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How do I open this pocket watch?

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DJDasher

Having had some very good luck in obtaining information on a family pocket watch, I thought that I'd try to do the same with a watch that has been in my wife's family for many years (it belonged to her grandfather). The problem is that I can't seem to figure our how to open it to get vital information!

The watch is a Hamilton with arabic lettering on the dial. It is gold colored (possibly gold plated). It winds at the crown. The time is set by pulling out the crown and turning. The entire edge of the watch is knurled. I can't figure out how to get this watch opened. It does'nt have any obvious "lets" for the insertion of prying devices to open the front glass or back plates.

Any advice?

Thanks,

Dennis
 
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DJDasher

Having had some very good luck in obtaining information on a family pocket watch, I thought that I'd try to do the same with a watch that has been in my wife's family for many years (it belonged to her grandfather). The problem is that I can't seem to figure our how to open it to get vital information!

The watch is a Hamilton with arabic lettering on the dial. It is gold colored (possibly gold plated). It winds at the crown. The time is set by pulling out the crown and turning. The entire edge of the watch is knurled. I can't figure out how to get this watch opened. It does'nt have any obvious "lets" for the insertion of prying devices to open the front glass or back plates.

Any advice?

Thanks,

Dennis
 

Jerry Treiman

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It sounds like the back cover of the watch may unscrew. If this does not seem to work, a picture of the watch may help us figure it out.
 

Tom McIntyre

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It is also possible, but less likely, that the front cover unscrews and the movement swings up out of the case.

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Jon Hanson

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look for a seam, use a rubber cup and/or some liquid wrench if frozen!

Jon Hanson, NAWCC #8801
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