James Nardin pocket watch- two questions

oldetymes

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Hi - Couple of questions for my fellow listers...As part of a recent auction lot, I'm now in possession of a pocket watch from the Swiss maker, James Nardin with "No 8590" inscribed on one of its finger bridges. For those who are familiar with this maker, is it correct to interpret this as a serial number?

Also, it is a 21 ligne size pocket watch without its case. Presumably, its case was lost to the smelters and melters at some point in its life. I'm more versed in American pocket watches, not so much with Swiss so I am needing guidance regards locating a case of the correct size. It's a pretty, higher quality watch. Add to this, all parts appear to be in good order, other than a good cleaning and perhaps a mainspring. All together, it motivates me to restore and find a suitable case.


Questions:
Were cases for Swiss pocket watches unique to the movement such that obtaining a case is impossible? or was there some Swiss standard system similar to the American PW and, if so, what was it? What do I need to look for to match these up?

Also, any other suggestions other than the usual marts and Ebay to search? Can you refer me to member(s) who specialize with Swiss watches/cases.

Thx much

Dave Morrow
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Omexa

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Re: Pics of my James Nardin pocket watch.

Hi, nice movement. You do not have to start a new thread to put photos in, just add them to the original thread. Maybe the moderator can add them to the original thread. Regards Ray
 

LloydB

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Re: Pics of my James Nardin pocket watch.

To address a couple of your concerns:

1) Yes that's the serial number

2) because it was made to export
to an English market, it's at least
'possible' that it will fit into a
standard case size.

Careful measurements of the dial,
dial plate, etc, will answer that.
 

oldetymes

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Re: Pics of my James Nardin pocket watch.

hmm. as it measures 21 lignes it is larger than even the standard 18s

- - - Updated - - -

this was my first post with a pic. couldn't figure out how to post it in the original thread. more to learn...
 

Omexa

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Re: Pics of my James Nardin pocket watch.

Hi, "couldn't figure out how to post it in the original thread. more to learn..." go to reply to thread. Regards Ray
 

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