I see are also produced entirely for the consumer/retail market.
The London quadrant indicator, and top mounted regulator squeeze out the area where Johnson normally put the serial number. My impression is they are later and by a different hand.
I have 16666. It's signed on the dial "14 Jewels" but actually has 16. Massey III escapement...
This 3/4 plate seems a little out of character for our John Harrison here, but I was surprised to find it also sports the Massey III escapement.
Orphaned from it's case. Has the motion work and dial plate but not dial.
But, to my delight there are hand scribed notes on the dial plate with the...
For Bartens & Rice, New York.
I posted a thread about these several years ago, but still wondering who was responsible for making them.
It's quite a nice, presumably Swiss, but maybe French manufacture?
I've seen many examples signed Bartens & Rice with no clue as to the actual maker.
Garon Brothers Jewelers in Duluth, Minnesota started importing fine Swiss watches in 1921.
Brother Julius used the first 3 letters of his first and last name combined to come up with the worst watch name in history. "Julgar".
I believe this one is quite a nice Minerva 7/23(?).
Keeping the rodico handy is a good idea.
It sounds like you are on the right track.
I would try taking the cap jewel out while you get the hinge side of the spring set into position. Then put the jewel in and the the two fingers lock under the lips of the setting. They are usually...
Although there's no engravings or allusions to "Railroad" this is more or less what would be described as a "Swiss fake".
The movement is made in the American style to deliberately look like a Waltham Model 1870 or 1877.
Personally, since it has no deceptive markings, I wouldn't class it as...
I have 2 LS.
20599 and 20706.
20599 has been my profile picture, forever. Lovely gold dial w/ sub seconds. Still has the dust cap, also with the serial # and "W.W". 43mm diameter @ the pillar plate.
Both are just movements. 20706 is missing the dial and some other components under the...
Me either. So many mysteries.
Who the heck is "M. Fracies"? Where did that come from?
I'm wondering if Myer and Samuel were supposed to be representing their Uncle Morris interests in Liverpool in this 1805-1812 period, but they were not, really.
Virtually as soon as they got there...