Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

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    Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    Hi - this is my first post so excuse me if I do stuff wrong!

    I have a vintage pocket watch which was my Great Grandfather's retirement present. Dating is easy as he retired in 1918 and the engraving on the back says 11th April 1919. I would like to know more about the watch if possible. Inside there is a small Crown marking with S&Co underneath - I believe that this indicates it is from Staufer & Co. in London. There is also a serial number 249979 with the word 'PEERLESS' underneath it along with the word 'SWISS'.

    Any information would be appreciated - photos attached.

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    Re: Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    Well - you might just have an IWC movement in there. Looks somewhat like bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: IWC 53 19'''H6.5 - but await more informed opinions.

    Whatever - its a great looking watch. But clearly in need of a service judging from the 'off the scale' position of the regulator.
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    Re: Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    +1
    Lovely watch and a great heirloom.
    A Peerless by Stauffer and Co and as Marrick has said, contains a high quality I.W.C movement

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    Re: Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    I belive that movement shown on Ranffts page is not IWC cal.53,H6.5 but cal.53,H5.Difference is on mainspring barrel position.Cals 52 H5,52/53 H6 and 52/53 H6.5 that are quite similar,all have mainspring barrel on oposite side of the movement that is shown on OP's photos of the movement.
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    Re: Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    A bit of a typographical error with IWC "Fournitures #4" (1917). p
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    Re: Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Well - you might just have an IWC movement in there. Looks somewhat like bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: IWC 53 19'''H6.5 - but await more informed opinions.

    Whatever - its a great looking watch. But clearly in need of a service judging from the 'off the scale' position of the regulator.
    Thanks for the info - I'm sure that it does need a service - I've had it for around 35 years and its not been serviced at all. The regulator position is how I received it so I'm guessing that its been like that since my Great Grandfather's day! Any idea what I should pay for a service and any recommendations as to where I should go (I'm in the UK)

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    Re: Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    IWC cal.53 H5 is savonnette movement,measuring 43,15mm in diameter.
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    Re: Vintage Pocket Watch - Info needed

    I have used Watch and Clock Repairs by Michael Swift (Horologist) several times. Expect to pay £30 or a little more - if nothing else is found wrong - plus Special Delivery postage each way.
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