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    Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Saw this on the Bay and can find very little about it or key wind wristwatches in general. It looks too good to be true? Is there anyone here knowledgeable?

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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    It looks too good to be true?
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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Guessing this is a 19th century pocket watch movement re-cased as a wristwatch...

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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Most certainly so! How desperate does one have to get to hide the winding key (or some contraption for that purpose) in the buckle?! Not without a certain degree of ingenuity but I wonder how long it will take for that to drop out and get lost.....?!

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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Auction says he does his best to answer questions, but he does his least to be honest. How hard would it be to just say someone took a pocket watch and made a wrist watch out of it? The key has long threads so maybe it wouldn't fall out too quickly, but if you have to wind it every day, eventually I can see someone losing it. Odd that it only has two hands.

    Pretty nice looking watch though.. I'd wear it but wouldn't buy it.
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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Yes, I also think the key buckle is innovative, unlikely to be from the 1800’s, and likely to get lost! The seller appears to also have a second auction for a larger but nearly identical timepiece. Maybe good for someone who collects “marriage” watches, but not me.

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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Lord have mercy, for they know not what they do!

    Absolutely out of any proportion when relating this freak thing to the price asked. Interesting for $90 perhaps if someone wants to run around with such an obscure thing.

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    A fusee watch with a cylinder escapement? Can you come up with something more stupid?

    Excellent documentation provided: Movement marked 'Moulin', Geneva ... Russian Google search for 'Maulin' ... comes to 'Moulin', Paris, ... and makes it 1812 - 1819. Brilliant!

    Honestly, people with lower intelligence considering the puchase of such a thing at $900 won't most likely have this kind of money in the bank. But that's probably why monthly installments are offered.
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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Looks like a very elegant conversion that hangs together stylistically rather well, but the cost might have been better spent creating a similarly styled wristwatch from scratch with a wristwatch movement.
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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    That is not a fusee.

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    Re: Silver key wind wristwatch from 1800s?

    Fairly well done and innovative but should have a second hand with all the effort that went into making it. It would be interesting to know how much labor was expended on creating it.

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