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    2 jewel antique French?

    What kind of junk is this? Bought and sold for $100. Runs, did not check movement design.
    Age? Where from?
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    Re: 2 jewel antique French?

    looks pretty awesome to me! Pretty old movement, I'd guess late 1700's - early 1800's

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    Re: 2 jewel antique French?

    What do the pillars look like? The balance bridge design was common around the 1700's. The use of functional jewels was first patented around 1704, so it could predate that...
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    Re: 2 jewel antique French?

    This is going to be interesting The jewels are non-functional? I wonder where it is from?? ...

    Nice that it runs. I suspect the non-runners that are ever restored to running is fairly small. But the runners hang around
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    Re: 2 jewel antique French?

    Don't know what to make of that with the large 'jewels' set into the plate, decoration
    perhaps. Maybe the stones are a hidden motif which had significance in those far flung days.

    The watch, IMO is continental Verge Circa 1800, very reminiscent of Swiss verges of that period,
    with regulator below balance cock which has lost its indicator arm.

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    Re: 2 jewel antique French?

    Quote Originally Posted by pej View Post
    looks pretty awesome to me! Pretty old movement, I'd guess late 1700's - early 1800's
    I just don't understand why you would think this was junk? It looks fascinating. How well does it run? Why two winding stems? I'll bet its worth a bit more then $100.
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    Re: 2 jewel antique French?

    The buyer I sold it to could not make any money with it at $100 Thats why I call it junk. It is only one I have seen with 2 dummy rubies for decoration in movement. Thats why I call it 2 jewel, Completely without visible marking. Actually nice dial and functional. Radger seems to have it right as early Swiss verge missing regulator indicator which uses the winding key to adjust. Probably a $100. value antique novelty.

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    Re: 2 jewel antique French?

    Quote Originally Posted by artb View Post
    The buyer I sold it to could not make any money with it at $100 Thats why I call it junk. It is only one I have seen with 2 dummy rubies for decoration in movement. Thats why I call it 2 jewel, Completely without visible marking. Actually nice dial and functional. Radger seems to have it right as early Swiss verge missing regulator indicator which uses the winding key to adjust. Probably a $100. value antique novelty.
    This should be put on the thread about 'what makes a watch valuable... or not..."
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