Hello, thank you for your reply.Welcome to the Vintage forum. At a rough guess, I'd place those between ca. 1850 and 1880. All of them are key wound and set, all of them with "Le Locle" finger bridge style and in two of them, the bridges radiate so I'd place them earlier than the other two. All are levers, none cylindres so they are among the better movements for their age. One has "Slow-Fast" on the balance cock so it was probably made for the British market.
Please do you have any useful links where I can see movements alike.Do you think any of the movements are nice enough to think about trying to find a case?
Are they typicially movements you would find in Gold casing?
Is this something an absolute novice could try?
I expect not...
Hands Photos by clocked24 | PhotobucketCasing watches is generally not so difficult, but finding empty cases (and dials) for watches from this era is no easy task, and then there's no guarantee that you'll get a correct fit. I would not be at all surprised if all five of these movements were removed from gold cases that were melted down for scrap.
If you were seriously committed to getting these movements cased, you might start looking for similar non-working watches on eBay. There are no shortage of broken watches to be found, but don't expect a 100% success rate marrying those cases to your movements. That said, you'll get better at recognizing what you're looking for as you go.