Antique Frodsham: Please Help

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    Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Greetings,
    I recently was gifted a Frodsham pocket watch from a family member and i cant figure out its age or functions. It has a total of four "faces" but only two look like they tell time. Also, can someone tell me what the small sliding button on the side is for. Apparently the watch is rare because i can't find another like it anywhere on the Web. I don't want to break it but i also want to see if it works. Does the key that came with it turn all the springs in the back? Thank you for your help. Watch Out
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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Frodsham was a very well respected maker, and it sounds like you may have a very special watch. Unfortunately, your pictures are not showing up for me.
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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Same for me. From the looks of it, the system put all your three links into one big one so it fails.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Sounds like an expensive old repeater pocket watch that has extra complication functions
    I'm a watchbreaker not a watchmaker.

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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Thanks for the heads up on the pictures. Hopefully they can be seen by all now.

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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Hi Ben, I think i solved the picture problem.

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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Hi Watch out.

    You have an independant seconds watch, which also indicates two time Zones.

    This type of watch is driven by two 'main springs'.
    One spring drives the 'ordinary' time keeping train of gears, whilst the second spring
    drives the large seconds hand 'independant seconds train'.

    The winding holes to either side wind the two main springs whilst the bottom key hole
    will set the hands, the slide button will probably shift between main dials allowing both to be set.

    This watch and case, I'm fairly sure' is made in Switzerland and was most likely retailed by Frodsham
    C1870's.

    The movement (workings) will look similar to this one




    Your watch is indeed a rare item, we don't see watches like this in here too often.

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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    radger beat me to it and has fairly well said it all - nothing I can really add! A wonderful watch - lok after it well.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Antique Frodsham: Please Help

    Thank you so much for your response. It has cleared up many questions, Thanks again

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