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    Details about this pocket watch

    This (seemingly) antique pocket watch belonged to an Indian soldier fighting for the British during the war. I'm looking for any information I can find about this watch. I'm especially interested in the letters beneath 'Soldiers Watch' I've seen other watches with 'A1' in this area.

    This watch has 17 jewels inside and that's the only thing that is inscribed inside the back cover.

    It still works and keeps perfect time

    Any information about this watch would be much appreciated.

    Cheers.
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    Re: Details about this pocket watch

    Hi,

    What war are you refering?
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    Re: Details about this pocket watch

    Welcome to Watchuseek! Mikrolisk lists a "Soldier Watch" as a brand but not a "Soldiers Watch". Ultimately, the watch is an entirely modern contraption, with a cheap chinese movement and almost certainly intended to deceive. Even leaving that aside, without lume, with a wrist watch movement inside a large pocket watch, this would never be (or have been) used for military action!

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: China 2650

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    Re: Details about this pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Steveevans1 View Post
    This (seemingly) antique pocket watch belonged to an Indian soldier fighting for the British during the war...
    Where did you get this 'information'?

    As mentioned, the Chinese Tongji movement (entered production in the early 1970s and still widely made) is not appropriate for any kind of vintage pocket watch, and the dial is only suitable for a watch with centre second hand (like a wristwatch movement)or no second hand at all (hardly suitable for a soldier's watch). Therefore the dial was made for the modern movement and the aging has been faked.

    I agree with Hartmut; "almost certainly intended to deceive".
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    Re: Details about this pocket watch

    Steveevans1...Hello!

    It's never any fun to discover that someone has misled you, but it shouldn't diminish your interest in watches.

    I've been around watches for many years now--and seen & worked on quite a few--yet, I still encounter watches that LOOK 'real', but that are not...and it can be surprisingly challenging to see just what some Weasel (!) has done, to make it look authentic, when it's not!

    So: 'Be Ye of Good Cheer' / keep looking / keep learning / GOOD LUCK next time!

    Michael.
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    Thanks to all for replying, it's relieving to know that it's not a genuine product. I had my doubts, but was told it was used during the war. It seems the industry is filled with imitation pieces like this, so I'm not so surprised.

    Still wonderful to look at, fake as it may be. I've always loved looking at the mechanics of clocks and watches whether fake or genuine. This is an interest that won't leave me soon.

    Thanks to all of you for imparting your knowledge to me. You've helped clear up a lot of doubt that I've had.
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