Help Identifying Grandfather's Pocket Watch Please
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    Help Identifying Grandfather's Pocket Watch Please

    Hi there,
    This was my grandfather's watch & I unfortunately have no information on it; he was from Bedford, UK if that helps, but I don't know the origins of the watch. The case is 53mm wide & 65mm tall (not including the ring). The only markings I have seen on it are on the crown (a crown & '18' stamp) & on the inside of the back of the case ('F.T' , 'u' , '18' , '407') as shown in the pictures. Also behind the front face there appears to be a 'JJW' mark below what seems to be a half moon, then lower there is a mark that has partially faded as well as '18' & what I think is an image of a crown though it may not be. I've had a look online but I could not find many answers so any information at all would be really helpful.

    Cheers for the help,
    Richard
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    Re: Help Identifying Grandfather's Pocket Watch Please

    RichardJames...Hello! Say: if you take a fingernail and push lightly on the hooked-end of the long, blue curved piece of steel on the inner cover, it will slide a bit, then stop. Then, lifting straight up, the cover may be removed...Voila: the Movement becomes visible, and, after Posting a few images, you will know about all there is to know!

    It certainly looks late 1800's, and seems 18K Gold. The "Date Letter Mark" looks quite a bit like London, 1875, but I cannot see the "Assay Office", so this is just a guess...!

    Michael.
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    Re: Help Identifying Grandfather's Pocket Watch Please

    Michael,
    thank you very much for the info, I have managed to do that, it appears to be from Will Willoughby of 27 High Street Windsor, serial number: 17938. I couldn't find too much information on him though other than one previous watch for sale that suggests he was a watchmaker to Queen Victoria in 1873.

    Here are the images & thanks again for your help,
    Richard

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    Re: Help Identifying Grandfather's Pocket Watch Please

    RichardJames...thanks for the photos...a nice-quality movement!

    If you do not receive comments @ this watch's history here, I respectfully suggest that you Post the info at the "NAWCC" web site...there are folks there who know ( just about...!) ALL there is to know about European watches.

    Between here and there, I'm sure you'll find out all you want to know. Michael.

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    Re: Help Identifying Grandfather's Pocket Watch Please

    I did not find any news about this watchmaker, except that he was in business in 1861/77. the movement has been built in Coventry area . casemaker F.T was recorded by Frederick Trahern Clifton Villa Allesley Old Road Coventry. but strange that F.T (dot slightly above the bottom of letters) was from 1889.
    regards enrico
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