Excelsior Ottoman Pocket Watch

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    Excelsior Ottoman Pocket Watch

    Although I have a few Ottoman pocket watches I have never heard about the brand Excelsior. Movement looks like Billodes but it doesn't have the script Billodes on it. This one is another one that I have no info at all. Brass case with a scenery. Enamel dial. That's all I know.
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    Re: Excelsior Ottoman Pocket Watch

    I wouldn't necessarily say that the movement looks like a Billodes - in those days, movements looked vaguely similar and it might have been made by any of a number of makers. It is obviously a high-class movement (or a high-class version of an ordinary movement): it has a lever escapement and all the wheels that have jewels are capped. The precise age? Difficult to say - it is again key set and wound and this style was well outdated by 1900. The most likely period is around 1830-1870, at least for the movement (sometimes, old stock movements were used up in watches made rather later) but it could have been anything up to around 1890. 19th century pocket watch experts may correct these figures a little. The style is the so-called Swiss Le Locle bridge style so it ought to be a Swiss movement.

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    Re: Excelsior Ottoman Pocket Watch

    This one we can date for sure from the case hallmark. I think Excelsior may be the name of the case, rather than the watch. The hallmarks date the case - and probably the watch - to 1865.

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