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    Thoughts on passing on a very interesting watch marred by fakery

    I may be in the same situation. I am currently taking steps to verify the authenticity of one of my pocket watches. If it is a fake, it's a very good one. If it's genuine, I'll be thrilled. But assuming it's a fake, I'm not sure what to do. I won't sell it under false pretenses. Could I...
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    My A. Lange & Sohne pocket watch

    Aw, too bad. But thanks for checking. I would be surprised if someone took a gold pocket watch to the South Pole. I know I wouldn't. That's more like a Timex trip for me, lol.
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    My A. Lange & Sohne pocket watch

    Btw, speaking of Lange books I recently purchased a copy of A. Lange & Sohne - Great Timepieces from Saxony by Reinhard Mels. It's a two-volume set with the first book focused on the rise and history of watchmaking in Glashutte and the second volume focused on the AL&S watches. It's expensive...
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    My A. Lange & Sohne pocket watch

    Cool! Can you look to see if mine is listed? It's 43001. Photos attached. (Hope you don't mind, SD.)
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    My A. Lange & Sohne pocket watch

    An update on obtaining an extract: I received a reply from Mr. Anke Johne in the Digital Archive and Archive Information Department. He advised that the photos of the watch that I included in my request for an extract were sufficient so there was no need to inspect the watch in person. In...
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    My A. Lange & Sohne pocket watch

    Yes. But because they're closed due to the pandemic I assumed I would have to wait until they reopen. I'll shoot them an email to see if they respond.
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    My A. Lange & Sohne pocket watch

    This appears to have come from the Museum Glashütte. I thought they were closed. Can you tell me the particulars as to how you acquired the extract? I'd like to get one for my AL&S.
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    Need help with the identity of this repeater pocket watch.

    Congrats! I have a circa 1920s Rueff Freres with Lugrin ebauche minute repeater. Repeaters are a blast. I love playing with mine.
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    1st pocket watch (maybe): Tobias Pocket Watch

    At that price, even should it fall apart you shouldn't be disappointed. Welcome to the wonderful world of pocket watches!
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    My A. Lange & Sohne pocket watch

    That's impossible when it comes to AL&S pocket watches. Congrats! Here's a serial number list I swiped off this board sometime in the past.
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    Can't tell if this watch is fake

    Sweet! The condition of the dial is way more important, at least to me, than is the condition of the hands. Some hard core collectors may disagree, of course, but to each his own. I recently purchased an A. Lange & Söhne pocket watch and immediately replaced the seconds hand without giving it...
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    Can't tell if this watch is fake

    Better replacement hands rather than no hands, obviously. Not that big of a deal as it's not as if you would have been able to retire on the sale proceeds even if the watch were all original and in perfect working order and condition. How's the dial? Try to match the replacement hands to...
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    Zenith Pocket Watch Grand Prix Paris 1900 in the box with a pencil identification

    Sweet! Zenith was founded in 1865 by George Favre-Jacot in Le Locle, a Swiss hotbed of watchmaking. It's still around today, making it one of the oldest continuing watchmakers. It won the Grand Prize for a movement at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, which Zenith liked to commemorate...
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    I have Lizzie Borden's watch . . .

    John, the title of this thread belongs in the NAWCC Hall of Fame. Good job, my man!
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    J. Assmann German/Swiss pocket watch

    Great information, Dr. Jon. Many thanks.
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    J. Assmann German/Swiss pocket watch

    My fascination with all watches Glashütte continues. I was thrilled to get this J. Assmann right before Christmas. It's housed in a 56.5mm 14Kt rose gold case. There's tons of information on Julius Assmann on the web. To sum it up, as a relatively young man he hooked up with Ferdinand...
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    Antique Pocket watch assistance

    As with most pocket watches, the sentimental value far outweighs its economic value. It's pretty cool to have a nearly 100 year old pocket watch that has been handed down to the fourth generation in the family. Try to document it as best you can so that when you hand it down to the 5th...
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    Help with my brothers pocket watch S. Goldstone Manchchester and London

    Sigh. I hate thieves. Hope he gets it back.
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    1910? Glashütte Original Pocket Watch

    I forgot to include what the dealer in England told me about the watch's provenance: The previous history is unknown but in 1947 it was given as a wedding present from a former German Luftwaffe Pilot to a former British Royal Air Force Bomber Rear Gunner. The RAF gunner was shot down...
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    1910? Glashütte Original Pocket Watch

    While surfing this site, I realized that I had forgotten to post photos of this watch. I have to say this has become one of my favorite watches in my collection. It's in pristine condition and the craftsmanship is excellent. It's a dead accurate timekeeper, which is always a bonus. Having...
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