The Webb c. Ball co. Cleveland

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  1. s. smith

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    Can someone tell me anything about this watch who made the movement and was this made for the Ball jewelery store..

    It,s a 16 size and marked 21 jewel adjusted looks like it,s been stored for years very dirty but wil run .

    Thanks
    SAMMIE
     

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    the movement
     
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    I believe that the movement is by C. H. Meylan. Probably made for the Ball jewelry store, but might have been accepted in railroad service if made prior to the 1906/8 period, which I think it was, based on the serial number.
     
  5. Jeff Hess

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    Webb was advertising "watches for rr men" as early as 1879.

    Those that are routinely thought of as "for his store" may have indeed been made for RR service as well, as Ed suggests.

    Nice watch. any case with it? They are often Jeannot and Sciheibler karat gold cases.

    Jeff Hess
     
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    Ed thanks for the info i think you are correct about the maker, it looks too be a good quailty movement that would have passed the railroad specs in the early 1900,s.

    Jeff i bought this one on ebay a few weeks ago i seen it a few hours before the end of the auction i placed a bid and to my surpise won the watch,,i was pleased with the fact that it was a 16 size,,it was in a low quailty gold filled case that did not fit the movement..sure wish this one had the original case. I normaly don,t buy or collect Ball watches but found this one interesting ,,i have a good friend that does collect the Ball watches next time we get together maybe i can trade for a nice 72 Waltham..

    Thanks again for the help.
     
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    I agree its C. H. Meylan. These fit US standard cases but were expensive enough that they were usually in gold cases.

    I have several high grade Swiss in Ball private labels. I strongly doubt they were intended for service with railroad worker bees. I think they may have been for Railroad executives. At the risk of getting flamed out of the NAWCC, I think these are significantly higher grade than US railraod watches and even prestige watches. They were not cheap.
     

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