Inspector Byrnes moonphase calendar pocket watch

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    Inspector Byrnes moonphase calendar pocket watch

    Can anyone identify this antique moonphase calendar pocket watch? Inspector Byrnes is engraved on the back of the case, and in small script below "Byrnes" appears to be OB & TH. It's a large, heavy watch that is more than 2 1/2 inches wide and about 3 1/2 inches from the bottom to the top of the loop. It has 5 adjustment buttons. I bought it from someone who acquired it in a lot of items at an estate sale in New York in 1980.
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    Re: Inspector Byrnes moonphase calendar pocket watch

    The inscription on the back is a personalization for a specific owner. It has no identification value.

    The watch appears to be a late 19th or early 20th century 'generic' Swiss movement. The real experts may be able to be more specific.

    It looks to be a beautiful watch. It was an expensive watch when new.

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    Re: Inspector Byrnes moonphase calendar pocket watch

    That age must be incredibly young, then, because I'm only 22...

    That's a sweet-looking watch!!
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    Re: Inspector Byrnes moonphase calendar pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Shangas View Post
    That age must be incredibly young, then, because I'm only 22...
    Is that in dog years?
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    Re: Inspector Byrnes moonphase calendar pocket watch

    Human years!! Hahahaha.

    That is a massive watch, though. You could probably kill someone with it.

    BTW, John, the "loop" at the top of the watch is called the 'bow' (as in 'bow and arrow').
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