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Hello all, this watch is a project I am going to concentrate on for a while, I will be finding a proper crystal, clean the dial, service the movement, Get new Hands, Clean and polish the nickel case and get a display back manufactured for it. Date of manufacture on this is 1903, Omega produced movement, watch sold through a Jewellers company carries their name Henry Bockstruck Located in St.Paul Minneapolis.
The watchmaker who made or put together the watch is German from what I can gather. Watch was assembled in USA.
All of 35 dollars it cost me...
 

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Now that's a watch worth fixing up.

Unusual hidden crown and ratchet wheel with screw release
for the click.
I look forward to pics of the winding arrangement.
Do you know which Omega cal this is?
Good luck with this and I know we'll see a cracking watch reborn.
 

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Well, I am uncertain of the Omega Cal. But the Serial does match up nicely with the Assumed date of Manifacture available from Omega, it is very similar to Longines movements from around 1900-15(albeit this one is way more decorated) , so maybe I'm off, or on the wrong tangent with identification. The watch Maker Henry Bockstruck was known to use Omega Movements Or Maybe his own manufactured Movement in his watches or modification there off, I had not seen any Longines or see any mention of them if they exist in his watches, just an observation of the design similarities.

** Curiously enough when I enter the serial into Longines database for dates , it comes out Manufacture 1907.
With the Omega site it says, 1903-07
Weird.
So maybe someone can tell me who exactly Manufactured this.
 

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This one I purchased of E-bay, saw the movement and did a little looksy first online , looked to be a pretty thing so I reckoned was a good candidate for a restoration..
I just mentioned the jewellery store because it is where the watch came from originality 95 or so years ago :)
 

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I just mentioned the jewellery store because it is where the watch came from originality 95 or so years ago :)
I just thought that you might like to hear that the jeweler stayed in business long after he sold the watch. At the time the watch was sold, Bockstruck's was the premier jewelery store, in town. At that time St Paul was a lumber and railroad center, the most recognizable name, would be the Weyerhauser's but the railroad barons had more money.
 

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I'd be more likely to guess longines then omega; by 1903, Omega was using their own version of the american system for watch production, and I think most of their designs were 3/4 plate. Longines was still using individual cocks on theirs. Here's an Omega jobber from a friend of mine:
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And a Longines jobber from the same era:
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The Longines above is from 1913, and is a calibre 13.33.
 

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Wish I knew more about Mr. Bockstruck, I was happy to find out the Jewellery store was open so long, thanks for the information BTW . My research into the company and it's watch making history is very limited(not much available online), I found only some mention of watch making Early on in the businesses history, I guess they possibly bought watch movements and refinished them to higher standards, or special orders? I saw a few examples of pocket watches they were also very impressive.
 

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OOuuwiiieee, nice ones, yes, I would have to lean more towards Longines, But guessing is half the fun, well by that reckoning the watch movement was created in 1907, I can't wait to see what it will look like when it's all fixed up, it does not look to be a large challenge the case is solid nickel ( easy to clean up ), the movement does not look like it's seen the light of day for some time, no scrapes or missing bits, no finger prints, for that matter no service marks either !!.
 
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