'Turtle Watch' help

Smudgy

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Glycine was the name of a watchmaking company. They would have made the movement. Friedlander & Sons - Seattle, Washington was probably a private label that ordered the watch (or bare movement). It's possible that they were jewelers, or possibly made the case. The seventeen jewels and swiss means that the watch had seventeen jewels and was made in Switzerland. The jewels in this case can be thought of as bearings, either the pivot holes were jeweled or they were simply holes in the plates. The jeweling increased the accuracy and value (as well as manufacturers expense) and decreased the amount of friction the watch produced while runnung. Three adjustments means that the watch was adjusted for three timekeeping errors. The errors are due to position and temperature. The more adjustments made (up to eight), the better the watch kept time. The better watch grades had more adjustments, while lower grade watches had less (down to zero). It is possible that the case is platinum, and if it is the jewels may well be diamonds. The writing on the band just identifies the manufacturer (and location).

Sounds like you did a good thing to keep this watch from being thrown away. If you could post some pictures someone may be able to identify the movement and date the watch. If your interested in finding out more I would do a search on Friedlander & Sons - Seattle, Washington and assume they were jewelers. The "The Turtle Watch - Always Protected" was probably just the name of the watch model and an advertising gimmik.
 

BruceB

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Friedlander and Sons were/are indeed jewelers in Seattle. A quick check of the yellow pages shows two stores still open - one in Bellevue WA and another mall store in Tukwila WA. Perhaps one of the stores could tell you more about your watch.
 

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