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  1. Good afternoon, As a collector of old Zenith watches, I am not only interested in the technology, but also in the history of these watches. As you know, Zenith started supplying their watches to countries all over the world at the end of the 19th century. Larger orders from institutions first came from the railway companies of some countries, later government orders were added, especially for the military. From around 1914, Zenith also supplied the British government with Mark IV A pocket watches for the RFC and later for the RNAS. From 1916, Mark V watches were also added. I have been researching these MK IV and MK V watches for a few weeks now, but also the H.S. 3 watches by Zenith from WW II. The technology of the watches is known to me so far, also most of the calibres up to the manufacturer codes on the dials of the MK V watches. The patent situation for the Octava movement is also known as far as it goes. Where I get stuck is the military standards of the time for these watches. Which British institution was responsible for the standardisation and are these still accessible somewhere? Where could I find sources or information on the further details of these watches? Are there any British online archives of historical records from the period relating to military watches? Or has something similar already been discussed here in the forum? A link to such topics would already help me. To avoid misunderstandings, I am talking about watches of this type: If anyone has questions about their own Zenith pocket watches, I would be happy to try to answer them. Many greetings, Herold
  2. I acquired this watch 30 years ago, totally forgot about it until my antiques mad 8 year old son found it. Does anyone know anything about it and its possible value?
  3. First post here so bare with me.. I have recently purchased a Swiss watch which is branded as a Rone incabloc and a 17 jewel. I loved the look of the vintage/worn dial and so I grabbed it! I tried doing abit of research on the Rone brand but found very little info apart from they produced Swiss made watches from about 1920s - 70s. Also there are very few Rone watches available to purchase I have only seen a few on eBay but none of the same model as mine. If anyone knows anything about it please share. i tried to add a photo of mine but won’t let me for some reason :(
  4. Hello all! We've been sorting through my grandparent's house, as my Grandma died recently, and have found a number of watches. We're fairly sure none of them are worth anything and most of them are in pretty bad knick but we know nothing about watches and haven't managed to find much useful info online. Is anyone able to tell us anything about any of these watches; age, origin, rarity, value, anything at all would be interesting! My Grandad died in the late 80's so none of the men's watches are likely to be newer than that, and my Grandma was unlikely to have bought anything since the 90's. We have found a few items and relics around the house from great and great great grandparents so it's not beyond the realms of possibility that some of these are older. I'm happy to give more info or other pictures if I can if people want them. Some of the brands are: Rovac, Citizen, Astral, Vertex, Montine International, Buler, Rotary, Accurist and Pulsar. Here are the photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmRTLmCA
  5. Hope I'm posting this (my first post) in the right spot.......having just been passed a pocket watch believed to have belonged to one of my Great Grandparents, I'm interested to find out a little more about it before perhaps trying to restore it in some way. First looks on the net suggest this is probably nothing special at all (I don't know anything about pocket watches) but with the family connection this for me is more about history and a mini project rather than value. I have included a few pictures below and would be grateful for any insight from members, particularly re the manufacturer, mens / ladies? (only c 35mm wide) and rough date range. Unfortunately the condition is pretty poor, dirty, no glass, one hand (I assume there should be 2?), winding mechanism appears stuck, damaged face etc etc Appreciate any insight or suggestions of where I might be able to look to do more research. Many thanks,
  6. My mother and I have recently taken up watch repair after inheriting some broken pocket watches. We have two watches that are proving rather tricky, both have an English lever which appears to have a broken pivot, it seems that the pivot may have been a jewel since there was some residue in the bearing on one of the watches. I’m very new to this so I’m sorry if I’ve said anything silly so far, please correct me if anything I’ve said is wrong. We haven’t had much luck searching the problem since we’re not strictly sure what we should be searching for, so any help would be appreciated. I’ve only just realised how to add images, I’m new here too so apologies again!
  7. Hi I have recently joined the forum to try to identify who made them and if their is any value in them one is an old timex and a silver pocket watch c lyon or g lyon Doncaster and the gold one I don't have a clue, I will try to upload the pictures but struggling to do it.
