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    Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    Brand seems to be "Ladura"--can't find anything on this? Not sure how to take it apart, so looking for info that could be gleaned from external observation. The only other visible markings on it are the standard U.S. patent numbers [US PAT 2640668 US PAT 2719402]. Says it's 17 jewel, shockproof--seems to run beautifully (keeps accurate time). Wondering about the value, should I have it serviced and/or cleaned? (verdigris patina seems to indicate brass casing) Also assuming it comes from the 1950's? Any insights will be much appreciated! Thanks!
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    Re: Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    Hi and welcome

    Mikrolisk gives this information:

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    So its probably 1950's and German. We don't attempt valuations in this forum - have a look what similar watches sell for on ebay. Its in nice condition and would only need a service to keep it useable. But if you're not going to use it I wouldn't bother.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    I would not say it is a ladies purse watch, it is a travel alarm clock.

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    Re: Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    Thank you! I had searched several lists/sites (thought I'd searched that one) to no avail. Evidently didn't know the proper way to go about it. Appreciate the info!

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    Re: Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    i did a quick search on the patent number and got this 
    Travel alarm clock with sliding case - Otto, Schmidt Karl[IMG]linkscanner://safe.gif/[/IMG]

     

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    Re: Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    Thanks for this also, Janne--was going by what was prevalent on various (yet limited) sites. How can I tell for certain it is an alarm clock? (Doesn't seem to have any way to set an alarm--plus no fold-out "leg" to prop it aright like others I saw which were called travel alarm clocks.) It is obviously missing a chain. Probably does appear more masculine than feminine.

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    No, it is not missing a chain. But maybe it is missing the leg to prop it up!
    You see, it is a clock. 100% sure.

    I think I remember that to set the alarm function, you do it with the crown. my parent have an almost identical clock. Or had, it is ages since I sawiy last.
    I would say it could also be made in the 60's

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    Re: Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    Thanks, dgf67! (had searched those--but didn't look at the pdf of the actual patent until clicking the link you provided)
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    [QUOTE=Janne;4923865]No, it is not missing a chain. But maybe it is missing the leg to prop it up!
    You see, it is a clock. 100% sure.

    Thanks, but--I'm sure it's missing a chain b/c of the empty ring--and no marks or scars on back indicating a missing leg...see? :)Name:  imag4.jpg
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    Wait--finally found one (sold recently in the UK--Austin Kaye)--guess it wasn't a chain, after all!
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    Ladies Ladura pocket watch gold plated manualPreowned (Second Hand) Pocket watches For Sale

    http://www.austinkaye.co.uk/Ladies-L...al-1171-p.aspx
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    Re: Help with vintage purse watch, please...

    That is weird.
    Could it be that the manufacturer intended this one to be worn in a purse?

    Lateral thinking of them!!

    BTW, it is also missing the indicator hand for the timer function......

    If you take off the back, the movement should show if it contains an alarm movement ( most were cheap) or a proper watch movement.
    I suspect the latter, 17 jewels and the shock proofing indicates that.

    I am not editing my previous posts, as I do not want to remove the evidance of my stupidity!
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