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    Yet another Font trench watch

    I was working on this one tonight, came in a junk bag, along with a near identical, but lower jeweled donor movement with a better dial - whew!



    In a Dennison Moon (20 year) case...



    Swiss 15 jewel Movement Dominex As you can seen, no crown wheel (but the donor has one)



    ...and what do you know, it is yet another bridge variation of Marc's favourite movement. With the Patent number CH51482 (as usual). There is yet another small variation in the cover plate of the setting works, looks like a whale eating a dolphin to me. Someone was having fun in the design office that day.



    The patented setting works:



    The movement's setting works - as per the patent:



    Houston, we have a problem (some bodger sheered the crown wheel screw off - did they not realise its a LH), photo shows after I've 1/2 extracted the screw.



    Got it.



    It also had a broken case screw - poor thing.



    Easy to get out though.



    Under the barrel bridge is the old fashioned, Fontainemelon logo of an arrow through an apple - william tell.



    The 15 jewel movement has 2 broken balance olive jewels, the 13 jewel donor has some rust. The 15 is negative set, as is the case - but I don't have an outer stem. Decisions decisions, burnished balance jewels are not fun...

    You didn't think I was done did you? Nope. That's it for tonight.
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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Very interesting!!

    Under the barrel bridge for the makers mark..... they dont make it easy!!

    Do you know the year of yours??

    So far I am up to 4 (And I think the black dial I have coming is the 5th).......

    1914 is very different.... with the base plate haiving a completely different layout!






    They to 1916... hunter cased watch.... looks like the whale has different intentions!





    Another 1916... in the screw dennison case.... higher grade 17j movement... but looks very similar!!






    then... there is a jump to 1923... different again!







    So, the last three have the same basic base plate layout... which looks similar to yours.... for ease.... it would be good if yours dated between 1916 and 1923... but it could be later!

    The first one of mine - 1914.... is very different!


    My question is.... are all these classed as the same 13''' cal?
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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post

    So, the last three have the same basic base plate layout... which looks similar to yours.... for ease.... it would be good if yours dated between 1916 and 1923... but it could be later!

    The first one of mine - 1914.... is very different!


    My question is.... are all these classed as the same 13''' cal?
    Very nice post Trim.

    Sparcster, If these are all 12-13L then I think they are cal 26 of which there are 24 variations..
    261, 261-2, 261-2N, 262,263,264 etc etc.
    So you might have a cal 2619& a2614 here looking at the stamped numbers.

    There is also the 27 series with 14 variations, these use different staffs to the 26 series.
    All the 26 series used the same staff and all the 27 series used the same staff but different from
    the 26. There would be variations in layout and other parts.
    Info is from a Ronda staff catalogue.

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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    I think they are cal 26 of which there are 24 variations...

    Only 24.... still have a long way to go to get a complete set!!

    Thanks for the info on this..... I will compare my stems.....

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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Good info on staffs and variations Radger.

    Marc - I don't know the year, although sometime before about 1924 (due to the 20 year guarantee on the case) being outlawed 1st Jan 1924 in the USA. The logo is similar to others from the teens, but I am no dennison expert.

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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Here is another trench watch with a Font movement (I think)
    Mine is in a Borgel case.
    It needs a new glass, second hand and main spring.
    I might get around to it to have it fixed.
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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Sounds pretty quick and easy to get done Kurt.

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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    I know.
    I just don't know if I want to spend the money on it.
    The guy I used to bring my odd watches for repairs has closed down.
    Now I need to find another one.
    I went to one guy in Lambton Quay with my 1820 ultra thin watch to have it repaired and he thought it was watch from the 1930's and to top it off he wanted $$$$ to do it.
    In the end it was cheaper to send it to the guy I bought it from in Canada. Including potage it was only $.

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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Quote Originally Posted by kurtnz View Post
    I know.
    I just don't know if I want to spend the money on it.
    The guy I used to bring my odd watches for repairs has closed down.
    Now I need to find another one.
    I went to one guy in Lambton Quay with my 1820 ultra thin watch to have it repaired and he thought it was watch from the 1930's and to top it off he wanted $$$$ to do it.
    In the end it was cheaper to send it to the guy I bought it from in Canada. Including potage it was only $.
    If you don't mind me asking Kurt, who was your guy in Wellington? Apparently there is someone up on the Kapiti coast who is pretty good. I will double check his name.
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    Re: Yet another Font trench watch

    Having just replaced the mainspring, according to the GS mainspring reference, this one is a 26/26N, the N being the negative set version.
    Last edited by trim; April 2nd, 2012 at 09:20.

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