Bailey Banks & Biddle Philadelphia Waltham 1899

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Bailey Banks & Biddle Philadelphia Waltham 1899

#1 Post by stryfox » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:52 pm

Looking for some information on this one.
Bailey Banks & Biddle Is a well know Philadelphia jewelry shop.
I am in the Philadelphia area so no surprise it turned up locally.
Anyone have any experience with this?
Is it extra rare or valuable? Like a Tiffany?
Looks to be a quality movement but being an elgin guy I'm not sure of the desire ability of this movement.
Looking for input.
Thanks
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Re: Bailey Banks & Biddle Philadelphia Waltham 1899

#2 Post by stryfox » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:29 pm

Ok. I got this beautiful movement up and running.
It appears to have been recased. It is a hunter movement in an open case. It is also in a gold filled case.
I think it may be practical to assume it may have originally been in a solid gold hunter cas as baiey banks and biddle was a high end jewelry store.
Anyone have an appropriate size 16 hunter case to sell in silver?
I doubt I'll ever find or afford a gold one.
Maybe a gold filled Philadelphia watch case company case?
Might be fitting.
Any input or ideas?
Thanks
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Re: Bailey Banks & Biddle Philadelphia Waltham 1899

#3 Post by stryfox » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:32 pm

Here is the case it was in.
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Re: Bailey Banks & Biddle Philadelphia Waltham 1899

#4 Post by stryfox » Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:57 pm

Well here it is cleaned up , serviced, new crystal and some hands.
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Re: Bailey Banks & Biddle Philadelphia Waltham 1899

#5 Post by 441victor » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:47 pm

Love that exploding numeral dial. I suspect you are correct about the case. A movement that nice deserves gold but as the French say "Il faut manger." Joel

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