  8. I can't seem to be able to upload the pictures of the watches
  9. Sculptor Susan Beatrice recycles old watch parts and turns them into fascinating artistic creations like the ones below. She has the gift to pull elegant forms out of lifeless machinery. Even if you are not a steampunk fan you will probably still enjoy this.
  10. Hi all, I got my hands on some old watches, however it is difficult to get some information on them! I will make different topics out of them to keep it a bit organised, please have a look at them. I am curious if you masterminds could help me a bit with this Thank you for having a look!
  11. Hi I'm trying to identify the following pocket watch movement it is in a solid silver Dennison watch case, UK Birmingham Hallmark dating 1915. I have no doubt watch and case are originally paired. The watch keeps excellent time and I am loathed to start stripping it down without good reason, to try and find more marks or serial number. The movement appears to be a 15 jewel separate bridge design with: 'US PAT 24 MAY 1904' being the only inscription on the movement. The centre / train bridge is quite a distinctive shape, but I have thus far been unable to identify its maker/calibre from various online reference sites or books, like the excelent Cooksey Shugart complete price guide to watches. The movement is 41mm diameter US 15 size I'd be grateful for any help to identify the maker of this movement. Many Thanks Jim https://imgur.com/a/XMMP5BZ Had real trouble trying to use the insert image from URL feature, can anyone give me some tips.. .
  12. Hi, I have an old pocket watch with the words: JAs J Dagg, 242 Scotland Road, Liverpool, on the watch face. I’m wondering what the history behind it is, and approximately what year it would have been manufactured? (I want to post some photos of it on here, but I’m not having the option to do it.)
  13. Here You can see some pictures I made when making a pallet for a good old pocket watch movement... http://forum.watch.ru/showpost.php?p=5674582&postcount=485
  14. Hello, I’n not sure that this is the right place in the forum but as I am new and it said pocket watch I’ve posted here. Having decided I wanted to take up a new hobby I’ve settled on pocket watches, understanding how they work and maybe one day being able to take one apart and fix it. What I am after from you all is some advice covering the following points: - books or YouTube video to study to understand and learn the skills - recommended tool kit sets to dismantle and reassemble a pocket watch (when I am brave enough) - types of movements that are best to practice on (ease and simplicity as well as quantity of spare parts available) - best sources for movements and watches, eBay, forum members, websites etc. - anything else that would be helpful Thanks, Andy
  15. Hi y'all, so in short, the guy that sold me the watch says it's at least 110-120 years old, and he also said it's from Switzerland. now! the pocket watch does not have any markings by the manufacturer, other than a small logo, that i could best describe as a Star, with a half moon under it, the watch is an Ancre movement, Spiral briguet, 15 jubis.
  16. I am wondering if anyone can help me 'pin the tail on the donkey' with a pocket watch that came in a bundle of watches I bought. I have gone down my usual routes of trying to get info on the movement and the case, and I have come up with nothing. It was made between 1880 and 1933 (stamped with grouse), but, my guess is around 1900. the case has a 'linked chain' logo which I guess is the case makers mark and the movement has a capital i within a diamond stamped on the barrel bridge. I would appreciate any help as I am totally lost with this one.
  17. Hi, I am relatively new to the world of watches and have acquired a Services pocket watch which seems to be the same as that in the picture but with the late 50's to early 70's Services brand logo on the dial. It has a Wotania 1 jewel unadjusted movement. The gold finish is thin and worn off. Can anyone tell me anything about this watch and what the gold finish was? I think it may have been a 'contract watch’ badge engineered for Services. Thanks in advance Services Logos https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cImqnnO_MlZSoOqkvhs-777kFtFqiGHY/view?usp=sharing Watch Picture https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BsxjJm-SN7j7Raa5jDkznhVztd3YdYwO/view?usp=sharing
  18. Hello Community, I am pretty new member of the watch community so I might be asking silly questions. Apologies if this happens. I recently came in possession of a Bernex Watch (BN 24101). Although I like the watch itself I realize I know very little of the brand and don't really find a way to communicate with the makers (whereabouts, etc...) Does anyone know this brand? Is this a relatively well-known business? As I am relatively neophyte, I feel it might be easy to do an otherwise ill-advised purchase. Many thanks !
