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    Larger pics of strange watch



    Above: Watch without crystal and bezel


    Above: Sidewiew, with crystal in place


    Above: Back of watch


    Above: Aluminium movement cover


    Above: Front, with crystal







    Sorry if the pics are a mess! Me in a nutshell!

    Thanks for all help, Janne
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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    I just recently saw a watch almost exactly like the one you show. The watchmaker told me it was extracted it from an old car, which might explain the crown at the 6 o'clock position.

    Beyond that, I had no other information. When I go back to the shop, I'll make a further inquiry if you have not alread discovered from where it originated.

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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    The reson I think it may have something to do with the Imperial German Navy is the "ironcross" and the letter "M". The Guru K. Knirim mentions the "M" in I.G.Navy ("Marine" )watches. Also, the whole watch is made from non rusting materials, apart from a very few gears.
    I have absolutely Zero info apart from that!

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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    I believe that this is a vintage travel alarm clock. The watch fits in a frame which itself is hinged to the top edge of a traveling box. When the box is opened the watch frame swings out and the frame then rests inside the edge of the bottom of the box. The box & frame then form a support which can sit on a night stand. The box & frame were sometimes covered in leather with metal trim. Oftentimes the box became quite tattered and was discarded but the clock was too nice to throw away.

    I do not recognize the maker of the movement but it is quite likely Swiss. I believe that the cross is the Swiss cross (not the Iron cross). I don't think that this has anything to do with the German navy.

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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    You are quite right. The lever on the back side was for turning on and off the alarm. The hand that looks like a seconds hand is actually the alarm time set hand. So this clock was set to go off at 12:36.

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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    Quote Originally Posted by JimH View Post
    I believe that this is a vintage travel alarm clock. The watch fits in a frame which itself is hinged to the top edge of a traveling box. When the box is opened the watch frame swings out and the frame then rests inside the edge of the bottom of the box. The box & frame then form a support which can sit on a night stand. The box & frame were sometimes covered in leather with metal trim. Oftentimes the box became quite tattered and was discarded but the clock was too nice to throw away.

    I do not recognize the maker of the movement but it is quite likely Swiss. I believe that the cross is the Swiss cross (not the Iron cross). I don't think that this has anything to do with the German navy.


    I belive that you are talking about this kind of watch:



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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    The WUS Vintage crew continues to amaze me with how often they can come up with definitive answers to almost anything! Wow... you guys are wonderful!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    HHHMMMM... I can not say I see a likeness between those two watches.
    I posted a more verbal description of the watch on the Thread " Expert help needed lots of pics".
    Also on this eminent Forum.
    I checked the "cross", It is definitely an "Ironcross", not a Swiss cross. The "wings" on the Ironcross has wider ends than it has at the center. )( sort of.
    The Swiss cross is like a fat +.
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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    OK, I revise my comment to:
    The WUS Vintage crew continues to amaze me with how often they can come up with definitive speculations to almost anything! Wow... you guys are wonderful!



    I still think the alarm clock is spot on... we'll see.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Larger pics of strange watch

    The travel alarm clock that I described has the round clock held in a rectangular frame whereas on the alarm clock posted by jedanzoom the clock itself replaces the frame.

    Here's a closer example to your clock to show what I am talking about:




    I once had a red leather cased travel alarm with a clock part that was quite similar to the clock you have posted.

    If you still think that's the Iron Cross on the back of the watch and that the watch is German then I have a question for you. If the clock is German why is the text on the back of the clock in French? (i.e., Réveil, Silence for alarm on, alarm off by the lever that turns the alarm function on & off)

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