Movement identification for an old beauty

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    Question Movement identification for an old beauty

    Hello everybody. I have got this beautiful watch a couple of years ago, bought for a very low price, with the hope to make it happily tick again and wear it proudly. I acquired it in poor conditions, since the porcelain dial was dirty and stained and the seconds hand was missing. The watchmaker did a great job at servicing the movement, cleaning the dial, fit a "new" seconds hand who has adapted from a broken trench style watch I had in my parts bin, and now it works, keeping even good time.

    Unfortunately, there's still something that prevents me to use it. The clutch lever, according to the watchmaker, is "completely worn out" and is impossible to keep the crown and stem in place, because as soon as you pull it out to set the time, the crown and stem comes off as well. Surely, you'll ask yourself "where's the problem? There must be some digits or an engraving on the movement in order to identify it".

    Well, there isn't, and it's what makes everything difficult. When the watch was serviced, the watchmaker observed the movement carefully and told me there is absolutely no engraving, no logo, no serial number, absolutely nothing that can help me to identify the movement of this beauty. He said it "resembles an FEF movement" but it doesn't match, as he tried to find something from his parts bin that could match, fruitlessly.

    So now, the only hope I have is you, the forum friends, to help me identify this movement. The only picture of the movement I can provide is the rear one, since the dial-side is completely bare, without any engraving. I really would like to find a watch with the same movement, so I can take the clutch lever and put it on mine and finally make a dream come true. This old lady needs to be awaken from her sleep!

    Thanks in advance, I hope someone can help me.

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    Re: Movement identification for an old beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by looking4awayout View Post
    . . . . Thanks in advance, I hope someone can me.
    Try to locate an actual watchmaker.

    Problem solved.
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    Re: Movement identification for an old beauty

    I took it to several watchmakers, nobody has been able to identify it, nor to find a matching part. Otherwise I wouldn't have posted on this forum.

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    Re: Movement identification for an old beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by looking4awayout View Post
    I took it to several watchmakers, . . . .
    Where are you located?
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    Re: Movement identification for an old beauty

    ^+1. There are ‘watchmakers’ and there are WATCHMAKERS. One changes batteries (with varying degrees of success) and the other will fabricate parts if they can’t be bought. You need the latter.
    Lovely piece btw, congrats!


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    Re: Movement identification for an old beauty

    FHF-1 family in my opinion.

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    Re: Movement identification for an old beauty

    Personally, I think that this bridge layout is too common to get anywhere from this side alone. A look at the keyless works would probably help a lot. Quite apart from which, removing the dial may well expose a maker's mark.....

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