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can anyone tell me anything about my pocket watch please, the makers stamp is BB, the hallmark is 3 sheaves of corn i think Chester, the date letters are ff, and it as a 9 and 375 stamp as well, on the front it is called PRIMA, it also has PRIMA on the inside,it says 17 jewels, Swiss Made , I found a link that says the Benson brothers of Liverpool registered watch case 1927, this watch was a Present for 40 years service in 1933. This is my very first post so sorry if i got anything wrong and many thanks for reading, steve. p.s it also has the numbers 9 4 0 3 , stamped below the other hallmarks.
 

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You have a very nice pocket watch there - probably new when it was given in 1933. The maker could be one of a number of Primas. The movement looks rather like something by Cyma, but I could be wrong there (sometimes, different makers' movements resemble each other and I am not aware of either a link between Cyma and one of the Primas or of Cyma movements generally found in watches by other makers):

bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Cyma 19'''B

Hartmut Richter

Quick addition: the snail cam fine adjustment is one frequently used by Zenith but also by other makers (Ulysse Nardin) - not that this implies a link between Prima and one of these makers.....
 

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thank you for taking the time to reply , i can see some similarity to the one you said , but to be honest im new to the forums its my first and only pocket watch and a lot of others seem to have something similar, i just hope someone sees it and knows a bit about it , do you think its just an average watch, like i said i know nothing about them , again many thanks for your time
 

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Oh good! That suggests that the watch may well have been made by Cyma after all. In any case, it is definitely an above average sort of watch. Not in the Patek Philippe league, by any means, but it has all the hallmarks of a precision watch: snail cam regulator, Breguet hairspring, temperature compensation screws on the balance, presumably also a bimetallic split balance, jewels in chatons.....

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i will have to look up everything you said because it all double dutch to me , but can i assume its at least a decent watch , thanks steve
 

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hi thanks for the info,so you think it more connected to marvin than to cyma, i will do a bit of reading on what you say , if you know anymore i would be gratefull, thanks for taking the time to reply , steve.
 

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a lot of Primas hartmut , looks like i will never know the true origin :-(, steve. also i found out ff is 1931 chester hallmark
 

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hi jedanzoom/hartmut, i have today left my watch with a vintage watch repairer who is a member of the BHI, he is going to take out the movement for me and try to trace/distinguish the parts for me and so try to find who made the movement, i will post any info i may get from him, thanks for your replies, steve
 

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BACK CASE.jpg BACK OF MOVEMENT.jpg GT MARK.jpg INSIDE BACK MOVEMENT.jpg FACTORY NAMES.jpg THOMMEN REVUE.jpg G THOMMEN-PRIMA.jpg HI HARTMUT/JED i have got my watch back today , heres a few pics of the back of the movement, not very god quality pics im afraid ,but at least you can see the back of it ,the third pic shows the makers stamp its GT ,it stands for Gedeon Thommen,1859, after his death is son Alphonse founded the Thommen company, 1905, in the 1980,s it became known Revue Thommen, hope this may help future people looking into Prima. regards steve.
 

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wow see what you mean hartmut thanks for showing me , i think im getting the bug , (haha) im just glad even though i know nothing about pocket watches ,it does not stop me researching stuff and maybe be able to add some second hand knowledge to the group, you have been helpful from the start and i thank you for your patience and time, regards steve.. p.s you can definatly see the resemblence between my prima/g thommen , and the revue thommen ,s you posted , i think its a def.
 
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