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    help ID this vintage stop watch

    Hey guys! I picked this up for a song and a dance a while back at a garage sale. It "feels" like it winds, but does not run. My local watch maker quoted me upwards of $400 to repair a broken mainspring, so it's just been sitting in a draw. Any ideas on what it might be? Right now it's just kind of a showpiece but it would be great to get it working again. I found a little bit of info on the Arthur Thomas Co and they apparently sold high precision scientific equipment out of Philly in the early 1900s. Cosmetically it's in great shape with an incredibly clean crystal (replacement?) and crisp dial. Hands look to be blued steel.

    Thanks!

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    It certainly looks like a nice timepiece with some potential; however, getting parts for it could be difficult. Although it bears the name of the vendor (not maker) on the dial, it is obviously Swiss. I thought that "AXT" might be a US import code (used for movements made overseas but then imported into the US and cased there) but this should be on the movement and, in addition, I can find no reference to that code. So, ultimately, the whole stop watch may be Swiss and imported as you see it there. If you can post a picture of the movement, it might be possibly to identify the maker.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    Phew! Thanks for the reply Hartmut!

    I will definitely see if I can get into the movement. Any thoughts on the "J. Jaquet" stamping?

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    No, 'fraid not. If you search for "Jaquet" in Mikrolisk, you get several entries relating to "Jaquet & Girard" from Biel, plus one for Jaquet Droz (the most famous - resurrected - modern make with that name). No J. Jaquet, though.....

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    Finally got pictures of the movement! Any ID help would be great. Mainly I'm curious if this is at all significant and worth putting some money into to restore or if just junk draw material...

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    Here's a higher res version of the second photo...

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    Also, I just found this from a few months ago here on WUS...

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/old...id-792659.html

    Interesting.

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    For something to have value in an economic sense there have to be a number of people who will compete to buy the something. Outside of some dashboard Heuers, there are few stopwatch collectors. So the answer is no, it is not worth it if you intend to resell it. If YOU want a working one for your own collection then.... wait a minute. You should be able to answer that question yourself...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: help ID this vintage stop watch

    Hi and welcome.
    Its a very fine piece
    If it was mine I would want it services.

    I wonder if J Jaquet is the British Seller? Reason Ltd = 'a limited company' - I think only Ltd abbreviation is used for UK? Other companies (cause of the language have a different set of letters)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_company

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