Comparative Study

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by CloserByFar, Jul 10, 2007.

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  1. CloserByFar

    CloserByFar New Member

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    Howdy,

    Here are some pictures of similar yet very different watches from my dad's recently inherited collection.

    Watch A is a 45mm M.I. Tobias with a rack lever escapement. It is a little dirty but in excellent condition and runs good.

    Watch B is a 40mm Arnold Adams. It is a little more dirty, smaller, and lighter.

    UHQ pictures are available.

    I would like to hear some thoughts on the watches. Is the Adams a fake or just some kind of imitation?
     

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  2. Dr. Jon

    Dr. Jon Registered User
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    Both are typical of Swiss made watches, often imported and sold by English retailers. They are Geneva Bar ebauches (rough movements). I had not seen one set up as a rack lever. Are you sure yours is not a regular lever? From the picture which is far enough to make this determination, it looks to me like a regular Swiss lever.

    The movements cases and dials are typically Swiss. I would not call them fake, most English retailers imported these and sold them.
     
  3. CloserByFar

    CloserByFar New Member

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    Yea, I'm sorry it is a regular lever movement. I don't know why I said that.
     

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