Trench watch "Diana" identification
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    Hello.Does anyone knows something about this trench Diana watch? Year? The dial and hands? Movement? Thanks.
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    Re: Trench watch "Diana" identification

    Hi there,

    showing just a dial view with a popular name (like Smith or Miller) is no reasonable base for detailed informations.

    However, the red 12 was lauched to distinguish between the new open-face wristwatches with the crown at 3, and the old open-face pocket watches with the crown at 12 - thus to prevent wrong reading at a short glance. So this is met on early wristwatches made from ca. 1910 on, and later was extended to pocketwatches as a kind of fashionable feature. But the bold upright digits on your dial narrows the likely production year of your watch to 1925.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi there,

    showing just a dial view with a popular name (like Smith or Miller) is no reasonable base for detailed informations.

    However, the red 12 was lauched to distinguish between the new open-face wristwatches with the crown at 3, and the old open-face pocket watches with the crown at 12 - thus to prevent wrong reading at a short glance. So this is met on early wristwatches made from ca. 1910 on, and later was extended to pocketwatches as a kind of fashionable feature. But the bold upright digits on your dial narrows the likely production year of your watch to 1925.

    Regards, Roland Rnfft
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    Re: Trench watch "Diana" identification

    Hi there,

    it's a cheap cylinder mivement originally intended for cheap ladies pocketwatches. These old pin-set calibres are almost nowhere recorded, i.e. I've no clue who made it.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Trench watch "Diana" identification

    Paskar Watch Co., Biel, Switzerland, perhaps? They had a model Diana and made similar movements at the time.

    Here are two from Diana pocket watches. The letter on the first movement is a 'P' ,ot a 'B'!
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    Re: Trench watch "Diana" identification

    The latter is almost certainly an AS movement BR so I think these are just badge engineering. The OPs is somewhat familiar but I’d have to check references to see if I it’s something I can identify or just something I’ve seen often.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Border-Reiver View Post
    Paskar Watch Co., Biel, Switzerland, perhaps? They had a model Diana and made similar movements at the time.

    Here are two from Diana pocket watches. The letter on the first movement is a 'P' ,ot a 'B'!
    Thanks.Finally something concrete...

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