Watch case scratch marks by movement adjuster?

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    Watch case scratch marks by movement adjuster?

    Fine watches with factory supplied cases used to have little staight line scratches barely visible on case frame near movement. By the adjuster? Trying to verify Gruen adjusting for 8 positions as inscribed in some high grade movements in gold pentagon cases.
    Here a Gruen V1 with 14 marks. Lemania 7 position with 12. Waltham Maximus 5 position with 5.
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    Re: Watch case scratch marks by movement adjuster?

    Have been dependably informed marks have nothing to do with movements. Are for case assembly only.

    However, I have seen this marking in simple gold w.w. cases with only 2 friction fit pieces not requiring assembly matching in my opinion.
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    Re: Watch case scratch marks by movement adjuster?

    I've also noticed those marks hand applied on the inside edge of several Swiss cases. Seems to be combination of straight angled slash marks. Hope you can make out these from a circa 1920 silver-cased Swiss watch. I'd love to know their meaning!
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    Re: Watch case scratch marks by movement adjuster?

    These scratched markings may have different purposes by different scratchers. Some like roman numbers, others not. Surely some experienced old timer can explain, unlike my age 80 self.

    Another example consistent in that on original factory supplied gold case for adjusted watch.
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    Re: Watch case scratch marks by movement adjuster?

    On one watch I posted with this, one of the experts pointed out my markings were actually Roman numerals of the case number... But I confess I didn't see it.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Watch case scratch marks by movement adjuster?

    In the Gruen Forum the well known collectible expert Cary Hurt clearly and simply describes the marks as partial Roman numerial case numbers, even for simple 2 piece w.w. cases, used to ensure case parts properly matching. Simple answer to my question.

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