Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch
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    Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch

    First and foremost thank you for any light that you can shed on this watch. There does not appear to be a whole lot of information on Tremont watches and even less from what I have seen of their vintage wrist watches. I picked this watch up recently and really do not expect anything from it value wise I am more curious than anything. From what I have found they were an American pocket watch company that was sold off and renamed Melrose Watch company in about 1870. When I purchased this watch I really didn't know anything about it and did so without seeing the movement but I was curious. After getting it and opening up I saw that there was a Swiss mark inside the back case. I assume that this means that the movement was a Swiss movement that the manufacturer purchased to put in their watches. While not readily visible on the interior of the back plate There are two "watch maker's scratchings", my term. The first appears to be "P10010 10/80 4" Located at the top and the second looks to be a date for servicing of "4/34" located at the bottom.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch

    Nice looking watch but I believe it is supposed to be a bumper automatic.
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    Re: Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch

    Welcome. Appears to be a Swiss watch imported complete into the US given the Swiss movement and case. As Freddy notes, this is missing the automatic parts as it would originally have been a bumper automatic movement.


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    Re: Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch

    Thank you, I had never heard of a bumper rotor. I just looked it up and this help explain a couple things like what appears to be a missing gear opposite the click. Is it possible for someone to identify the movement on the off chance I can find the parts for the missing bumper and bridge or should I just assign this one to a scrap watch?

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    Re: Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiko_Phil View Post
    Thank you, I had never heard of a bumper rotor. I just looked it up and this help explain a couple things like what appears to be a missing gear opposite the click. Is it possible for someone to identify the movement on the off chance I can find the parts for the missing bumper and bridge or should I just assign this one to a scrap watch?
    Won't it still work as a hand-winder?
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    Re: Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch

    Hi there,

    here is the complete movement:
    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: AS 1298
    Although from AS, it is pretty rare, and finding a donor movement or parts will require a lot of patience and/or $$$.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
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    Re: Identifying a vintage Tremont wrist watch

    Thank you.

    As for using it as a hand winder It does work as such which is why I didn't immediately realize something was amiss, with the exception of the anomaly (I assume because of the missing parts) that the minutes hand will sometimes rarely move independently of the hour hand. I had originally assumed that this was due to a broken tooth somewhere.

    Thanks for the help I am still new to the hobby and if worse comes to worse I can use this watch as a test movement to practice tearing it down, cleaning it and reassembling it.

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