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    Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    Hi

    When my grandmother died a couple of years ago I got her pocket watch.

    I don´t know anything about it.

    The only thing I do know is that it says "Balder" and "incabloc" on the dial.

    I have googled a lot and the only thing i have found is that it might be Swiss made in the 1940's

    Does anybody here know anything about this brand?
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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    interesting. pocketwatches didn't often have shock protection- that's what the word 'incabloc' means on the dial. it could be 40s (incablock was invented in the 30s) but on a pocketwatch, i would think it was a little more modern than your guess. are you comfortable opening the back so that we may see the works? that's really the only way to give you any decent information. even then, it may be hard to determine.

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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    Without seeing the movement we are just guessing. Incabloc became a selling point on dials (I suspect due to some clause in the licensing) sometime in the 50s I believe. But that too is just an educated guess...
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    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

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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    Balder is given by Mikrolisk as a Swedish brand: Mikrolisk - was Feines für die Tasche... - Das Informationsportal rund um die Taschenuhr!

    Pretty watch.
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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    thanks for the info so far, here are some new photos
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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    It is definitely a modern pocket watch (1960 or later) done in the old style. The maker's mark and calibre code are under the balance wheel. I can read what looks like 2?24 for the calibre code (the question mark is a number I can't identify) and I see a little bit of an Ebauches SA cartouche. The maker's mark might be a slightly flattened B in which case it should be "Beaumann" from Les Bois.

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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    I think it's a Landeron 2124 (based on the FHF 2124, according to Bestfit). Similar to this one: LIMIT LANDERON Cal 2124 15 JEWEL STEEL CASED POCKET WATCH c1920s | eBay
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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    Balder or Baldr ios a Norse ( Viking) god. So the Scandinavian connection might be correct.

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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    It is very much like the Landeron Cal 2124

    My watch:


    A Landeron 2124 15 Jewel found on Ebay
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    Is there any value of a watch like this?

    the one on ebay ended on £47.53, is that a normal price?

    I am thinking about replacing the dial and hands on it because i don´t like the look of it as it is now. or is that a bad idea?

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    Re: Identify my grandmothers pocket watch

    Yeah, that's about as much as I'd be willing to pay. Its a nice looking movement, but no different from the millions of other movements that were made in the same time frame. Landeron isn't highly known for their time-only products in the first place, so this movement would only have value to someone who was specifically collecting them (and there won't be a lot of those). Ditto with "Balder"; you might find a dedicated collector of that brand who would be interested, otherwise it just another pocketwatch. Its age and relative obscurity make sourcing parts a bit more of a challenge, although from what I can tell many of the parts are interchangeable with the standard FEF movements of the era (the FEF 2124, FEF 1 and FEF 2126). In most cases, the cost of having this serviced will exceed the value of the watch itself. Which is unfortunate, because you'll probably find that its as good or better then any modern pocket watch you'd be able to buy (and they all start at $500+)
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