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Antique H. Montandon

mshenry

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I have my great- grandfather's pocket watch. It has the bezel that held the crystal and opened but the bezel hinge and the crystal are broken. The fob has coral 'posts'.
My great grandfather was from England. I have a photo of him circa 1900 with the fob clearly visible.
I am trying to get an idea of worth. I have been told that the movement is not valuable, and I have been told they are. I have been told it is solid gold, and that is is "rolled gold". I have been told $200 to $900 usd.
Finally, the last person who repaired antique US pocket watches told me to look here for someone familiar with European watches.
 

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Skutt50

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Welcome to the board.

Your pictures are a bit unclear and hard to read. Could you possibly post some sharper pictures and include some of the inside of the lids.

It appears your watch is a swiss made watch from the last part of the 1800:eds. It has an anchor escapement but I can not tell if there are jewels in the bearings.... (Sharper pictures please)

You may want to inform your watchmaker that we do not do valuation here. You could however go to the following page where you will get some help for a modest fee:
https://mb.nawcc.org/forumdisplay.php?309-What-is-this-watch-worth

If it is gold, gold rolled, guiled or anything else is possibly possible to say after reading stamps inside the lids.

One very nice feature though is that you have what appears to be the original key. Keep it safe!
 

Squite

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The Le Locle engraved on the dustcap gives it away....it's Swiss for sure. H. Montandon has registered a number of different marks over the years, all out of either Le Locle, Switzerland (1880-1900) or later out of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (1911). Furthermore, the F(ast)/S(low) on the adjustment index tells you it was made specifically for export to the English speaking market (Aikin, Lambert and Co. out of New York also registered the Montandon name, as importers).

Can't say anything about the case until we see better photos of it, but often times Swiss case makers tended to use a gilt copper dustcap, even on solid gold cases.
 

mshenry

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on the back cover of the working is the number 58742. ( I can upload full size photos if needed) on the front of the actual watch case back is on the top the numbers 27368 and on the bottom of that case 58742. My email is accessable if you want more resolution in the photos
 

mshenry

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I have an appointment and have taken some other photos. I will upload later. If you are talking about jewels as in ruby etc, no there are none visible.
 

artbissell

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Here a 20+ year newer one. Property of a friend. Good finisher not an original designer and maker like a high grade Swiss producer; looks like the best but a simple calendar (not perpetual} and simple repeater. About 1/10 value of similar looking perpetual calendar, split second chronograph minute repeater by Patek. This older one will have about 1/2 value of this 1/4 repeater which would end up being about twice 18k case scrap value. That is actually how my max. ebay bid usually succeeds for fine Swiss gold ones.

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