Help to know more about an old silver "Edward ---" pocket watch
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    Help to know more about an old silver "Edward ---" pocket watch

    Hello, I am truly impressed by all the info found here and got us digging, and found an old little pocket watch which we barely know much about, want to get my kid into the hobby too and hope we can get some help here to find out more about the history of this watch and should we try to get it back up and running again. Look forward to hear from members here. Thank you.

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    Re: Help to know more about an old silver "Edward ---" pocket watch

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    Re: Help to know more about an old silver "Edward ---" pocket watch

    Hi there. That'd be a pin-set pocket watch with a reasonably good movement (better than many) and a military dial. It's missing the crown, stem, and bow. Luckily, it still has the crystal, which is especially important as the hands are filled with radium paint, and the dial likely used to be painted with the same material.

    It looks pretty shot, but a lot depends on whether or not it runs (that'd be nice) or, if not, whether the balance staff is intact. You'd determine that by blowing on the movement or shaking it gently and seeing if that wheel with a bunch of pegs sticking out of it moves freely. From the look of things, I bet it doesn't. Having a new balance staff installed would easily eclipse the ultimate value of the watch, perhaps by a lot, and to do it yourself would require a lathe and a lot of know-how.

    However, if you're super excited about horology, perhaps it's worth doing! You'd probably want to put this one aside and get a few others that are in better shape to dismantle and clean.

    Further, and this is important as you mention your "kid" -- the radium paint on the hands is radioactive, and you need to be very careful with it. Opinions vary, but if you do choose to work on this watch, you should at least wear a mask and gloves when exposing/handling the dial and hands, work on a surface that's easy to clean (ideally on something disposable like a few layers of paper) and thoroughly clean everything that comes in contact with areas of the watch potentially contaminated by radium dust. All this said, it might be a better idea to work on watches without lume (radioactive paint) until you know more about what you're doing.
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    Re: Help to know more about an old silver "Edward ---" pocket watch

    Treat Radium Lume like it is a deadly poison... because it is.
    "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 to know more about an old silver "Edward ---" pocket watch

    Just to add that the London hallmark is for 1914.


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