I was looking through my pocket watch collection yesterday, picking out the less desirable specimens that might be eBay listing candidates, when I noticed a pocket watch I had purchased a while ago...a Columbus railroad pocket watch with a painted locomotive on the dial.
Even though I have a small antique pocket watch collection and enjoy looking at the movements every now and then, their inner working are still pretty much a mystery to me.
Anyway, I would very much appreciate finding out more about the watch.
1) Does the dial look original or restored?
I'm not exactly a weakling, but the only way I can pull up the crown to set and wind the watch is by carefully prying it up with the assistance of some type of dull edged prying tool. Even so, it still requires quite a bit of force. But once the crown is up, the watch sets and winds very well.
2) Is the crown issue serious?
3) The watch has two (or is it three?) back covers. One of the inner case backs has 14k engraved. This is the only place on the watch that 14k appears. Does that mean the entire watch is solid 14k gold?
4) It runs very well, is quite accurate, and is in nice condition. Should I get it serviced?
I would like to offer my advance thanks to everyone offering answers to my questions, and of course for any suggestions or advice. It will be very much appreciated.