looking for some help on an antique german silver watch

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    looking for some help on an antique german silver watch

    A little history since I'm new here. The father of a friend recently passed, he was an antique dealer and there was simply too much stuff to sell at one time (both because so many things were not well identified, and because we had a warehouse of art and antiques he's been collecting for 70 years, and dumping it all at once would have seriously cut down on my friends inheritance) Anyway I was tasked with selling some portion of the collection. Part of that included several 5 gallon buckets of watches. I've identified a lot, and there have been a few good items. I've lurked here and learned a lot that has helped. However I've got one at the moment that has me stumped.

    It is an 80% silver watch with the German crescent moon and crown hallmark on the case. The movement is not marked on either side that I can find. The underside of the face says A Romaine or Pomaine (I think, last picture shows this one) and the dust cover is engraved. movement is almost exactly 1 inch. Thank you for any help you can give me.

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    Hello, it looks like a converted (probably ladies) pendant watch. The lugs would have been added so that it could be repurposed & worn by a man, on the wrist.
    The engraving on the dust cover says the case contained a 10 jewel cylinder movement.
    Not an interesting movement by any standard, unfortunately.

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    Re: looking for some help on an antique german silver watch

    thank you, I looked over that engraving a number of times and did not register that it said Cylindre 10 Rubis. I must be blind. That at least points me in a direction.

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    Re: looking for some help on an antique german silver watch

    Swiss silver case exported via Germany. It’s a common layout of the movement used by a number of manufacturers. There is very little collector interest in these so very little information is available. Don’t assume if you find something similar that it is the same unless it exactly the same in all details. Date wise I’d say 1905 to 1915.


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    Re: looking for some help on an antique german silver watch

    Fontainemelon (FHF) Cal. 11''' or something closely related in a different size. It looks as if the keyless works is missing a piece - the "shoe" shaped bit that is so characteristic of FHF movements of that era.....

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: FHF 11'''

    Hartmut Richter

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