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Any way to properly date a Swiss watch?

bonusbuilt1950

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I'm interested in a Swiss pocket watch that I'm trying to figure out the age of. It has the 3 bears on the cover and the bow, so from what I've read, it is between 1888 and 1914. Trying to get a better idea. Please look at the pics. Another funny thing is there isn't a second hand. Wondering if it's missing? Seems odd there isn't a separate second hand dial. Tell me what you think. Also he says it has a serial number of 69169?
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Shawn Moulder

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Looks like a ladies swiss watch. They usually don't have second hands. I would date the watch from around the 1890s. Your case is solid silver and is fine 0.935 silver.
 

bonusbuilt1950

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Looks like a ladies swiss watch. They usually don't have second hands. I would date the watch from around the 1890s. Your case is solid silver and is fine 0.935 silver.
Ok, I saw the silver content of the watch. I didn't know it was a ladies watch, being the size it is. I was looking for one I can use every day. I'm new at this, so I don't have any idea of value. I'm on the fence whether I should buy it or not.
 

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Evidently the seller did not like my questions and sold it. I guess this ends the posting.
 

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Did you really want a cylinder watch?
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I wanted a watch I can wind and set from the back. I am missing 3 fingers and have Diabetic Neuropathy in my hands, so it is hard to wind a stem wind watch. Not alot of American made watches with this feature that I can afford. Seems there are many more Swiss one that have this.
 

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I am sorry to hear about your problem

I wouldn't restrict your search only to Swiss examples. If you Google 'key wound pocket watches' it will return many examples including from the popular online auction sites, many of which will be English. I would recommend that you consider watches with lever escapements rather than cylinder and examples where you can also set the time with a key from the back, would be worth considering. I would not recommend Swiss examples that are attempting to imitate English movement designs - they are not as visually attractive in my opinion.

Best of luck with your search.

John
 
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