Moeris Tramway Watch

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    Moeris Tramway Watch

    Hi, this is the first time I post anything here.
    I was hoping someone here could help me obtaining some information on a watch I baught in Cairo today.

    On the dial it says "Tramway Watch" and "O.Dusonchet Cairo"
    When you open it there is an inscription and some illustrations.
    The inscription says:
    GRAND PRIX
    Berne 1914-Barcelone
    1929
    Membre Du Jury
    Milan 1906
    HORS CONCOURS

    On the inside it says: Moeris, Swiss made, Non Magnetic, 15 Jewels and 19A

    I am confused with all the different dates. Does anyone know when it could be from or anything else about it?

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    Hi -

    First of all, welcome aboard, glad to have you here!

    Second, it *always* helps if you have pictures! We don't know if it's a pocketwatch, a wristwatch or something else entirely.

    Moeris is one of the "lost" Swiss brands, founded in 1893 by Moeri & Jeanneret, in St. Imier, Switzerland. I've only seen a few of their military watches. They specialized in stop watches and chronographs, and were unusual in that they, in 1956, provided ebauches to Seiko and Citizen! Around 1970 they were acquired by Tissot, there continues to be a "Moeris Department" at Tissot.

    It sounds like your watch was probably made for a Cairo jewelry/watch shop. The dates on the watch probably refer to prizes won at industrial competitions, not unusual for a very much older watch to be marked with. The "19A" doesn't mean anything to me unless it is the calibre size, i.e. 19 lignes, which would be a pocket watch size...

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    Hi again,

    thanks for the quick reply and the information on Moeris. Yes, it is a pocket watch. I'll add some pictures later if I can work out how to upload pictures on the forum.

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    Hi -

    Looking forward to them!

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch









    Here is three pictures. They aren't great because the lighting is pritty bad here now. Hopefully you can get an impression of the watch though. I have no idea how rare or interesting it is. I liked it though, and it was only 15 pounds.

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    Just thought that posting the "serial number"? might be usefull as well. It is 55457

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    I can't see the dial that well, but the fact that a prize was mentioned in a 1929 exhibition would mean that the earliest it would date from is the 1930s. 15 jewel Swiss movements were quite common back then.

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    ranfft lists several Moeris movements including a 42.05mm 19B (but not a 19A)

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...swk&Moeris_19B

    The 19B looks like a similar going train layout but your photos show a completely different winding gear arrangement (one I haven't seen before, but I don't collect packet watches so it might not be a big deal)

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    would you please tell me where you got it in Egypt?

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    Re: Moeris Tramway Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRoyalCouturier View Post
    would you please tell me where you got it in Egypt?
    You may need to message the OP your question... as they have not posted since Dec 2006!! Hopefully message will get forwarded to a current email.
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