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Help with any information please

#1 Post by lebelk51 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:55 am

Hello and good day,
Got this little guy in a box of mixed watch parts. No brand anywhere to be found. My question is this, I know it's not a pocket watch but it has double hinges that open on the top and bottom is this an early "watch" or is there a more technical term for it? Any info would be great I've tired myself to the bone researching it. Thank you!!
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#2 Post by Magpie » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:35 am

Welcome to the forum!

Actually, your watch IS a pocket watch, though of a special kind. It's a ladies' watch of a type called a Convertible, since it could be worn several different ways. As a pocket watch it could be attached to a chain and worn around the neck, or it could be attached to a watch pin and worn like a brooch. It could also be worn as a wristwatch by attaching a watch bracelet to the small loops on the case. Such watches were often sold along with one or more bracelet attachments in boxes designed to accommodate both the watch and bracelet(s). I'll post a picture of one later, in case you'd like to see it.

Convertible watches were very popular and widely advertised. Most that I'm acquainted with had generic cases, not marked for a particular watch company. A buyer could thus choose a case and have the jeweler install a movement (and dial) of whatever company she preferred (Illinois, Elgin, Waltham, etc.).

I suspect the Swiss movement in your watch is likely original to that 14K case, since there's a squirrel hallmark to the left of the 14K mark, and I know the squirrel is s Swiss mark. (Other members of the forum can perhaps identify other marks on the case.)

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#3 Post by lebelk51 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:27 pm

Wow! Thanks so much for welcoming me and answering so quickly. So, it is a pocket watch ok that helps a lot. Interesting. I have a lot to learn about Swiss time pieces. In my spare time of working 2 jobs I love to tinker around with watches, clocks, ect. My interest is gaining my eyesight is not. I also found a Hamilton in the same box of pieces that looks interesting too. And an old Rolex bracelet that I about passed out when I saw the crown. Funny thing is I bought the whole box at auction with the interest of the old Boy Scout stuff inside. This is going to be fun. If you don't mind when you have time ( joke there :) could you send pics of the one you were talking about? Thanks again. Glad I joined.

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#4 Post by lebelk51 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:44 pm

I forgot to post this pic with the other ones. After my looking and looking this one is so similar in appearance almost identical really, the other is Longines and clearly marked. Could this be Longines just not marked??
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#5 Post by afire » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:16 pm

The crown in a circle is a German import mark. If you can make out the three numbers in the hammer, that might tell us who the case maker was.
Real men wear small watches.

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#6 Post by lebelk51 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:42 pm

The numbers inside the hammer are 163. so??

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#7 Post by lebelk51 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:48 pm

Sorry the number inside the hammer is 136 not 163

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#8 Post by afire » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:58 pm

136 = C.R. Spillmann. That's all I have. That's just the case maker.
Real men wear small watches.

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