Please Help Identify this Small Pocket Watch

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    Please Help Identify this Small Pocket Watch

    Hi, I'm hoping someone can give me a clue re this small pocket watch. It is only 3 cm / slightly more than an inch in diameter.

    It has Hioss in Edwardian Script script at 12 O'clock / 17 Jewels Incabloc at 6 O'clock / T SWISS T below the 6.

    Thanks so much, Geoff.
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    Welcome to WUS!

    You may want to post this in the vintage and pocketwatch forum on WUS. It's hard to tell much from just one picture. An open-faced pocketwatch would typically have the crown at 12:00 so I wonder if the previous owner was able to install the dial upside down. Or it was originally designed to be worn on a pin or strap of some sort. My guess is that this watch dates from the 1950's based on the style and use of incabloc shock absorbing jewels. Chances are it is in a chrome plated case. The movement is likely a 17 jewel from one of the major manufacturerd like AS or FHF. I have not heard of Kross before so it is likely that the entire watch was made for the Kross company for resale.

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    Re: Please Help Identify this Small Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    The movement is likely a 17 jewel from one of the major manufacturerd like AS or FHF.
    Amazing! How do you do that?
    Courtesy of ULF.

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    Re: Please Help Identify this Small Pocket Watch

    Given the case configuration it's possible that it's actually a car clock, not a pocket watch.

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    Strikes me as too small for a car clock and the crown assembly doesn't look appropriate for a car clock or a travel clock. It looks like a pocketwatch bow is missing.
    I just gussed on the movement maker. Opening the back will provide more info.

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    This is in fact a watch for a Nurse. The attachment for the "string" is missing. The String was short and attached to a button hole and the watch was worn outside the dress, hanging freely down, with the dial outward facing. It is fairly new, as it has hock protection, I guess post -45

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    This is in fact a watch for a Nurse. The attachment for the "string" is missing. The String was short and attached to a button hole and the watch was worn outside the dress, hanging freely down, with the dial outward facing. It is fairly new, as it has hock protection, I guess post -45
    Yes, of course. Excellent call. Nurse's watch for sure. Many were fitted with an "upside down" dial. I should have remembered that.

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    Re: Please Help Identify this Small Pocket Watch

    This small PW would make an excellent project, placing the movement and dial in a wrist watch case.
    I love the red seconds hand.

    maybe a long shot but the name - Kross - Cross, like in Red Cross?

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    Re: Please Help Identify this Small Pocket Watch

    It's got Tritium labeling on the dial so I'd say 1950s at the earliest.

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    Re: Please Help Identify this Small Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    It's got Tritium labeling on the dial so I'd say 1950s at the earliest.
    Yep. It just has "that" 50s look as well.

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