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    Okay number 3 of 3 watches my father left

    Somewhere between 1928 and 1930 wristwatches first outsold pocket watches. By 1948 pocket watches were seldom warn. Often they were given as special gifts or retirement rewards and spent most of their time in a drawer. A few old timers and individuals liked and wore pocket watches at that...
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    They tell me this may be Swiss

    You did not give the size of the watch. Measure the width of the watch movement in millimeters as it comes through the back of the case. If it is about 45 mm, it is close to an American 18 size and I would date it about the 1880s. If it is closer to 43 mm, then it is close to the an American...
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    "Marchand, Paris" Repeater Verge, I think.

    I am guessing about 1770 from the shape of the balance cock. Take a look at and compare your watch with Swiss and French watches of various decades. If you click on the pictures, you get more pictures and if you click on these you get big pictures...
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    Is it possible to figure out who made this?

    This is a Swiss bar ebauche movement. It dates anywhere from 1840s to the 1880s. Watches of this style were made by a village, not a company. Various companies mades parts. They were assembled into an incomplete movement called an ebauche by another company and sold to any of thousands of...
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    Watch Identification

    Yes, it is Swiss. It is very difficult to identify who made it, because the Swiss had several companies that made incomplete or barely movements and thousands of others who then finished the watch. I would date is in the last quarter of the 19th century if it is near 18 size. This is because...
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    Skeleton quarter repeater

    Take a sharp needle and lightly push it into the side of the crystal. If it is plastic, the point of the needle will grab the plastic. If it is glass, it will slide off. Don't push too hard if it is plastic, or you will leave a dimple. Don
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    Information on pocket watch

    That is very interesting. The opposite is true for most US collectors. The most desired watches in the US are railroad approved watches and for most of the time, railroad standards would not accept hunter watches, regardless of the quality of the movement. A solid gold case adds value just...
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    Ferdinand Berthoud Pocket Watch

    This looks like a low grade Swiss ebauch bar movement. It could date anywhere from the 1830s to 1870s, but I would put this one in the latter part of that. Ebauche movements were manufactured as incomplete movements. These were purchased by any of thousands of other companies or individuals...
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    Just looked at something 'dind of interesting' - but don't need it

    I would have walked on as you did. Parts are hard to find, should it need any. From your description, it is some kind of travel or table watch/clock and is not complete. Don
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    Identify this watch?

    Welcome to the board. Unfortunately this is going to turn out to be a Swiss watch. The major hint is the "A" and "R" on the regulator, which are French abbreviations for Fast and Slow. Swiss watches are very difficult to identify. First, because this is the American Pocket Watch section...
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    Hartford Watch Co.

    It looks better than most Swiss fakes until you look at the balance. It appears from the picture not to be split. Don
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    M j tobias watch

    A clear picture of the movement would help us date the movement. One can purchase keys at most watch supply companies. The problem is knowing the size key that you need, although a selection of all the sizes is cheap. If you go to and search the keyword "keys". You will...
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    unknown ladies pocket watch

    You have already identified it as Swiss, so this makes it almost impossible to identify the maker. There were thousands of watchmakers in Switzerland. Few watches were made by one company or person. Many people and companies were involved in the making, casing and selling a given watch. Don
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    Swiss Ebauche

    I am preparing a talk on something that I know little about, the Swiss method of watch production in the 19th and early 20th century. Early ebauche movements were just crude plates and bridges that were then finished by others. By the 1930s they were functioning movements. Does anyone know...
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    "Normal precision" in a verge

    Re: How well it keeps time depends on the conditions. The main problem is temperature. Without a temperature compensating balance, the watch rate will vary many minutes a day with changes with temperature. It could run 5 minutes a day fast in winter and 5 minutes a day slow in summer. It...
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    Tho Russell Liverpool?

    You might enjoy reading this on Russell watches,guid,7fd72e45-6b48-4c37-9db4-541ee78c423d.aspx Kip, You clock question would do best in the clock repair section. If I remember the E. Howard model 28 is a painted dial on marble or marble like...
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    hello has anyone ever heard of james crichton 18k pocket watch

    The stamps are called Hallmarks. If they are indeed British hallmarks, we can date the case from a clear picture of them. Don
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    Like pulling teeth!

    You are starting with very difficult watches. Most of us will not touch a cylinder escapement. The parts are not standard, so you have to make most everything or do major modification. Repeaters add complications as well. Most people start with low jewel Elgins or Walthams 16 size. Then...
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    New Member needs help

    Unfortunately, the photograph of the hallmarks is unclear. Your camera locked in on the movement. The hallmarks will date the case to the year. You can either try to get a clear picture of the hallmarks or date it yourself using and...
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    What do you think? 17th century or not?

    The pair case was the rule by 1690. The balance cock of 1675 would have the outside edge of the base of irregular outline as determined by the decoration and would not follow the line of the plate exactly. By 1690, this would not be the case. In both there would be an extra long wiskers at...
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