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    Pocket Watch queries

    I got this pocket watch years ago as a gift. It's from Colombia and the script on the dial for "Ferrocarril de Antioquia" was the name for the railroad in Medellin, Colombia. It runs, but not for long and as you can see the movement isn't the cleanest.

    Inside the pocket watch it is stamped 4005385 inside the front cover, inside the back cover and inside the movement cover. On top of the movement cover is the name "Juan Heiniger - Medellin," which from what I could find online suggests he was an importer of watches to Colombia.

    Now I couldn't quite identify the movement.
    It is not stamped with any company name. It says Swiss Made, 17 jewels and has a 16B on it. Underneath the balance wheel it looks like there is an "M" emblem.

    Any ideas of what the movement is and who made it?
    Any ideas of how old this could be?
    Any suggestions on whom would be able to work on vintage pocket watches?

    My regular watch guy didn't want to work on it and I would like to get it cleaned up and back to a properly working watch if possible since I would like to keep this as a family heirloom.

    Any and all feedback would be appreciated.
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    I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.

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    Re: Pocket Watch queries

    Is the mark under the balance actually "F M"? In that case, it would be Moeris.....

    Mikrolisk - was Feines für die Tasche... - Das Informationsportal rund um die Taschenuhr!

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    Re: Pocket Watch queries

    Very well could be.
    The balance wheel is so close to the edge of the cover that it was hard to even see that much of the mark.
    I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.

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    Re: Pocket Watch queries

    Herr Doktor is right...Book says MOERIS 16B (for 16 ligne size).
    Most likely from the first third of the 20th Century.
    Glad to help.

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    Re: Pocket Watch queries

    Indeed, Moeris is the movement. There are also "Tequendama" watches made by the same factory. I have two of them in my collection, also Moeris. By the way I’m located in Colombia

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