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    Pocket watches say me nothing

    I got this pocket watch but have not a clue what to make of it.

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    No name but rather nice

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    Silver.

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    I have No idea. There is a crest on the movement but no name or numbers what I can see.
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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    You need to painstakingly search for that crest here:
    Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index
    We know from the assay mark its a German silver case

    Nice looking watch too
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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    Looks very nice, well done!

    According to Microlisk.de that crest marks it as a Langendorf watch, which is lucky as otherwise it would be hard to identify. Gallone not just silver - so that is silver plated with gold. As before exported to Germany. Ignoring the thumb prints on the mechanism it's a nicely finished 15 jewel cylinder escapement probably dating to somewhere around 1910 to 1915 I'd judge by the pin set and the screw head on the ratchet wheel.


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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    I believe the "Galonne" mark refers to a case style where gold was plated overtop the silver in places (usually the bezel).
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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    Ahhh Langendorf the the Ford of the watch world. Then it's no problem learning watch repair on it. I picked it up because it was in working order and mid sized.

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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by Shum View Post
    Ahhh Langendorf the the Ford of the watch world. Then it's no problem learning watch repair on it. I picked it up because it was in working order and mid sized.
    Its a very nice dial.
    Are those diamonds in the hands?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Its a very nice dial.
    Are those diamonds in the hands?
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    They are a bit rough so they well could be but they are so small it dosen't really add value. I believe the movement only has 10 jewles so my guess it's some budget watch of it's day. It does look very tidy and well made though.

    The watch only has a diameter of 34mm
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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    For certain
    But its a nice touch. Not from a value point of view but aesthetic point
    I dont see that so often
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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by Shum View Post
    Ahhh Langendorf the the Ford of the watch world. Then it's no problem learning watch repair on it. I picked it up because it was in working order and mid sized.
    I would strongly recommend that you don't attempt to learn watch repair on this watch as cylinders can be tricky. I'd suggest that you get yourself a cheap lever movement instead where the lessons you learn about the escapement will be useful in other watches.

    And frankly it's too nice a watch to break - and you probably will.
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    Re: Pocket watches say me nothing

    10 jewels is actually quite good for a cylinder; it has jewels in all the important pivots (up to the third wheel). Even on levers, there's not really any point (other then bragging rights) to jeweling the center wheel or mainspring barrel...they don't move enough for wear and friction to really be a factor. Of course, by the 20th century, cylinders were old tech, as was pin set.
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