Old Pocket watch help please.

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    Old Pocket watch help please.

    A chap in work has just brought me his dads old pocket watch as he knows I like old watches to see if he can find anything about it. I told him I didn't know much about them but I know a place where there's lots of knowledge and lots of helpful people!

    It looks to me to be a fairly low quality pocket watch, but it has one intriguing feature. There's a slider on the side of the case that moves a lever inside the watch acts on the balance to stop the watch.
    At the moment the watch keeps very good time, but the centre second hand doesn't move, and the dial has suffered a bit from age.
    Inside it says " Railway time keeper Swiss" and the case has the makers marks B W over a star, all in shield shaped stamps.
    If anyone could give me an approximate age, or knows anything more about the 'railway timekeeper' bit I'd be eternally greatful.
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    Many thanks in advance, Nick.

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    Re: Old Pocket watch help please.

    Hacking sweep seconds was not common until WWII... so this is a bit rare. Closer pics of the hallmarks may allow us to date it. Your assessment as to the general quality of the piece appears correct.
    "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: Old Pocket watch help please.

    Thanks for your reply Eeeb
    I don't think they are hallmarks as the case appears to be brass. I assume they are casemakers marks and are the letters B and W and the lower one is a five pointed star.
    Cheers, Nick.

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