Bonheur sidewinder watch

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    Bonheur sidewinder watch

    Hello everyone! Glad I found a place that specializes in watches. I didn't think there be such a big community around these things.

    I'm trying to find out some information about a watch I had a received for my birthday. I don't know much about it and I having a hard time finding some information about it. Who made it, what it's worth, is it worth restoring, where and when it was made. I showed a coworker and the office and he suggested that I keep it in it's current condition as it would be more valuable the older it gets. Not sure what to do here, never actually owned a watch before, haha. It says the name Bonheur under the 12. I've included a few pictures below.

    Thanks in advance for any advice and information! Anything you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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    Member Marrick's Avatar
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    Re: Bonheur sidewinder watch

    Hi and welcome.

    That looks interesting. I'm not a pocket watch collector, but those that know a lot would be able to tell you a lot more if they could see the movement - the mechanism - inside the watch. Pocket watches are often quite easy to open. See: OPENING A VINTAGE WRISTWATCH OR POCKET WATCH CASE
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Bonheur sidewinder watch

    That's quite a watch.

    It's not a sidewinder. It's a conventional open-faced pocketwatch, with the crown at 12 o'clock.

    It's pin-set. You press down the pin and turn the crown to set the time. But I think you already know that.

    Looks like a threaded caseback. You unscrew it to get inside.

    We don't do valuations here for reasons explained in stickies.

    Age has almost no baring on value. Just because it's 100 years old doesn't mean squat.
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

    - Sherlock Holmes.

    'The Yellow Face'.

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    Re: Bonheur sidewinder watch

    Most I have seen are 15 Jewel swiss movements, these were popular around 1900-1915 then faded out..Here is a tidbit that might help your research...
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    Re: Bonheur sidewinder watch

    Bonheur was a trademark of Degoumois, Ernest of St. Imier , Switzerland
    In 1898 Ernest Degoumois received Swiss Patent 16598 for a thin watch with a visible balance.
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