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    Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    I recently acquired a pocket watch at an auction and would like to know something about it. On the dial it reads "Bristol Watch Co.", but could not find any information. On the case it reads "Keystone Watchcase", "Silveroid" and the number "8430458" with a makers mark. Thanks.Name:  IMG_1768.JPG
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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    Hi and welcome

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    Keystone Watch Case Company - Phildelphia, Riverside, N.J. 1878 -1956
    I suspect 'SILVEROID' will be silver plated
    No serial number records

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    Bristol Watch Co
    This was the name on imitation American Watches made in Switzerland.
    A picture of movement would help

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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    I suspect 'SILVEROID' will be silver plated
    Silveroid is a name for a nickel alloy that polishes up nicely to look very similar to silver. It isn't a plating normally. I'm not sure if its a trademarked term or just a generic one.


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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    Silveroid is a name for a nickel alloy that polishes up nicely to look very similar to silver. It isn't a plating normally. I'm not sure if its a trademarked term or just a generic one.
    Thanks, I was being lazy, and never researched it
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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    Thanks for your quick reply. Attached is a photo of the inside. Wonder why the Swiss would want to imitate American watches?



    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Hi and welcome

    Watch Case
    Keystone Watch Case Company - Phildelphia, Riverside, N.J. 1878 -1956
    I suspect 'SILVEROID' will be silver plated
    No serial number records

    UPDATE
    Bristol Watch Co
    This was the name on imitation American Watches made in Switzerland.
    A picture of movement would help

    Regards
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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    One point (only) I can add
    Normally Swiss being French language would have 'A' (advance) and 'R' (retard). Here we have English 'F' (fast) and 'S' (slow)
    Is this a 'typical' 'American' style movement (i.e. a Swiss Fake)? Sorry I am not good enough to know.
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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    not meant to be a fake but follows the American trend .like a waltham '57
    regards enrico

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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    Quote Originally Posted by eri231 View Post
    not meant to be a fake but follows the American trend .like a waltham '57
    regards enrico
    Yes but it is SWISS -- Trying to imitate an American Made Watch?
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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    Thanks very much for the information, but I'm a little confused. So the Bristol Watch Company is a Swiss company? And they make watches to look like American-made watches. Is the intention to deceive people into thinking they have bought an American-made watch? What would be the purpose in that because I thought Swiss made watches are high quality which one would more likely desire? Does the watch have any value? It runs pretty good.


    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Yes but it is SWISS -- Trying to imitate an American Made Watch?

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    Re: Information on Bristol Watch Co and Keystone case

    "Fake" is the proper term for these, as they were American styled and tended to use American sounding names while simultaneously trying to obscure their origins.

    Many of the later ones(later than this watch) used false and misleading jewel counts.
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