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    A Nice Tavannes - Worth Having?

    Personally, I like the Tavannes movements. They aren't world beaters, but they are certainly better made and finished than your average workaday watches of the period. The movement you are looking at is a Caliber 19 and is possibly 19''' but may be finished as a 16sz if it was made...
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    Orphaned 1800's Longines PW Movements - What To Do With Them?

    The dial with no feet is not uncommon, they simply snap on, although the dial plate does look to have provision for dial feet with those countersunk holes at 2 & 8 o'clock (as viewed). I agree with roughbarked that it is in the hand set position and you might find that the amplitude increases...
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    Completed Auction - Eye Watering

    I thought exactly the same thing. 'Come & get me' estimates or lack of understanding of the current market?
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    Completed Auction - Eye Watering

    What a collection!! Recently under the hammer in France an absolutely stunning collection of historic proportion: 'Aguttes'
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    Orphaned 1800's Longines PW Movements - What To Do With Them?

    Traditionally a setting lever would be accessed by screwing off the bezel. Is that a possibility? I understand that screw threads can be printed but whether at these necessary dimensions that would be sufficiently robust is a different question I guess. When made of metal they are prone to...
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    Orphaned 1800's Longines PW Movements - What To Do With Them?

    Is this what you are planning to use John? 'Otto Frei'
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    Orphaned 1800's Longines PW Movements - What To Do With Them?

    Hi John, I can see where you are coming from, but I think what folks are saying is that you should get hold of a decent quality watch key that has the correct size to fit onto the protruding square of the winding arbor on your Longines. Once you have that, cut off and file/turn the steel...
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    Trade Mark Identification Help

    Thank you, much appreciated. I searched for Angel, Archangel all through the A's (well about 10 pages anyway), I had failed to spot the E integral to the angel motif.
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    Trade Mark Identification Help

    I am still working my way through these orphaned movements to help improve my dexterity levels after several years away from the bench. I have completed seven or eight of them now and thanks to the help I received on my earlier request I have identified 5 of them as being FHF ebauche. This one...
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    Orphaned 1800's Longines PW Movements - What To Do With Them?

    Inspirational. I do hope that others follow your lead John - otherwise you could find yourself (too) much in demand ;) . I definitely echo the sentiments expressed by roughbarked and, like many others I guess, I have a lot of candidates for re-homing.
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    What do I have here?

    Firstly John, I believe that we are off topic again and moving into non related subject matter, so I suggest that if you wish to pursue the discussion we open a new and specific thread. My final thoughts within this thread are that commendable as your research may be, unless you can add...
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    What do I have here?

    It seems to me that this, very interesting, thread has taken a twist away from the OP's watch to the rather esoteric attribution of manufacturing centres. Many of these attributions are derived from personal opinion - so I will add mine, for what it's worth, with respect to Danaca's watch...
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    Military Pocket Watch by Pierce -- 'DD' Engraving?

    I can tell you that the form of arrow on your watch was used, after the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, by the UK Air Ministry but I don't recall ever having seen one marked with the D D before. I think that the watch is possibly post WW1 and pre WW2.
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    Fusee Up/Down, Help needed in Identification of maker, and anything else.

    I knew John that if I asked the question I would learn something, because you were so positive in the attribution. I think that I probably already knew but just didn't connect between the sponsor's mark and the watchmaking capability. I went straight to the little Coventry Watch Museum Project...
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    Fusee Up/Down, Help needed in Identification of maker, and anything else.

    I am intrigued to understand John, why it is that you are so positive in your attribution of the watch to Coventry? I can see some evidence of what are commonly perceived to be identifiers of a NW Lancashire movement - crows foot indices and some of the balance cock engraving. - but nothing on...
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    English Grande Complications?

    I think I may try to contact the folks at the Coventry Watch Museum Project again. They used to have a stand at the old Birmingham Watch Fairs way back when and I often used to go and have a conversation with them. We did talk at length about the watch illustrated in their little pamphlet and...
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    English Grande Complications?

    The watch noted in the 'Moments in Time' is a different watch John, the dial is far more complex, reflecting the many functions. I will try to photograph it again but it isn't a high quality publication, I have attached my best effort so far. I have just upgraded everything to Windows 11 and...
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    English Grande Complications?

    I don't doubt that you haven't 'seen' it, but the Joseph Player and Son watch that I noted at #5 has a Perpetual Calendar as just one of its many complications and I would strongly suspect entirely English made. I don't have a scanner at the moment so I am not able to submit the photograph that...
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    English Grande Complications?

    You could check out J Player & Son of Coventry (Master Watchmaker), founded in 1858. There is an article 'here' and another example is shown in 'Moments in Time' published by The Coventry Watch Museum Project. This example, made about 1906, includes - minute repeating, carillion quarters...

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