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I recently received as a gift a pocket watch that was purchased in a shop in Uraguay. It's an ELBA and the only number I can find on it is inside the case. The number showing is: 255520 and also marked "pure nickel".

Is there anyway of tracing this watch to see when it was made etc?
I have no clue.
thanks in advance.
Manny
 

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Welcome to Watchuseek! Unfortunately, without any pictures (preferably of the front, back, inside back and the movement below the inner back cover), we won't be able to help you much. It is very likely that "Elba" wasn't the maker's company but rather a brand name (rather like "Mercedes" isn't a company, it is a brand of the company Daimler-Benz). There are unfortunately several "Elbas" registered to various companies (for a comprehensive list, go to Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index and search for "ELBA"), including Invicta and Hanhart, both more notable companies.

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Yes, we can see the pictures. The watch looks nice but he movement is a little unpretentious: a four jewel cylindre escapement calibre from the early 20th century. The dial looks a little inter-war but could be earlier. I can't identify the movement but have a suspicion that the maker was Adolf Schild. Could be wrong, though so don't quote me on that, please.

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