Identifying Vintage Watch

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    Identifying Vintage Watch

    A friend gave me a Jean Cardot pocket watch for identification. Under 12:00
    has picture of a crown, then name of watch, and a small picture of a locomotive. It is an open face watch with a large locomotive on the back indicating that is some kind of railroad watch. Does anyone know anything about this watch or its manufacturer? Google search only discloses that Jean
    Cardot was a French sculptor. Thank you.

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    Re: Identifying Vintage Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by mozart3100 View Post
    A friend gave me a Jean Cardot pocket watch for identification. Under 12:00
    has picture of a crown, then name of watch, and a small picture of a locomotive. It is an open face watch with a large locomotive on the back indicating that is some kind of railroad watch. Does anyone know anything about this watch or its manufacturer? Google search only discloses that Jean
    Cardot was a French sculptor. Thank you.
    I know nothing about pocket watches, and have never heard of Jean Cardot, but this one is a lot like yours sounds:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Jean-Cardot-Rail...QQcmdZViewItem

    It fetched $26 on ebay in excellent condition.

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    Re: Identifying Vintage Watch

    I believe Jean Cardot may have been a French watch brand. Certainly a pocket watch like this would not have been considered railroad grade in North America. If it's like the eBay watch I'd estimate it's from the late 1940s-early 1950s.

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    Re: Identifying Vintage Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    I know nothing about pocket watches, and have never heard of Jean Cardot, but this one is a lot like yours sounds:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Jean-Cardot-Rail...QQcmdZViewItem

    It fetched $26 on ebay in excellent condition.
    As I suspected from mozart3100's initial description (a large locomotive on the back), this is a late-model Molnija from Chelyabinsk in Western Siberia. It has the non-shockproof calibre 3602 in the open-face case usually known as 'Serkisoff'.

    The 'Jean Cardot' dial is just a 'private label'. My own Molnija came in a box bearing the the advertisement (in Russian): "Your logo on our watch!"

    Incidentally, that type of 4-8-2 locomotive has recently resumed service on the Trans-Siberian Express.

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    Thanks for the detective work Chas. Didn't think of a Russian movement.

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