Hello to you all,
I am new to this forum but not so new to vintage timepieces. I have many, some plain jane and some worthy of a show.
I have always liked the underdog movements, the strange and hard to determine the who and when.
I just recently stumbled across a movement in an old Waltham case that may be some sort of automobile case, just not sure. The movement looks to be a Swiss fake but this one has me stumped.
It reads E. Droz...Switzerland, funky ornate looking plates,(full plate) and appears to be a private label watch because both the bridge plate and the dial have the same name (Mr. Hall). It is stamped 7 jewels(perhaps they forget to add the (1) to make it a fantastic swiss fake?) but I see at least 4 on the top plate then add the balance and pallet, it just simply adds up to more than 7. I have yet to remove the dial to see if any are underneath it. The Droz name is infamous to Swiss wrist watch history, but seeing it on a pocket watch threw me. I have another swiss fake("highly jeweled") and it runs well enough for what it is, this one seems to be doing well but I have yet to tare it down, mostly out of fear of what I may find. Might be best to simply oil the pivits for now and leave it alone.
The gilding is mostly worn off the plates, indicative of a swiss fake. It is an 18s, ls and not sure as to what stem it has in it, be it a reverse stem or what. I am reluctant to remove the case screws at this point. Aint broke, don't fix it comes to mind.....or Murphy's law knocking here.
I saw it and had to have it because I just love a mystery. I wound it and it took off after the third wind which is surprising because it has been sitting for some time as reported by the seller. I have read some in Droz&Cie...etc... but nothing on E. Droz.
Just wondering if anybody has heard of a such an odd duck?
Will try to get some pictures up when I figure out how to.