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    Identifying help needed!

    Hi guys,

    I bought a pocket watch from a flea market today, but I can't find any branding, only a signature and what I think is a serial number, also some unclear 3/121 marking on the right bottom.

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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    Hi and welcome

    The stamped number is case serial number - tells us nothing
    The scratches are repairers marks - tells us very little
    The other stamped marks look silver marks - my guess Swiss.

    Now what we need is pictures of the movement and face - then there is a possibility to help.

    I am curious - what made you purchase this timepiece
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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    Oh wow, I wasn't expecting a reply so fast. It's my first day here, so I'm quite unfamiliar with the terms like "movement," but I uploaded every side of it. :P And what made me buy it... Well I am visiting spain for about a month now, and I found a local flea market, and since I love second handed things I just couldn't resist this beauty!
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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    Looks like a crab hallmark which ties in with the typical French layout of the cylinder escapement.


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    Hmm. I wonder how old it is!

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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    Its a very pretty I think ladies pocket watch. all original too.
    I like the 24 hour markings on the enamel dial.

    I thought an early cylinder escapement, but looking closely it does look a 'deadbeat' type - maybe not, i thought I could see some lever between balance wheel and escape wheel

    Its a pinset meaning you must press the pin to change the hands but winds from crown

    My guestimate early 1900s

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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    I think we'd need a closer shot of the escapement to be sure but the escape wheel is in the right place for a cylinder and since I'd agree on the age cylinder would fit there for a watch of this quality.


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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    I'm staying at Torremolinos, Malaga, but only two days left here! I wish I knew more about the watch, It's so intriguing! :D

    EDIT: Yes, you need to push that little knob to adjust the time.
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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    I think we'd need a closer shot of the escapement to be sure but the escape wheel is in the right place for a cylinder and since I'd agree on the age cylinder would fit there for a watch of this quality.
    Yes my first instinct with that balance wheel was cylinder, then looking closely I thought the escape wheel was a bit far away and thought I could see a 'deadbeat' style.

    Thanks your patience
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    Re: Identifying help needed!

    It is a beauty. I would have snapped it up at a flea market. Nicely done hand engraving...gold inlay? Excellent dial. Nice find - congrats.

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