Advice on IWC pocket watch

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    Advice on IWC pocket watch

    I need some advice please.
    Over the weekend I met a friend that just came back from a visit to Switzerland. Her father was a watchmaker and died last year. She came back with a whole box of pocket watches. Some are in a good condition, some are reasonable and some are junkers. There are several in different stages of repair including this IWC.
    It has been taken apart but all the bits are there except the glass and one hand.
    The watch looks like decent quality with gold chatons holding the jewels.
    Is it worthwhile having this watch repaired by a watchmaker? I do take watches apart and get some going again but I'm shying away from tackling this one.
    What sort of money could I expect to fork out for a repair?
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    The serial number on the movement is 282566 with an R under the number. What does this R stand for?
    Also what caliber movement is this?
    I believe that the watch is from around 1903-5

    Thank you for your advise.
    Kurt
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    Re: Advice on IWC pocket watch

    Wow, it's beautiful!...Or at least the case and dial are beautiful. If it's possible to resurrect it, I think you should. It looks like a fine watch that is worth the effort.
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    Re: Advice on IWC pocket watch

    wow. that is friggin gorgeous. and what a shame that minute hand is broken-I'll bet they are 14k hands as well. I dont see how you could go wrong fixing this up. The gold hand may cost a bit but I'll bet any decent watchmaker could put humpty back together again. with the 14k case and minty dial-even if it cost a couple hundred you'd have a stunning pw to hold/wear/stare at. good luck with it.why dont I have any friends with swiss watchmaker relatives?
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    Re: Advice on IWC pocket watch

    +1

    I also support throwing money at it until its fixed

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    Re: Advice on IWC pocket watch

    Which calibre? In these old pocket watches, the exact calibre designation often depends on the exact size. The closest I could come up with in Ranfft is the Cal. 52 20''' (twenty lignes, i.e. around 45mm calibre):

    bidfun-db IWC_52_20: IWC 52 20'''

    Most of the other IWC PW calibres are mirror images of that one, i.e. the balance and escapement wheel cocks change places.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Advice on IWC pocket watch

    Thank you all for your reply.
    The diametre of the movement is about 42mm.
    Kurt

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