I usually don't go for pocket watches but I really liked this watch (a nice arrow/leaf on the side of the watch is what drew me in :S) which I picked up at a local flea market today. Knowing my previous troubles in authenticating things I'd like to check here if I got a"deal" or a "douche" for future refrences. I know what I paid for it isn't a lot but I know pocket watches don't sell for a lot :D
It is a Elco 17 Jewel Incabloc pocket watch apart from that here are the pics I've tried to catch every angle the movement looks to be in good condition/regularly serviced. I'll most likely go to my local AD and have him check her out but I want a opinion from the forum here before hand :D.
From what I can see it looks to be a 2 tone, (if in fact there is gold thats filled/plated or solid gold but I don't see any markings on her to indicate as such on the caseback itself. It looks to have a bit of "copper" Color (that could be just something that is tarnished?) I can only see 5 jewels and it says 17 but I'm assuming that the others are "closed" since the majority of the movement looks to be housed in a pretty solid construction.
From my research I've been able to come up with the movement Elco used L190 is consistant with the marking on the movement in my watch. The markings on the caseback also co-incide with the company "Keystone" that cased some of Elco's products.
I appreciate any help you can give me in seeing if I picked up a fake or the real thing if it is real would someone be knowledgable enough to know the year of this watch?
I've found this site and its helped a lot in getting info. on the watch, but I wanted to post here since this is one of my fav. watch sites first :D
Keystone Watch Case Co. - National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Message Board
via this article it is:
Rolled Gold Plate, guaranteed for 10 years, a grade obtained from H. Muhr's Sons via the Philadelphia Watch Case Co.
due to the Victory insignia? Rolled Gold is similar to Gold Plate?
Anyway down to the pics:
#2 Zoomed (I'll try to get a better pic. later I didn't realise it was this bad till I actually uploaded it: