Here we have a nice little French pocket watch – the diameter of the watch without crown is 34mm.
Is is a bit dirty and needs some attention …
A serial number - 46493
The movement - 15 jewels and a lot of dirt
Apart from the dirt, the enameled face is in great shape - no cracks, no dints
starting to take apart the movement ...
Balance wheel with balance cock, pallets with pallet cock
The barrel bridge with click and click spring - most parts are marked with 3 strokes
Bottom plate with setting mechanism and markings - *6*93 1961 10
wheel bridge removed
The parts coming out of the cleaning solution
lined up and dry
that looks better!
starting the assembly
wheels going into place
carefully placing the wheel bridge. I use a pegwood stick to nudge the wheels into their jewels
checking that the pallets are properly in place before tightening the pallet bridge
bottom plate assembled
and the balance and balance cock back into place
dial and hands on, movement back into its case
Service done. This is a very cute pocket watch with a great dial!
Now I will regulate the watch over the next couple of days and see how well it performs.
I really wonder when this watch was made – I think I will completely ignore the “1961” on the plate – that has to be a number that is not date related.
What strikes me is that the case number (46493) and the markings on the plate (*6*93) both contain “93” – so my guess is that the movement was made in 1893. Or am I completely barking up the wrong tree here?
Any help in dating / identifying this watch are greatly appreciated!