Based on the number of Tobias posts I've seen around the internet, I'm guessing this is just another annoying Tobias post... lol
Anyway, I have a pocket watch that was my grandfather's before he passed. From all that I've seen and read online, I gather that this is likely a fake, possibly even a "fake Swiss fake" as someone has posted elsewhere regarding some Tobias'. I'm interested in dating it more than anything, but I'm also curious as to its history (if any can be gleaned) as the dial work depicts a woman wearing a blue and white dress with stars holding a red flag and laying a document (Declaration of Independence?) on a revolutionary soldier's head, possibly in the clouds (a soldier who has passed on?)... I've spent hours sifting through pictures and threads on the net looking for similar pocket watches to no avail. Any insight would be helpful. It's in pretty rough condition (as you can see), but it will do some ticking..
I do not see any real hallmarks on the case of the watch to indicate its history, but what I can see are the following details:
- The front of the case features some worn decorations including a wreath and a dog inside a trumpet or horn.
- Inside the front case, I can see "06" lightly stamped.
- Apart from the revolutionary-esque art, the dial is very plain with no text.
- The back of the case appears to have at one time featured a spiraling diamond pattern with a circle in the middle.
- "80006" is lightly stamped inside the back of the case.
- The M. J. Tobias "signature" appears to be of reasonably high quality while the rest of the text engraved into the inner caseback - "LIVERPOOL," "PATENT LEVER," and "FULL JEWELLED" - seems low in quality.
- Inside the inner caseback, I can see another lightly stamped "80006" next to the letters "PI" within a diamond - maybe a hallmark?
- The only engraving I can see on the movement are the letters "S" and "F" with some ticks indicating regulator adjustment direction.