Identifying Grandfather’s Pocket watch

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    Identifying Grandfather’s Pocket watch

    The pocket watch pictured below belonged to my grandfather and I’m trying to identify its make, type of movement, manufactured year, etc. The watch runs and keeps pretty good time although it mostly sits idle in a stored location. The only printing I can find is also pictured below and reads “ligne droite balancier chronometre spiral breguet”. The case is marked as K14. The watch serial number appears to be 114360. Any help you can provide is appreciated.
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    Re: Identifying Grandfather’s Pocket watch

    The movement looks a little like an FHF, but I don't know for sure.

    Looks similar to this in some ways?

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: FHF 19'''H6.5
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...swk&FHF_19H6_5

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    Re: Identifying Grandfather’s Pocket watch

    I have a watch that is almost the exact twin of this one, with a 60 second chronograph movement, and a different engraving on the inner case. Inherited indirectly from my great-grandfather

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    Identifying Grandfather’s Pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Philbird View Post
    I have a watch that is almost the exact twin of this one, with a 60 second chronograph movement, and a different engraving on the inner case. Inherited indirectly from my great-grandfather.
    It’s not exact if you compare the details. Which is often the problem with this layout. A large number of manufacturers used this layout so figuring out which can be tricky as the necessary documentation just isn’t available.

    A watchmaker can be a good source of information as makers marks are often hidden in the movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    It’s not exact if you compare the details. Which is often the problem with this layout. A large number of manufacturers used this layout so figuring out which can be tricky as the necessary documentation just isn’t available.

    A watchmaker can be a good source of information as makers marks are often hidden in the movement.
    That's a good point; the movements are definitely different upon further examination. What jumps out at me is the jeweled center wheel pivot on mine vs not jeweled on OP's post. I think there may be at least a connection case manefacture-wise; that gunmetal crown is fairly distinctive.

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    Re: Identifying Grandfather’s Pocket watch

    Centre wheels can be jewelled or not. Mostly in this period they weren’t but can be found on higher grade watches.


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    Re: Identifying Grandfather’s Pocket watch

    Nevertheless, in both watches, the lever cock (under the balance gear) is suggestive of Fontainemelon (FHF). Further confirmation would be gained from the keyless works - that has a part shaped a little like a shoe that is highly characteristic of FHF.

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