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    West End Watch Company Watch, 1940s?

    Hello everyone, just joined the forum! This is my first post.

    My father left me his old West End Watch Co watch which he aquired in, I think, 1941 after he had been shipped out to Burma as an army officer. I don't know anything about this watch, or very little, other than that he wore it until his death in 2000 and I have worn it since. It keeps perfect time and, to my knowledge, has never been serviced. Please see photos below:

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    Re: West End Watch Company Watch, 1940s?

    I seem to have come unstuck when trying to include a photgraph! I will now try again:

    West End Watch Co :: WestEndWatchCo1.jpg picture by surfguy13 - Photobucket

    West End Watch Co :: WestEndWatchCo1.jpg picture by surfguy13 - Photobucket

    I hope these two photos will provide sufficient information? I do not have a tool to remove the back cover unfortunately but would be interested to know if I can buy one? Could anyone suggest a source?

    The serial number on the back cover is: 5554 1145 I think, it is not easy to make out.

    I would be most grateful for any information about the watch. Also, I'm keen to get it serviced - I'm based in the UK so if anyone can suggest an ndividual or company that might be able to do this I'd appreciate contact details.

    Thank you!

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    Re: West End Watch Company Watch, 1940s?

    No picture that I can see....

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    Re: West End Watch Company Watch, 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by redcow View Post
    No picture that I can see....
    Click on the links..
    Wild West End. Try posting this in the Vintage and pocket watch forum. You'll probably have better results. Good luck!

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    Re: West End Watch Company Watch, 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by redcow View Post
    No picture that I can see....
    In my second post there are two links - both with photos of the front/back of the watch. If you click the links they will bring the photos straight up! :)

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    Re: West End Watch Company Watch, 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by dualtime View Post
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    Wild West End. Try posting this in the Vintage and pocket watch forum. You'll probably have better results. Good luck!
    Thanks dualtime....will do. Appreciate the nod!

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    Re: West End Watch Company Watch, 1940s?

    Thread moved.
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    RE West End Watch Co watch circa 1940s?

    Hello everyone, my first post on the vintage forum!

    My father aquired an old West End Watch Co watch in Burma in 1941 when he was shipped there as a soldier in the second world war. He wore the watch until his death in 2000 and I have worn it since. It keeps perfect time but is probably in need of a clean and service - to my knowledge it has never been serviced.

    Unfortunately I do not have a tool to remove the back so at the moment cannot provide a photo of the works but I will provide two photos below which I hope may help identify it. The serial number stamped on the case is: 5554 1145

    I would be extremely grateful for any info and also, if possible, a source for a tool that I can use to remove the back. Should I service the watch or leave well alone?


    West End Watch Co :: WestEndWatchCo1.jpg picture by surfguy13 - Photobucket

    West End Watch Co :: WestEndWatchCo3.jpg picture by surfguy13 - Photobucket


    Mod's edit: Threads merged - Mike had moved your original thread here already.
    Last edited by Marrick; April 15th, 2012 at 14:35.

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    Re: RE West End Watch Co watch circa 1940s?

    Hi and welcome.

    There have been a few West End watches posted recently with quite a bit of info about the company - and some members are quite knowledgeable so await their replies.

    That type of caseback ideally requires a proper case wrench of the correct size for removal, but 'Jaxa' type tools, available on ebay, usually have some flat 'bits' that can be utilised. But first try something like a ball of parcel tape scrunched up, sticky surfaces down, that may give enough grip to unscrew it if its not on too tight.

    If you intend using the watch (and why not?) it should be serviced.
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    Re: RE West End Watch Co watch circa 1940s?

    Hi there,

    if you copy the image code... it embeds the pic into the thread:






    I have found West End Co to be very helpful with providing information. However, I know they have lost a lot of their records from pre ww2.... but it cant hurt to contact them with the case serial number...

    As for the watch... take it to a watch maker!! They will be able to remove the case back... at which point, you could ask to take a pic!
    Last edited by Sparcster; April 15th, 2012 at 14:57.
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