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    Bought in Prague - a miracle from Lower Silesia

    Yesterday I was - pretty much by chance - in the lovely Czech capital city of Prague.
    Not the first time and definitely not the last, as I like Prague a lot.

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    I was on a short holiday to another lovely place in Czechia, the stunning old city od Cesky Krumlov (that's a story for another time), and I decided to go - before I return home - to Prague for one day.
    Partly because -like I said - I like Prague very much and partly because it was a great occasion to make an important appointment.


    Walking from the castle (Hradcany) towards the market square…

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    ...I took it left, passed by the Meisel's synagogue…

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    …to the Cinloter antique shop (not advertising, just part of the story ;) ).

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    In Prague there are many, many antique shops - bigger, smaller, less and more expensive - everyone will find one for themselves.
    Now I was headed for this particular one, because… like I said - I had an appointment.
    Some time ago I found - on their website - a specimen I was keen to aquire. I even thought about ordering it via e-mail, but my oncoming trip to Cesky Krumlov seemed like a wonderful occasion to revisit Prague and buy this watch myself - so much more exciting (not as exciting as a pure by-chance find, does not give this thrill, but still…)!

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    In a box - a watch…

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    You can see it's nicely decorated, but for now - that's pretty much it.
    I'll add it is a small (not 40mm) ladies watch.

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    The hands are too short - nice, but not original (a mod one can say ;) ).
    The case was described as 'base metal', and yes - it does not have any hallmarks.

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    Worn, but not worn-through, so it's not plated. Actually - as the cuvette actually IS plated - I think it might be silver, but... it's not that important.
    Now - on the cuvette...

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    ...a weird mix of German and French - Ancre 15 RUBINE Chronometer Unruhe.
    The Chronometer Unruhe is quite intriguing, so I'll just make it clear now - it only means bi-metallic ("chronometer" it is sometimes called in Europe) balance wheel.

    The way the markings are made and arranged, as well as the EAH case maker's mark on the back…

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    ...pretty much indicate the actual maker of the watch, which is confirmed on the movement plates:

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    Eppner No 5820 - early Laehn period, circa 1855.
    For those who don't know - Eppner was a watch and clockmaker, who started the - relatively famous - Eppner brand, making clocks (incl. large tower clocks) and watches (French and Swiss ebauches) between 1850 and 1945, first in the factory in Laehn (Wlen), later Silberberg (Srebrna Gora), both located in Lower Silesia (German Empire, later Weimar Republic and German Reich).

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    The movement is in good, running condition so (some would say 'thank God') I'm not going to disassemble it.
    I collect Eppner watches, but they are hard to come by and most you get are in terrible condition (you can find me struggling with one or two dead ones), so my collection of Eppners is neither big nor good, and now… this comes, finally!

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    Unlike it's terribly busted larger cousin, this small Eppner is superbly preserved, very nice and it was not expensive so… you know I have to be happy!

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    Just one final glimpse on Pragues market square and I'm off to my boring everyday life in Sosnowiec...
    It's just over 4 hours from me, Prague, so… I'm comming back again, for sure!
    Have a great day!!!

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    Re: Bought in Prague - a miracle from Lower Silesia

    Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing, Prague looks an amazing place. Congrats on the find
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    The beer is cheaper than soda there.
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    Yes, good beer everywhere!!!
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    Have a great day!!!

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    Re: Bought in Prague - a miracle from Lower Silesia

    Wonderful pictures! Prague is impressive.

    I'm adding one of mine, with astronomical clock tower :


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    Re: Bought in Prague - a miracle from Lower Silesia

    pmwas...Hello!

    What a nice Post...makes my day.

    I'm someone who has spent his entire life in one place, and never traveled abroad. For me, Prague is a place 'known' only VIA the movies I've seen it featured in...spy dramas, usually, highlighting expensive cars / good-looking people / International intrigue, and--yes!--a wonderful nightlife.

    That you'd be able to discover a very nice Old Watch in what looks to be a very snazzy, up-scale Antiques Shop, only lends to Prague's aura of Mystery.

    THANKS!

    Michael.
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    Re: Bought in Prague - a miracle from Lower Silesia

    Nice pics and nice watch

    Sosnowiec? Isn't that where the Three Emperors' Corner is?
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    Re: Bought in Prague - a miracle from Lower Silesia

    Always enjoy your posts and pictures. This is no exception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Nice pics and nice watch

    Sosnowiec? Isn't that where the Three Emperors' Corner is?
    Yes 🙂 that’s the one 🙂
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    Re: Bought in Prague - a miracle from Lower Silesia

    Wonderful story combining travel and watches. I'd love to have more of these on F11 We were only in Prague once and enjoyed it immensely, beer included, but our favorite hangout was here...

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    Tick Talk says, "A watch in the hand is worth two on the wrist"

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