WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch
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    WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Hi all! Ive just got my hands on a old watch, my grandpa left it to me when i died.
    Its a Dixi watch, googled it and only found Doxa watches.
    Load up some pic, take a look at it and see. If you got any info i would be really greatful!

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    Re: WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Hi and welcome
    Dixi was registered name to:
    Barbezat-Baillot - Le Locle
    Founded 1847
    Companies major brand was Le Phare

    Pritchard also mentions DIXI under Zenith
    BUT I could not see anything there on DIXI
    That said, I would be more biased to Zenith (if I could see her link) as Zenith under original founder Georges Favre-Jacot won records as your watch shows in 1906

    Suggest you post movement pictures
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    Re: WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Thank You so much!!! I am uploding some movement pics :) tnx again

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    Re: WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Dixi Machines SA has a very interesting history that I first became aware of while researching Robert Cart watchmaker. Founded in 1904, they were a watch manufacture that became heavily involved, along with many other Swiss watch companies, in illegal arms production for the Third Reich. A post-war Swiss commission cited Dixi as the biggest provider of precision bomb fuses, which were shipped disguised as watch parts! There were other collaborators in the Swiss watch industry, most now gone, but Dixi survives as a manufacture of precision machinery tools. Ironically, today they are owned by a Japanese conglomerate.
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    Re: WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tick Talk View Post
    Dixi Machines SA has a very interesting history that I first became aware of while researching Robert Cart watchmaker. Founded in 1904, they were a watch manufacture that became heavily involved, along with many other Swiss watch companies, in illegal arms production for the Third Reich. A post-war Swiss commission cited Dixi as the biggest provider of precision bomb fuses, which were shipped disguised as watch parts! There were other collaborators in the Swiss watch industry, most now gone, but Dixi survives as a manufacture of precision machinery tools. Ironically, today they are owned by a Japanese conglomerate.
    Wow!!
    Thats interesting - no mention to that in Pritchards Book.

    @Gurra
    Looks an OK movement - I am NOT good enough to know movements I hope others can help
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    Re: WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tick Talk View Post
    Dixi Machines SA has a very interesting history that I first became aware of while researching Robert Cart watchmaker. Founded in 1904, they were a watch manufacture that became heavily involved, along with many other Swiss watch companies, in illegal arms production for the Third Reich. A post-war Swiss commission cited Dixi as the biggest provider of precision bomb fuses, which were shipped disguised as watch parts! There were other collaborators in the Swiss watch industry, most now gone, but Dixi survives as a manufacture of precision machinery tools. Ironically, today they are owned by a Japanese conglomerate.
    Interesting - Pritchard does not mention that
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    Its an OK looking movement. Sorry I am NOT good enough to know movement manufacturers, I hope others can

    I should add the crescent and crown are the German assay marks for silver yours is 800
    You can study more here
    German Hallmarks II page 1 - Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
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    Re: WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Thank you! :)

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    Re: WHAT KIND OF WATCH?? DIXI Milan 1906 Old school Pocket Watch

    Dixi or Doxa?! Judging by the movement, it might almost be the latter.....

    The movement looks like a standard FHF pocket watch calibre which was frequently used by Doxa:

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: FHF 19'''

    The only difference between the example and yours is that you have a lepine movement so that the winding stem and mainspring barrel plus wheel switch place.

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