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    Help with Identification

    Hello I am new to this forum and need help with any information anyone can provide on a watch that i received while deployed to iraq last year. the watch is an open face key wind with ancre 15 rubis marked on it. it has a serial number on the inside of the case and on the inside of the dust cover. I had it serviced and it runs very well and keeps excellent time but I would like to know more about it. I am posting pictures in hopes that this will help identify it. thanks in advance
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    Finger bridges like this are a common 19th century Swiss arrangement. 15 jewels makes it a high grade movement. Unfortunately Swiss watches of this vintage are often pretty generic. Others may know more.
    "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 with Identification

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Finger bridges like this are a common 19th century Swiss arrangement. 15 jewels makes it a high grade movement. Unfortunately Swiss watches of this vintage are often pretty generic. Others may know more.
    Thanks for the information, really trying to get an stinated date range...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethompson View Post
    Thanks for the information, really trying to get an stinated date range...
    Stinated??

    Glad to read that it is running and being used. It looks like late a 19th maybe very early 20th century swiss watch with a key wind key set movement. The inner cover appears inscribed - does it have any useful information? Is the case marked for gold content - .58, .75, rolled gold, etc? Does it have a case maker name?

    Swiss watch companies made unbranded watches for jewelers to rename as their house brand.

    I have read that the Ancre description on a movement refers to the movement being a swiss lever design. I'm not sure I completely buy that description since ancre translates to anchor.
    Last edited by John MS; October 11th, 2010 at 15:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Stinated??

    Glad to read that it is running and being used. It looks like late a 19th maybe very early 20th century swiss watch with a key wind key set movement. The inner cover appears inscribed - does it have any useful information? Is the case marked for gold content - .58, .75, rolled gold, etc? Does it have a case maker name?

    Swiss watch companies made unbranded watches for jewelers to rename as their house brand.

    I have read that the Ancre description on a movement refers to the movement being a swiss lever design. I'm not sure I completely buy that description since ancre translates to anchor.
    Thank you, yea I was trying to say estimated date: there are no other markings on the watch excpet a V/R on the movement that I was told refers to Fast and slow. The case has a serial number on the inside with the same serial number on the inner case. The inscription says" 15 Rubis Ancre". Thank you

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