So, I was looking for trench watch straps on Vintage Watch Straps and I was reading through the tabs as there is a lot of interesting info there - the history of wrist watches for instance. I got to the tab on Borgel cases, and as I was reading it and thinking, pretty neat - early waterproof case, I'd like one of those, when I realised - hey I think I have one
I pulled it out of my project draw, and yep
I am sure this has happened to others...
Anyway, this is the watch a Borgel cased Baume-Longines pocket watch, and Longines kindly suppliied the following response to my query:
It is a pocket watch lepine in silver 935
It has been invoiced on 6th December 1916 to Messrs. Baume, who were our agents in Great Britain during many years
This model is equipped with a movement caliber 18.79, 15 jewels
Sadly the wonderful dial is very damaged. I have yet to find a replacement crown-wheel (although I did manage to buy one which didn't fit ) and I need to replace the staff. Case is good though.
Pull crown out to 1 position further than setting, unscrew,
Quite a nicely finished movement.
François Borgel "marque de fabrique". Interestingly this watch does not include import marks, yet it was invoiced to Messrs. Baume, in Great Britain. Case and movement numbers match - so it has not been replaced. Invoiced to the UK, continental delivery for WWI perhaps?
Anyway, I don't know when this one will be up and running again.