First let me say that I have always been fascinated by pocket watches, not sure why, just am. Recently my parents introduced me to friend who is a watchmaker. I had told him that I would like to find a nice antique sterling watch. He had said that I should go to a watch show with him some time. A few weeks later I got a call from my dad and said that my mother had found something that I might like while looking for my grandmothers TV remote. He told me to come over. When I got there he said that we need to go by his friend the watchmakers house. On the way he tells me that they had found two pocket watches and had taken them to their friend to check their condition for neither was running. My new friend told me that after a good cleaning that both watches are running. He handed me one that was a Waltham he said it was 125 years old. Then he looked at me with a very serious look and said that this next watch is very special and you are to wear it only on very special occasions. He tells me that this is a Fusee from 1720. I about had a heart attack. To think that this watch has been in the family all this time! Amazing!
Later I did some research on the Fusee and got a little confused. The silver hall marks date it to 1847. I thought how could my friend be wrong about the age. I asked him and he informed me that yes the case was made in the 1840s but the movement is much older
So now I look forward to adding to my new collection and gaining more information about this new hobbie of mine