  19. Hi all, I am looking for some advice as I have no idea what to look for at all..... Me and my partner are god parents at the christening of our best friends boy in a few weeks, and we are fairly set on getting him a pocket watch as a gift for when he is older, as his father received one at his christening and loves it. We have a budget of around £150 and would prefer a wind up (like his dads), but other than that I don't really know what to look for. Any advice on brands etc would be hugely appreciated.
  20. Hi All I have recently inherited a Badollet pocket watch and I am wondering what approximate age it is. (For some reason, the forum is not allowing me to upload pictures.) It Has a Badollet movement and the case has LFB stamp on it with the code i038i stamped bust below it. The case is extremely ornately designed with a very intricate face and it has a key for which to wind it up. It looks like it is silver plated. Does anyone by any chance know what approximate age and value this is? Unfortunately, it is missing the minute hand and the glass that is supposed to cover the face. Thank You Matt
  21. Hi All, I’m Tom, random member with some random watches. Everything from a GShock....to a soon to arrive Panerai with a splattering of Pulsar, CWC, Tag, Dunhill and Montblanc in the middle. Looking forward to chatting to you all! Very best.
  22. I was generously given this nice watch from my wife's family some time ago but it's been sitting in a safe for years. Having recently "found" it again, I have been trying to establish its history. What I've gleaned from the internet so far.... Brook & Son traded between 1891 & 1941 and were based at 87, George Street, Edinburgh. They were successors to Marshall & Sons. Alexander James Steel Brook's father started working at Marshalls in 1853, Alexander himself worked there from 1873. In 1891 they acquired Marshall's, and restyled the business as Brook & Son. They appointed Daniel Stewart as designer, and in 1935 it was noted that he had been with Brook & Son for 42 years. Following Alexander's death in 1908, the firm passed to his son, William, who died in 1941. Hamilton & Inches have resided at 87 George Street since 1952 and the founders would almost certainly have known Brook & Son. I'm not sure whether the Brook & Son Company was consumed by H&I. The Brook & Son name and address looks like it could have been engraved by the same person who engraved some of the Hamilton & Inches pocket watches I have seen elsewhere on this forum. The casing has a London hallmark with an 1888 date letter. The "RB" sponsors mark is possibly that of Richard Macaire Ball who was a specialist watch case maker. He was born in 1820 in Clerkenwell, London and was the son of Richard John Ball, also a watch case maker. I have not been able to find another photo of the same sponsors mark or links to any other watch cases he made. I would be interested to find out further information about Brook & Son and Richard Macaire Ball, if he was actually the case maker. Thanks, Richard
  23. Hi there! My grandfather left me and my twin brother two pocket watches. I've only got 1 picture of them at the moment, but can get more of them. I was wondering if anyone could tell me a little something about them. Best regards Mats Agbo
  24. Hello. I am after Information regarding a pocket watch that has come into my possession following the death of my Father. There is no makers name on the outer case or face of the watch. The only identifying marks are N.S.W.G.R. on the face, and L 5183 engraved on the back. I belieive this shows it is a railway watch that was given to a driver for the NSW Railways? Any information that anyone could share would be appreciated. Our aim is to sell the watch to raise funds for our Mother, but would like to know a little more about the watch first. Having a bit of trouble posting an image to the site, but have a pic on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.558410164188820.152758.100000595236734&type=1#!/photo.php?fbid=558410344188802&set=a.558410164188820.152758.100000595236734&type=3&theater Cheers
  25. Hello, my name is Alexander I am a 32 year old pharmacy technician. I am originally from Canada, but currently live in the United States. I am rather new to watch collecting and repair, but have always had an interest in mechanical objects. My small collection consists primarily of pocketwatches from the latter half of the nineteenth century. I do own two or three pocketwatch from the pre-war era and one watch from the late eighteenth century. My repair experience is extremely limited. I am certain that I will be asking many questions and will be happy for any advise I am given.
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