I have just spent a couple of hours reading this thread, and though it is really interesting, there is nothing really new. l think we all know we don´t like scrappers, or do we? What about the collectors of movements only? I have as many movements as I have cased watches. This is no excuse for Scrappers, though, for research they make life easier. Some of these little jewels have been cased, I would love to put them all in cases, but I would need another lifetime.
This one, you could be sure it was in a gold case. Probably made by Nicole Neilson.
These three are from the Litherland firm in Liverpool.
This watch could have been in a rolled Gold or Silver case, do not forget scrappers, scrap them too.
One more photograph, and then I will move on. I could of course go back to Verge's and their movements, but the point is made.
Spot the London watch.
Early in this thread, Ethan mentioned mementoes and such engraved or scratched-on watch cases putting people off purchase, I do agree with that. Fancy these on a Patek.
"From Man & Dad for Christmas," "For 25 years honest work" "The Lord's Prayer" plus many others. Yet of all of those watches and movements in my collection, it´s this one that stands out. It's a Longines 12s, 14K (Sorry it's not American but the owner, was. Sid Grauman ) The watch comes in at 50 grams, and the button 14K chain at 5 grams. That makes a few dollars today-but!
I put this on the board in 2018, and you can see in the photo above that LloydB was kind enough to find out who the Gentlemen were, who bought the watch for Sid, as a Christmas present in 1920-21. Gold, Silver, Jewels, regulators, damascene, and golden wheels, all go out the window, "THIS WAS SID GRAUMANS POCKET WATCH" and I am looking after it.
Yes, it´s Christmas every day. All of us, I hope have this feeling when we buy an antique pocket watch.
While writing this, I changed my mind. (More than once) and decided to include very old watches. All four have been repaired and Serviced by Seth Kennedy, they are now just waiting for cases. Another one is away having a pare-case made for it, will show it when it arrives.
To finish, You will have often seen, but worthwhile
This is a movement sold by Hunt & Roskell c1848 (Nicole & Capt?) put into a Sterling Silver & 18K gold case, by Hermann Lüdke here in Germany.
I only wear it when I get that Christmas feeling. You know what I mean.