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I inherited a pocket watch that used to be my mother's. But there are no brand or maker names on the case or the movement.

Please help me identify the maker and date of this pocket watch. I've attached pictures and here are some specs:

  • Diameter 32mm
  • Thickness 10mm
  • Weight 27g
  • Case is 14K gold
  • Dial seems to be ceramic and may be hand inked
  • From what I can tell the same 14K marking, hallmark and number are on the inside of the case back and the inside of the movement cover. Is that the watch serial number?
  • Note on the case side at the 1:00 o'clock position there is some opening to the case with partial edges. I can't imagine what this was used for.
Thanks for your help in advance.

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I cannot speak for the movement ID since there were so many of these no name movements in the early 1900s. The odd little opening had a pin that you pushed to set the watch.
 

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I can't speak much for the movement either except to say that it is almost certainly Swiss or possibly French and dates to the early 20th century. It is of a low to middle grade (cylindre escapement) despite the higher class case (14K gold) and has a bridge style that was common among both generic movement makers (e.g. Adolf Schild or Fontainemelon [FHF]) but also manufactures like Phenix or the more upper class LeCoultre (who also made cylindre escapement grade movements at that time). To be able to fully identify it, one would have to look at the keyless works but this means disassembling so you would have to wait until it was serviced, if you are going to have that done at all.

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