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  1. So following on from a bit more digging around this, I saw a youtube video of somebody removing the back of a watch that looked similar. The back case is removed by turning it - I had been looking for a small part to pry up. I had assumed that this was a WW2 watch like a few others out there that I have found - however, the mechanism is distinctly different looking from any of the other examples. To my untrained eye it looks like a few parts may be missing but despite that, the differences in set up are quite distinct. I found this website here - https://www.elginnumbers.com/index.
  2. Thanks for coming back to me on that this and providing the useful tool. I tried to adjust the crown as suggested - took a firm pull but the mechanism is now very smooth and it adjusts and winds up beautifully! I will update this thread if I manage to get it serviced with images (assuming people are interested). A great piece of history - thank you for helping me find a bit more about it.
  3. Thanks both for your help and guidance, really interesting stuff, especially tracing back the sponsor's mark! It's very cool to know that previous service dates were scratched into the metal to mark it. It gives it a real sense of history! With a deep breath I did as Karrusel suggested and managed to pop the back open. Very cool to see the inner workings. Does this mechanism look like it might be the sort of thing that might be cost proportionate to have serviced? I have no idea if it is a particularly complex mechanism for a watch or not! I will try to find a local watchma
  4. Thanks for that suggestion. Coincidentally I was just looking at the assay office. Can I ask which part makes it look Swiss? Would be really interested in knowing why the back side is totally empty. What is the purpose of that bit? From my own research it looks like from the first photo that the case was assayed in London (looks like the mark is a Lion?), the 9 375 suggests that it is 9k and the style of the letter G on the left hand side suggest that it is from 1881-1882 (https://theassayoffice.com/home/date-letters?searchLetters=G). Does that match up with anyone elses view?
  5. Hello everyone, Just wanted to quickly introduce myself. I have joined this forum seeking your friendly expert advice and guidance on how to deal with 3 watches. I recently inherited two unusual pocket watches with unknown history and have decided that it is high time to get a Carrera Calibre 5 that I was bought for my 18th birthday in 2007 it's first full service (I know, I know!). In my defence it was too fine a watch for me at the time (mostly wear a hardwearing and disposable Casio F-91W) and it is still too nice for me now so it has sat in it's box for years, only worn on s
  6. Good afternoon, I am new to the forum and after much googling, have joined here to ask for your advice on some recent inheritances as this seems the nicest and most knowledgeable site I could find. I have just posted another topic about my mothers Dad's watch that was found in a drawer. I would really appreciate any information you could provide on the below: Pictured is a second watch that I recently inherited. Again, similar to the first (seems to be a common story!) it was found in a box by my Dad when he was going through some of his fathers things. He has been dead for ma
  7. Good afternoon, I am new to the forum and after much googling, have joined here to ask for your advice on some recent inheritances as this seems the nicest and most knowledgeable site I could find. I would really appreciate any information you could provide on the below: Pictured is a watch that I recently inherited. It was found in a box by my mum when she was going through some of my grandad's estate. He has been dead for many years and the watch has laid in what looks like waxed brown paper in a shoebox for a very long time. Unfortunately, it's history is unknown but my
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