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    Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Hi all! I wondered if anyone could help identify a watch that my girlfriend inherited from her grandmother years ago... it is a gold Ebel watch. It looks really old and im having trouble finding any information. I wondered if anyone knew anything? I wonder of the age and if it is actually real and if its real gold etc? It has a hinge on both the front and back so it can be opened. I managed to open the front but didnt try touchig anything as the mother of pearl on the face looks damaged.. i was unable to open the back easil and didnt want to force it and damage it... had anyone any idea if its real and if its actually made if gold? And possibly the value? She doesnt plan on selling it anyway but its interesting to know ;).

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    Thanks for any help! ;)

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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    The company EBEL is still alive. The name EBEL comes from the founders Eugene Blum and (et) Alice Levy, founded in 1911 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Eugene brought in the technical know-how and Alice her passion for sensual design.

    I am sure you will get better information on the watch itself from the experts here, I am more in for 'copy and paste' information with occasional translations.
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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Hi, good info from Border.
    As its gold, I think there may be an assay mark inside the gold case (back of hinged case), that may help us date it exactly.

    dial is termed telephone dial, and a nice Cabochon (like Cartier) in the crown

    If not, I would say circa 1930s +- 5 years

    PS - Strap is a (modern) replacement, it probably had a silk or leather strap originally

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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    I would say it's real and also that it's actually gold. I believe it to be from the 1920's or early 30's. Ebel was quite high end, known to have a strict product control and quality checks.
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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Value - sentimental.

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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Thanks guys! I just managed to open the back up and this is what i found... there is a 14k gold stamp and the serial number along with what looks like the stamp of a crown. The seconds hand has actually started working when the watch had been wound a bit :)

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    Any ideas where i can find a guide to match the serial number to find the exact age etc? Thanks
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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Congrats, that's a Felsa movement from the 30's, signed Ebel.
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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Now we know
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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Not exactly a "telephone dial", here is what they look like:



    And the stone in your Ebel's crown is a "Cabochon", not a "cabochard". Cabochard is French for "stubborn" or "headstrong".

    Very nice looking watch, will benefit from a service.

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    Re: Inherited gold Ebel watch needs help identifying

    Thanks for the help guys... interesting to know.. i think she'll just leave it for the moment as its just in a jewelry box . The cabochon is the mother of pearl ring on 4he face right? It its cracked in 3 places unfortunately and starting to fall to pieces at the 12 oclock.. shame as i reckon that will be very costly to fix if she wanted to..

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