Model 1894 tiny hand carved markings inside casing?

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Model 1894 tiny hand carved markings inside casing?

#1 Post by Daniel9913 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:46 pm

Grade 220, Model 1894. 15 Jewels. Est. year of production 1920 (according to pocketwatchdatabase.com via serial number search).
See the attached picture... tons of tiny, tiny numbers carved into lid of back casing. Is this meaningless? Someone really had to take the time to do so, and the numbers are very neatly engraved. Anyone have any idea what this is? I think there is a date also etched in there of 3/2?/30

If anyone has any information let me know. Thanks

PS:
I'm a complete amateur to this... spent $45 buying this hoping to make money off of it. Probably messed up! But hopefully I'll learn something here...

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Re: Model 1894 tiny hand carved markings inside casing?

#2 Post by timeliz » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:05 pm

Hi Daniel9913,

Those are watch repairer's marks. Looks like the majority of them were from the same person.
Your watch was well serviced over a 20-25 year period if it went in for service every 2-2 1/2 years.

Congrats!

Liz

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Re: Model 1894 tiny hand carved markings inside casing?

#3 Post by Daniel9913 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:24 am

Great piece of info! Thanks so much

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Re: Model 1894 tiny hand carved markings inside casing?

#4 Post by afire » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:30 am

An additional factoid about those marks is that there is no universal watchmaker code. It is likely that the only person who can decipher them is the one who wrote them.
Real men wear small watches.

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