I have inherited and old 14K gold hunter case pocket watch, manual wind, from the 1890s.
The movement was beyond repair, but the case is really nice. The movement is just smaller than 32mm, so I figure it is 14 ligne. Could also be 13 1/2 ligne. The movement fit perfectly in the case. I have done som searching, and can't seem to find any good 14 ligne swiss movements to replace it.
Is it possible to use a smaller movement? If so, do i need some sort of «filling» in the gap between the movement and the case? Or will a correct sized dial be enough to keep the movement in place? Appreciate any help I can get.
While I'm at it, I might as well try to identify the watch. I have no idea what brand it is. The movement had no inscriptions or tells whatsoever.
What I do know, though, is this:
On the inside of both case lids are:
* The 0,585 mark (gold).
* On either side of the gold mark there is one really small symbol which I can't make anything of.
* Some sort of logo on the down-right side of 0,585 - a profile of what seems like a dog's head and the initials «JS».
* Another logo on the down-left side of 0,585 - it looks like a chef's hat or a king's crown or something.
So far the inside of both case lids are identical. But then:
* On the back case lid, downwards from 0,585, is the number 87154.
* On the back case lid, by the edge and hand-carved, are the numbers R17720 (the R might be a K or P, but I think it's R).
* But on the front case lid, downwards from 0,585, is only the number 54.
And then there's the lid between the case back and the movement.
* On the inside of this, there is the word «METAL» and the number 87154.
* On the down-left side on this lid, the letters «JL» seems to be engraved.
* And finally, to the left by the edge, carved by hand it seems, is the number «1139A».
Does anyone know anything about this?