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    So this is my first pocket watch and I've done a lot of research but still have a lot of questions. I got this from my Grandfather. He was in the jewelry business for 40 years and had quite a few pocket watches and vintage wrist watches left over from his store. I was curious about the date on this watch and my research only left me with more questions. Can someone tell me why the serial numbers of the movement and the case are so far apart? I would also appreciate any other info anyone has on this watch. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger1202 View Post
    Can someone tell me why the serial numbers of the movement and the case are so far apart?
    Most watches and I'm not talking about British watches the case serial number has nothing to do with
    the movement serial number. Even factory cased American and Swiss watches their serial numbers don't match.
    I can't read the serial number on your watch but that would help date it.
    Family watches are the best! Inheriting a watch is a really nice thing and that's a nice looking one. Congratulations
    on your first Pocket Watch.

    I would guess by the style of the case 1940's or 50's
    I eat pocket watches for breakfast lunch and dinner
    I like ketchup on them sometimes and maybe some spicy brown
    mustard. Sometimes I like them fried up in a Wok or
    made into a panini. They are so crunchy and delicious.

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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    Quote Originally Posted by G.M. Wheeler The 3rd View Post
    Most watches and I'm not talking about British watches the case serial number has nothing to do with
    the movement serial number. Even factory cased American and Swiss watches their serial numbers don't match.
    I can't read the serial number on your watch but that would help date it.
    Family watches are the best! Inheriting a watch is a really nice thing and that's a nice looking one. Congratulations
    on your first Pocket Watch
    Sorry, I tried to get the pics small enough to post but apparently didn't get them large enough to have detail. Movement is 6337xxx and case is 9432xxx.

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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    according to my book it's circa 1929 plus or minus but I am
    NOT an expert on Swiss watches only a collector of American watches hopefully someone else can
    date it for you. You can also go here https://omegaforums.net/
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    I eat pocket watches for breakfast lunch and dinner
    I like ketchup on them sometimes and maybe some spicy brown
    mustard. Sometimes I like them fried up in a Wok or
    made into a panini. They are so crunchy and delicious.

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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    I would put it in the early 20s, e.g. 1923-24. As mentioned above, case and movement numbers need not be close in value.
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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    With omega the case number is normally lower than the movement serial which suggests that this was put into a newer case at some point.

    Case numbers are normally lower because Omega made less cases than movements - import tariffs and controls on gold/ silver and the US preference for uncased movements.
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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    With omega the case number is normally lower than the movement serial which suggests that this was put into a newer case at some point.

    Case numbers are normally lower because Omega made less cases than movements - import tariffs and controls on gold/ silver and the US preference for uncased movements.
    This makes sense and would confirm my suspicion the case and movement weren't original to each other. If the case is numbered in the 9,xxx,xxx range that should put it in the late 1930s. Are there any known instances of 15-20 year old movements being put into cases and sold new? Also, could the 9 be an error and should be a 6? I realize those scenarios are unlikely but I'm learning and wanted to ask.

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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    Whoever recased it(if at all) they did it right. Nice movement and 14K case and they match nicely. Dial is nice too with correct hands

    On the other hand it's interesting what could have happened to the original movement because it's more common for gold cases to disappear(for scrap) not movements
    Chaos is my focus

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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    Original case may not have been solid gold so may have had wear or simply been upgraded. Nothing unusual in either.
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    Re: omega pocket watch questions

    Undoubtedly re-cased, which is quite common.
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