Unknown Pre 1950's Pocket Watch, Need Your Help!!

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    I recently found this pocket watch laying around, I was wondering if anybody could help me figure out who made it, when, how much it would be worth today?

    These are the only details and pictures I have of it (it's at my parents place)
    If anyone could help, I'd be grateful!

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    Re: Unknown Pre 1950's Pocket Watch, Need Your Help!!

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/far...er-697966.html

    looks kinda familiar ^ :) hope that kinda helps, is it a Zenith, probobly, it does look very similar :) to that post and the dial and numbers reminded me of that thread :D

    I hope it indeed does turn out a Zenith, that would be amazing :D

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    Re: Unknown Pre 1950's Pocket Watch, Need Your Help!!

    Well, this one certainly wasn't made by Zenith! It is from around WWI (and possibly made for use in the trenches). We don't give valuations but pocket watches are generally worth less than many think; on top of that, this one is hardly in the best of states.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Unknown Pre 1950's Pocket Watch, Need Your Help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Well, this one certainly wasn't made by Zenith! It is from around WWI (and possibly made for use in the trenches). We don't give valuations but pocket watches are generally worth less than many think; on top of that, this one is hardly in the best of states.

    Hartmut Richter
    Hey again, I've just managed to find this at an unbelievable price!
    Antique Swiss Angelus 15 Jewel Alarm Pocket Watch RARE | eBay

    They look SO similar minus the alarm. I also can't find one at all without the alarm.

    What do you think? Same manufacturer?

    Ben

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    Re: Unknown Pre 1950's Pocket Watch, Need Your Help!!

    The dial and case are of a similar (but not that uncommon) design - but the movement is completely different.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Unknown Pre 1950's Pocket Watch, Need Your Help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by zBen View Post
    Hey again, I've just managed to find this at an unbelievable price!
    Antique Swiss Angelus 15 Jewel Alarm Pocket Watch RARE | eBay

    They look SO similar minus the alarm. I also can't find one at all without the alarm.

    What do you think? Same manufacturer?

    Ben
    Keep in mind that even in Switzerland, case manufacture was typically a separate business from movement manufacturer. And as far as that goes, movement manufacturer could involve multiple businesses too. So the similarities in case design don't really tell us much. As for the dial, what's more significant then the obvious similarities are the less obvious differences. Like the different shape of the numbers. Pretty much every dial created at the time this was created looked similar (with the sunken sub-second bit), and pretty much ever lumed dial had roughly similar numbers layout.

    For the movement, most swiss watches (in general) trace their basic design back to a handful of ebauche's (raw movement blanks), so unless there is some sort of identifying mark on the movement plates, identifying the maker of the movement will never be more then a educated guess based on the particulars of things like the winding gears, click-design, etc.
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