Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

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    Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    I pulled this watch out of the bottom of a box of 'junk' yesterday. It was given to my family by an elderly prospector about 10+ years ago (he was about 80 at the time).

    I didn't think much of it, as not knowing anything about watches I thought that 'Superior' was a local brand because I live near Lake Superior, and it looks like the 24h numbers are hand drawn. Also since it didn't have a 'lid', I didn't think it was any 'good' :)

    Since I'm starting to collect vintage watches now, I thought I would add it to my collection. And I did a search on google and 'Superior' may be a Swiss brand name?

    The watch works, although the minute hand has come loose.

    I'm also curious if anyone can tell me roughly how old this watch may be.

    Thanks again, I appreciate everyone's help.

    BTW the blue stuff on the back 'smells' to be candy.
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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    I just managed to unscrew to the top open, and put the hour hand back on. But I'm not going to wind it because of what I read about winding old dried out watches.

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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    Can you unscrew the back and post a sharp close-up of the movement? It will enable a possible ID.

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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    Hey Pete.

    Looks like a nice watch, although I have no clue how old it is. I've never heard of a time-only watch with more than 23 jewels...you sure that's not what it reads?

    Also since it didn't have a 'lid', I didn't think it was any 'good' :)
    I assume you're talking about a hunter-case watch (with a lid that closes over the watch-dial). Hunter-case watches and open-face watches (what you have there) are not better than each other. What counts is the quality of the movement, not the style of the case.

    If the watch is in good condition, if its got a good quality movement and nothing is broken...I say it would be worth having serviced.
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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    I don't know how to take the back off... I'm not even sure it comes off as the serial number is on the front and there is what looks like slots to pop out the watch? I tried but the crown is keeping it in the case and I don't know how to take that off.

    Also, it appears that the 24h markings are not original.

    I also took a closer picture of the jewel wording. It 'looks' like 29 in the picture, and when you look close with the naked eye.

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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    I'm fairly sure that it says '23 Jewels'. And as far as I know, 23 jewels is the best, so I wouldn't be complaining about that in terms of quality.
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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    I have no idea how to get to the movement of the watch. I managed to unscrew the crown, but that didn't help. And it was very hard to get the crown back on again properly.

    It seems like the back screws off too... is it possible that it just seized up?

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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    It looks like '21 jewels' to me.......the 2 is quite wide, so a 3 of the same width would be wider than the number in this space....IMHO

    Can't offer any advice on the watch, but looks a nice one, so keep us posted on what you decide to do

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    Re: Old 'Superior 29 Jewel' Pocket watch. Worth restoring?

    These can be tricky to work on so be careful. Looks nice so for sure keeper.
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