Gold pocket watch bought in Dutch Indies
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    Gold pocket watch bought in Dutch Indies

    Hello,.
    My great-grandfather bought this 18 carat gold pocket watch in the former Dutch East Indies, today of course known as Indonesia. I think he must have bought it somewhere in the twenties or thirties. The text on the dial says 'Chronomètre Perla, A. Schönmann, Soerabaja'. I am guessing the first is the brand name, the second the jeweller's name. The third is a city in the former Dutch east Indies. Can anyone tell me something about this watch? I am a complete amateur in this still.. I included pictures of teh watch and its movement. Thanks!!Name:  20180223_080344.jpg
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    Re: Gold pocket watch bought in Dutch Indies

    Perla is the J. Straub company that will later be transformed into Alpina.







    J. Straub factory









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    Re: Gold pocket watch bought in Dutch Indies

    thanks, interesting! I cannot find the like button on this page but I do like your reply I may not be far off then with my estimate that he bought it in the twenties. Or does it look older to you?

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    Re: Gold pocket watch bought in Dutch Indies

    Quote Originally Posted by FromBrussells View Post
    thanks, interesting! I cannot find the like button on this page but I do like your reply I may not be far off then with my estimate that he bought it in the twenties. Or does it look older to you?
    I like your photos, and I wish that all new forum members did such a great job documenting their watches when asking questions. It's incredibly helpful.
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    Re: Gold pocket watch bought in Dutch Indies

    Maybe the caliber is the Alpina 2554 or similar
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