First Pocket Watch Post

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by ScotSun, Dec 29, 2017.

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  1. ScotSun

    ScotSun Registered User

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    I am fairly new to the forum and have posted in the clock side a few times. I have, over the years, picked up a few pocket watches that I thought were interesting. I do not know if this one is American or not. Maybe someone can tell me...
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    The case is plain steel. The crystal is missing. I would love to clean the face but am a newbie and have no idea what to use without damaging it. I would also love to know where I could get a replacement crystal for it. The watch is SUPER slim...shown here next to a quarter...
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    And the movement looks clean but does not continue running...
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    There are some marks in the case...but nothing that I can decipher...
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  2. Dave Coatsworth

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    Hello Scotsun and welcome! Since it does appear to be a Swiss movement, I'm going to go ahead and move your post over to the European Pocket Watch section.
     
  3. musicguy

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    In reference to a new crystal I use Whites crystals New Pocket Watch Crystals.
    You can send the bezel(or full watch) and he will install a crystal, or
    you can order one from him. His prices are very reasonable
    and his crystals are beautiful. You can also do it yourself with a NOS crystal
    by measuring it and finding one on line.

    Good luck
    Rob
     
  4. Howdydave

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    I'm fairly new at this myself, so please consider this as "sharing my ignorance"...

    Since I don't see any inscriptions on the movement -- especially a serial number -- my guess would be that it is European or was made by a private watch maker.
     
  5. LloydB

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    #5 LloydB, Jan 2, 2018
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    From memory of previous forum posts...
    this is what was known as an 'Opera'
    watch --- a small movement (wristwatch?)
    installed with a spacer, into a thin pocket
    watch case.

    If the dial (face) is enamel, cleaning it will
    not be a problem... but if metal, best to get
    an expert opinion.

    Repairs and cleaning (etc) will probably be
    more than its value, but with a cleanup and
    crystal, it will make a decent display piece.
     
  6. richiec

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    Rather than an opera watch, this was a way that retailers got rid of small women's movements by putting them in larger cases, men would buy them and wear them. the newer styles were thinner watches and the ladies movements lent themselves perfectly.
     

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