Pocket Watch Face/Dial Sizes?

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    Pocket Watch Face/Dial Sizes?

    While searching ebay for a replacement face for an old pocket watch I have, I notice a few listings stating face sizes Example: "Size 18", Size 16" and so on. I also saw a few listed in metric example:"45 mm Diameter". Which is correct and how would I determine the correct size for my watch? As my Pocket watch has no brand name on the face or back, I'm looking for a sterile face very similar to what is already there.

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    Re: Pocket Watch Face/Dial Sizes?

    American pocket watches were manufactured to certain set sizes (for the most part). This allowed the cases to be made independent of the movments and ensured that you could pretty much take any pocket watch movment and put it into any pocket watch case of the right size. Dials were designed to cover the entire front of the movement, and would be roughly the same diameter as the bottom plate of the watch. Details on the sizes here:
    http://elginwatches.com/help/watch_sizes.html

    Now having said that, it depends on the pocket watch. In the 20's, the manufactuers started making their own cases, and some created their own special size. The best example I can think of being the Waltham Colonial series.

    European watches tended to use either the French Ligne or millimeter. Again, early watches would usually have the dial the same diameter as the watch plate, but as time went on (especially for wrist watches) the dial size became more a function of the case then the watch.
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    Re: Pocket Watch Face/Dial Sizes?

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    WOW!! That was confusing, had to read it a couple of times.

    Alpha 49mm Multifunction
    Alpha Submariner - Green Bezel
    DongFeng ST-5A
    Fuyate Multifunction Watch
    Fuyate Chrono Date
    Fuyate Day/Night
    Goer Diver
    Goer Skeleton
    Goer Military
    Invicta Pro Diver 8927
    Invicta Pro Diver Chronograph 12914
    MQJ Submariner
    Sea-Gull ST5 Black
    Sea-Gull ST5 White
    Shanghai A-581
    Shanghai 1524
    Shanghai 7120 Blue
    Shanghai 7120 Green
    Shanghai 7120 Red
    Shanghai 7120 White
    Swiss Legend Challenger
    Wilon Open heart
    Winner AquaRacer
    Winner Skeleton
    Winner Military
    Wuyi ST-2A

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    Re: Pocket Watch Face/Dial Sizes?

    The watch is a size 16. I got a little brave today and took the movement out. It looks like the oil may have dried up. It was quite fun to partially disassemble the watch. It also gave me a chance to remove some of the dirt from the silveroid case, and clean the crystal which I believe may be glass. there are two small chips under the retaining ring and a scratch on the crystal. The dial appears to be metal and not ceramic. While re-assembling the watch the minute hand came off, I pressed it back into place using the ink well of a bic pen.

    Alpha 49mm Multifunction
    Alpha Submariner - Green Bezel
    DongFeng ST-5A
    Fuyate Multifunction Watch
    Fuyate Chrono Date
    Fuyate Day/Night
    Goer Diver
    Goer Skeleton
    Goer Military
    Invicta Pro Diver 8927
    Invicta Pro Diver Chronograph 12914
    MQJ Submariner
    Sea-Gull ST5 Black
    Sea-Gull ST5 White
    Shanghai A-581
    Shanghai 1524
    Shanghai 7120 Blue
    Shanghai 7120 Green
    Shanghai 7120 Red
    Shanghai 7120 White
    Swiss Legend Challenger
    Wilon Open heart
    Winner AquaRacer
    Winner Skeleton
    Winner Military
    Wuyi ST-2A

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