Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

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    Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    Hello, first time poster here.

    I got an old pocket watch which belonged to my grandmothers father, who most likely got it in the 50's or 60's. Can you help me identify this model? It bears no additional markings than those shown in these pictures and I apologize for the large image size. The watch works perfectly even if it has been unused for atleast 20 years.

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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    A picture of the movement would help in further identifying this watch.
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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    I cant get it opened with these tools I have and don't want to force it.

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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    There's not a lot to work with; dials and cases tend to be interchangeable, and that style of case has been used for hundreds of years. The dial is pretty generic, but some of the other members might be able to give you a ballpark based on the font and hand types. Of course, that's still not giving you much, because the most identfiable part is the movement itself.
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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    All I can say is that it looks similar in style to my Zenith (very similar dial, silver case with rose gold plated edges, guilloche pattern with coat of arms on the back) and that one is ca. 1930. So, yours might be a little earlier than you think.

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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    All I can say is that it looks similar in style to my Zenith (very similar dial, silver case with rose gold plated edges, guilloche pattern with coat of arms on the back) and that one is ca. 1930. So, yours might be a little earlier than you think.

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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    If you look at the style of dial, hands and case you will find that it is almost identical to this German watch I have which is documented to be sold in 1936:

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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    If I remember correctly, that style of the "tissot" logo was used from the 20's to the 40's. The serial number on the movement will date it to the year.
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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    Hi Eeeb,
    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    If I remember correctly, that style of the "tissot" logo was used from the 20's to the 40's. The serial number on the movement will date it to the year.
    The registration year of the script-type signature depends on the book
    where you look it up - beween 1891 (Pritchard) and 1925 (Koch). As the
    Tissot book from Estelle Fallet shows a spare part box from 1890 with this
    signature, Pritchard is probably right. But obviously it lasted years until the
    signature found its way to the dial of all (not few) watches.

    In my archive the latest watch with this signature is from 1958
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...sau&1229529601
    and the first with capitals from 1960
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...sau&1188399716
    (Sorry, not enough business volume for a more precise date.)

    Anyway, the style of DennisA's watch goes back to the 20s. But remember
    that in this time pocket watches came out of fashion; so almost nothing
    changed any more, and even today pocket watches are made in this style.

    But there is one detail: "Swiss Made" at the bottom of the dial wasn't
    common until the end of WWII.

    I guess, only the movement serial number can stop further speculations.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Identifying an old Tissot pocket watch

    Dennis,

    I have almost the identical watch. You can pry off the back cover - there should be a slightly raised edge near the crown. This does not expose the movement.

    Mine is 1917-1918 according to the serial number.

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