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    Hi, I was going through my grandfathers stuff he left me after he died, and there was a pocket watch timepiece thing in the bunch..It has markings on it but I cant make out what it says. If someone could be so kind in helping me that would be much appreciated. Thank you!Name:  10F047A0-B60A-4C2E-80AB-39BBB0FF6708.jpeg
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    Re: Really need help identifying this pocket watch

    Those markings are "avance" and "retard" to indicate which directions to move the regulator to adjust the beat rate of the movement. That is standard and doesn't give any identifying information. If you show more photos, you may get more detailed information about your specific watch.
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    Yankees99...thanks for the Post: you make a salient point;"...[a] pocket watch timepiece thing..." CAN be difficult to ID.

    To my eye, this is a Swiss movement from the late 1800's. It uses a "cylinder escapement", employs a "three arm, uncompensated balance", looks to be a 7 to 15 jewel ( needs to be taken apart to be sure ), uses a "flat hairspring" ( OK quality ), and is in unusually nice & clean condition...many of these old fellows look to be rather worn-out.

    Watches like this ( in my experience ) will usually respond fairly well to a Service: once it's been cleaned and oiled, these timepieces tend to want to run! Michael.

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    Name:  E2528AF3-1186-4A17-94A8-2DA229684B6E.jpeg
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Size:  2.01 MBThank you for the info, here are 2 more pictures of this movement if it helps with identification 🤓
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Maddan View Post
    Yankees99...thanks for the Post: you make a salient point;"...[a] pocket watch timepiece thing..." CAN be difficult to ID.

    To my eye, this is a Swiss movement from the late 1800's. It uses a "cylinder escapement", employs a "three arm, uncompensated balance", looks to be a 7 to 15 jewel ( needs to be taken apart to be sure ), uses a "flat hairspring" ( OK quality ), and is in unusually nice & clean condition...many of these old fellows look to be rather worn-out.

    Watches like this ( in my experience ) will usually respond fairly well to a Service: once it's been cleaned and oiled, these timepieces tend to want to run! Michael.

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    It must have been the pocket watch of your grandmother. I guess the size is aroud 3-4 cm . The movement is swiss orgin build probably between 1990/10. It has a cylinderescapement (10 jewels) and unfortunately the cap stone seems to be completely destroyed. I hope its just a light reflex. In those cases the pinons usually are broken as well and the watch can't run.

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    I think that Silke meant 1890/1910. Although I can't see the entire movement, it looks like something by the generic movement maker Fontainemelon (FHF), e.g. something like this:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: FHF 11.75'''

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    Of course 1900/1910 I'd made a typing error. Sorry about any confusion. The dials with the "high dommed" varnis with the golden an silver index signs inside a very common in this aera.

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    Anyone else see a tiny frog on the balance cap jewel? Or should I lay off the Chandon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneJockey View Post
    Anyone else see a tiny frog on the balance cap jewel? Or should I lay off the Chandon?
    I see it!

    Must be French made.
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    Lol! It does look like a little frog

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