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    Hermetic watch query

    Thought to post a recent purchase in the hope that the collective wisdom may be able to shed some light. What puzzles me most is the inscription on the inside of the case underneath the inscription of a crown. I have not been able to interpret the script. Any linguists out there? Apologies if the images are less than sufficient quality. Would welcome thoughts.

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    Re: Hermetic watch query

    Probably the name of the company (Ernest Borel, Borel & Courvoisier), only written in... Chinese?
    Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index
    IIRC, Borel was selling quite a lot of watches there. I wouldn't bet my head on it necessarily being Chinese, though. Anyway, on the second page of the Mikrolisk results, you'll see both the crown and laurel wreath logo, as well as the trademarks written in these characters. The marking on your watch appears to be an amalgamation of these.

    Quick summary of facts - WWI-era, made by Ernest Borel, hermetic case by Francois Borgel (F.B. with the key).
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    Re: Hermetic watch query

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    Probably the name of the company (Ernest Borel, Borel & Courvoisier), only written in... Chinese?

    IIRC, Borel was selling quite a lot of watches there. I wouldn't bet my head on it necessarily being Chinese, though. Anyway, on the second page of the Mikrolisk results, you'll see both the crown and laurel wreath logo, as well as the trademarks written in these characters. The marking on your watch appears to be an amalgamation of these.

    Quick summary of facts - WWI-era, made by Ernest Borel, hermetic case by Francois Borgel (F.B. with the key).
    Dear mkws,
    Excellent research on your part. Much appreciated. I think you have unlocked my query.

    I was requested to remove the link in order to post as I have insufficient posts to date.

    Regards
    Marc
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