Anyone ever seen this GF Sidney unusual swing out watch?

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Anyone ever seen this GF Sidney unusual swing out watch?

#1 Post by tipton444 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:35 am

Hello all,

I came across a watch I've never seen before, and can't seem to find any information on it. I'm wondering if anyone know's about it or has seen one before. It's got a very unusual rolled gold plated case that swings back and forth, and a nice early dial with the sub seconds hand on the left. Unfortunately the band is completely busted up but that can be replaced, and the dial has seen better days. The RGP case is actually in great condition it's just tarnished. It's not currently working and missing the crown but it would definitely be a nice project for someone. Sidney seems to make some pretty collectible old watches, would this be one of them?
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Re: Anyone ever seen this GF Sidney unusual swing out watch?

#2 Post by Mugea » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:48 am

Most interesting design! No, I haven’t seen it before, but maybe you don’t know yet the Patent No. 2,229,978 of Herbert I. Kolberg, Mount Vernon, N.Y.:
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The case bears the mark of Pioneer Watch Case Co., Inc., Mount Vernon, N.Y. – so I assume, Herbert was an employee of Pioneer.

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Re: Anyone ever seen this GF Sidney unusual swing out watch?

#3 Post by tipton444 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:00 am

Ah! Very cool! I did not know that, thanks for posting the picture! That is very helpful :)

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#4 Post by Mugea » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:11 am

You’re welcome!

My advice: below the second image is a link to the full Patent in pdf format. Click on the link and save the patent to your computer.

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Re: Anyone ever seen this GF Sidney unusual swing out watch?

#5 Post by retroworx » Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:08 am

This style of case (and some variations of it) is often referred to as "horseshoe" and was used by several watch companies.

Here, for example, is a listing for a Clinton "horseshoe" watch on eBay:


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-CLINTON-L ... Sw9N1Vthv3
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Re: Anyone ever seen this GF Sidney unusual swing out watch?

#6 Post by tipton444 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:22 am

Amazing! I've never seen the design before, It's nice to see that other companies did it as well. Thank you both so much for your help!!

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