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  1. Also called a "swan-neck" regulator or "micrometric" regulator. The presence of such a regulator is generally a sign of quality, since such fine regulation would only be worthwhile on a watch of quality.
  2. Just looking at it, I can say it's late 19th-century/early 20th-century. And that it's solid silver. That's about it. Best of luck with the key. Those can be fiddly things...
  3. Once that case is gone, you'll never find another one. Remember that. Nobody makes watch-cases anymore. Think about what you're doing. You're destroying a piece of history if that case is melted. You can throw the movement under a truck once you're done, because you wont' find anywhere else to put it.
  4. You misunderstand what I mean by a 'showpiece'. I don't necessarily mean that it's something to flaunt around and show off and try to impress anyone with. I meant that these days, pocketwatches are made to be novelty items. Not to be taken seriously. They're cheaply made for the most part, and not designed to last. They're a temporary thing to buy, whirl around, and then chuck out, just like everything else made today. This is different from when pocketwatches were in their prime, and they were bought for a specific purpose and used for that purpose. They were status symbols and import
  5. Greetings, drunk bearded man with a red pointy hat, stuck at the bottom of the garden under the rosebush! Welcome to our forum. To answer a few of your questions... The skeleton pocketwatch is REALLY a modern thing. To find a vintage skeleton watch (they were called "salesman's watches") is pretty hard. Keep in mind that these days, pocketwatches are NOT TIMEPIECES. THEY ARE SHOWPIECES. They're designed to be seen, shown off, look pretty and cute...but keep time? I wouldn't trust them so much. Why do you think they have skeleton watches? To show off. You have to understand:
  6. You've got some real gems in your collection, Shiner! I wish my watches looked half as nice as yours!
  7. You've got some very nice chains + waistcoats, Shiner. I think I like this last one the best.
  8. Eek!! Don't pull out the crown! You'll damage the watch!! There's a lever at the 4 o'clock position. Pull THAT out (it pops out a few milimeters), then turn the crown to set the time. Then pop the lever back in. You have what's called a "lever set" watch. And what looks like a very nice one. Don't wreck it!
  9. In the 1860s, key-operated watches were still very common. Yours is a keyless watch, and so is too modern for the Civil War.
  10. It reminded me of those OMEGA limited edition pocketwatches. The shape is similar...but I suspect that this is faaaaar away from Omega's quality. I agree. I think your very English-sounding watch was probably made in China.
  11. Forget whatever the writing is! Find a better pen! It leaked and the invisible ink went all over the watch. Now we can't find it...
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