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I'm finally able to post photos. Can anyone help me identify this watch?
 

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I know a bit about these types of watches, having inherited one and restored it, though I'm hoping that someone who knows more will come along and fill us in with more detailed knowledge.

Just searching for "Jno JONES, 338 Strand, London" turns up a couple of results, most illustratively for another watch of his, presumably quite similar:

Nicely detailed silver crystal (flat glass) case hallmarked London 1868, casemaker AT (Alford Thickbroom, Clerkenwell). Capped fullplate fusee movement engraved for Jones. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Perfect one-piece enamel dial signed for both Jones and its Indian retailer. 50 mm diameter.

John Jones (1815-1909), 338 Strand, London, a most influential if now little known watchmaker who played an important part in the founding of the British Horological Institute in 1858. His 1870's stationery shows him as maker to HM the Queen, the Emperor of Russia, the Khedive of Russia and the Indian Government, as well as the East Indian, the Great Indian Peninsular and Other Railways. See also the important article on him by Alan Shenton in
Clocks , August 1979."

https://www.antiquewatchstore.com/home/3228-jno-jones-london-no-20294-for-merwanjee-cursetjee-watch-maker-.html (site currently offline, had to go to Google cache to retrieve above)

It appears that the case on your example is gold, with maker's mark CBH, which another search shows is probably C. B. Holliday:

1865 C.B. Holliday CBH 18K English Fusee Pocket Watch
https://empress.cc/collections/pocket-watches/products/1865-c-b-holliday-cbh-18k-english-fusee-pocket-watch

Note that the price is about $1,500 for a watch with a much fancier engraved gilt face.

A check of the hallmarks, if you can read them with certainty, would date the case - it appears to be a lower-case "b" which would indicate 1857 according to my references.
 

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Lradancer75...Hello. A quick note: a good watchmaker will be able to straighten your hour hand. On an old watch like this, the process CAN be a bit nerve-wracking, but doable. Michael.
 
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