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 Post subject: Please help me ID my great grand father's pocket watch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:42 pm 
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Hi guys, I'm hoping someone is able to help me identifying the make and movement model of this pocket watch. I've been googling for hours, but couldn't find the exact movement. I think it is a Swiss circa 1850 - 1870s perhaps? The case is gold, but I couldn't work out the writing. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me ID my great grand father's pocket watch
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:17 am 
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Hi,

Your watch is Swiss and approximately from the time period you stated. It features an independent seconds complication which makes it somewhat rare.

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me ID my great grand father's pocket watch
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:55 pm 
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Additionally, the engraving on the cuvee translates to: Independent seconds, lever escapement, 26 jewels, compensated balance. With no signatures it's going to be difficult to track down the ebauche maker and finisher.

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 Post subject: Re: Please help me ID my great grand father's pocket watch
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:44 pm 
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Thanks William! This is really helpful.
I can see some additional marking on the movement, so going to try to take a closer shot at it.
Do you have any idea about the rough average cost of restoring a vintage watch such as this? The watch is currently not functioning.


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me ID my great grand father's pocket watch
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:01 pm 
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Very interesting piece. Looks gold, any assay marks on inside of case.
Also I am curious what the third winding screw is for??

Thanks for sharing
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 Post subject: Re: Please help me ID my great grand father's pocket watch
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:18 pm 
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I manage to find an expired ebay listing with a movement looking very similar. Is there a good chance the movement is by the same maker - in this case, Dubois?

The listing has the title - TWO TRAINS - DUBOIS BANDELIER - INDEPENDENT JUMPS SECONDS


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 Post subject: Re: Please help me ID my great grand father's pocket watch
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:25 pm 
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Very cool indeed, and I suspect quite a rare piece!

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