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    Who can tell me about this watch?

    Hi all, new member here.

    Can anyone give me any insight into this watch, who the maker is, where it is from, what the movement is?


    The movement says INVAR on it and has a serial number 013970
    The inside of the movement cover says 14k 13728
    The inside back cover says 13728 14k and C.M.I. - as does the inside of the front cover.


    I was just doing some clearing out and came across it, I inherited it from somewhere and would like to know a bit about it.


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    Re: Who can tell me about this watch?

    Hi and welcome
    It is a beautiful 18kt gold, Swiss half hunter pocket watch

    INVAR is the trade name of HIRSCH, ARCHILLE La Chaux de Fonds
    Import letters CMI (Compaigne Des Montres Invar)

    Company was founded 1875 by Archille Hirsch

    Long , Long history of watchmaking
    INVAR was listed in 1920. It ran an advert in 1923 for pocket watches (probably like yours)

    I have 4+ pages on the cmpany, with sdome advets.

    Very, very nice watch

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    Re: Who can tell me about this watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Hi and welcome
    It is a beautiful 18kt gold, Swiss half hunter pocket watch

    INVAR is the trade name of HIRSCH, ARCHILLE La Chaux de Fonds
    Import letters CMI (Compaigne Des Montres Invar)

    Company was founded 1875 by Archille Hirsch

    Long , Long history of watchmaking
    INVAR was listed in 1920. It ran an advert in 1923 for pocket watches (probably like yours)

    I have 4+ pages on the cmpany, with sdome advets.

    Very, very nice watch

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Kathleen Pritchard Swiss Timemakers
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    Thanks, I have done some research into those three now, and I think it is a Hirsch, art deco dating from somewhere around 1920-1930. It is 14carat gold i believe due to the 14k not 18k stamp.

    Tomorrow I am getting the contact details of a watch specialist in Geneva. It needs a bit of work to make it perfect because the glass comes off when you open the front cover so you have to be very gentle with it. Hopefully he will be able to give me more info.

    Thanks, and anyone with any more info would be great to hear from you.

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    Re: Who can tell me about this watch?

    Yes. 14kt just my typo.
    rest is correct
    glass just needs refitted, an easy job
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