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    pocket watch key advice please

    hello everyone I'm new here and to watches i know noting about them anyway i bought a pocket watch on ebay for my mother for Christmas it's a j g graves do i need a key for it and are pocket watch keys universal if not what size of key do need thanks

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    Re: pocket watch key advice please

    Welcome to the Vintage forum. The watch should have a ring at the top at the end of a stem to affix a chain to keep it safe in your waistcoat or trouser pocket. If there is a rotating crown inside the ring (just like on the edge of a modern wrist watch), you don't need a key. If no crown, if you open the outer back cover, there should be two holes in the inner cover which you stick a key in - one for winding, the other for setting the time.

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    Re: pocket watch key advice please

    Not a name I recognize-it could be a generic Swiss movement or a private label American.

    Pocket watch keys come in standard sizes. The most common ones for American watches in my experience are #4 and #5(larger numbers are smaller sizes).

    There are Ebay sellers who will sell you a set of keys from size #00 to #14-these are relatively inexpensive and probably the best option if you don't know what size you need.
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    Re: pocket watch key advice please

    thanks for your help is the keys from 00 to 14 all the keys you get for a pocket watch and here's a bit of info on j g graves John George Graves - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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