1946 Ahrens Luzern Pocket Watch
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    1946 Ahrens Luzern Pocket Watch

    Howdy!

    My grandfather passed away a few months ago and my grandmother bestowed upon me his favorite pocket watch. I've been trying to research it ever since then and can't find a lot of information about it or what it's worth so I figured I would try here. Any help would be appreciated!

    1946 Ahrens Luzern - Album on Imgur

    The markings in the corner on the back seem to be AF RS.

    Thanks!

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    Re: 1946 Ahrens Luzern Pocket Watch

    Hi,

    I doubt You will find many info about it. Looks like some jeweler/watchmaker took wristwatch movement(smth from FHF family) and put it in a pocket watch case and put his name on a dial
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    Re: 1946 Ahrens Luzern Pocket Watch

    Hi and welcome
    As correctly stated the name is that of the retailer
    What is not stated its a very nice timepiece and one that would look great in any collection + to you it has sentimental value.

    Buy a nice chain and wear it and enjoy

    Thanks for posting it
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    Re: 1946 Ahrens Luzern Pocket Watch

    Welcome to the Vintage/PW forum. I think the movement is more likely by Fleurier (FEF) than Fontainemelon (FHF) - on the basis of the exact position of screws, gears, click and shape of balance cock, I would favour this one here or a closely related movement (with a different bridge layout):

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: FEF 100

    No matter - it is almost certainly a generic movement cased by a small watchmaker. I can find little on G. Ahrens, only that the company existed from 1944-1965. Before that, there was an Otto Ahrens in Luzern, existing from 1903-1944 so it sounds like the son took over from the father. Probably a small watchmaker/jeweller who made his own collection by buying the parts and putting them together. The skeletal style of the watch is a little unusual but not unique: Roamer made something early this milennium as a wrist watch, using first an Adolf Schild (Cal. 1727) and later an FHF movement (Cal. 138.011):

    [Reserviert] Roamer Competence Original Typ II - UhrForum

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    Re: 1946 Ahrens Luzern Pocket Watch

    In my country we call this design a "coctail watch". It looks nice, don't count the seconds and perfect for a nice party evening in a fine outfit. It tells a bid about your grandfather. Maybe you organize a nice 70/80 years party in remembering of him with your friends and your generation. I'm sure you'll have fun.
    We don't do valutions here as the other explained but its not a high valuble collectors ithem even if it will find friends. I guess there is no reason to sell this nice sympatic heirloom for a amound which doesn't change anything for you if your Grandfather was a loveable person you like to remember some times.

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