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How old is your pocket watch?




How old is your watch?

10 criteria for dating pocket watches


 

+/- 5 years

 

1.

winding system

keywound

1700-1885

 

 

 

crown wind and lateral pushers

1850-1930

 

 

 

crown wind without lateral pushers

1890-today

 

 

 

2.

bracket form

round

1850-1910

 

 

(when crown wind)

oval

1890-today

 

 

 

square

1910-today

 

 

 

3.

escapement

verge

1700-1845

 

 

 

cylinder

1790-1925

 

 

 

pin lever

1870-1975

 

 

 

chronometer

1775-1915

 

 

 

dent-anchor

1800-1900

 

 

 

Swiss lever (traight anchor)

1840-1900

 

 

 

Swiss lever (Switzerland)

1855-today

 

 

 

Swiss lever (Glashütte)

1850-1945

 

 

 

 

4.

balance

balance, without screws

1840-1885

 

 

 

compensation-balance, bimetal

1820-1945

 

 

 

monometal-balance, with screws

1875-1970

 

 

 

balance with screws (shock protection)

1965-today

 

 

 

 

5.

spring

Breguet spring (blue)

1820-1945

 

 

 

Breguet spring (white)

1920-1955

 

 

 

flat spring (white)

1920-today

 

 

 

 

6.

hands

only hour hand

1700-1750

 

 

 

 + minute hand

1700-today

 

 

 

 + second hand

1750-today

 

 

 

 

7.

dial

metal

1700-today

 

 

 

enamel

1775-1945

 

 

 

luminous

1915-today

 

 

 

 

8.

numerals

roman

1700-today

 

 

 

arabic (classic)

1780-today

 

 

 

 + red numbers (13-24)

1900-1925

 

 

 

 

9.

jewels

fitted (chatoniert)

1700-1945

 

 

 

pressed

1925-today

 

 

 

shock protection

1945-today

 

 

 

 

10.

special movements

pocket stopwatch (compteur)

1825-today

 

 

 

pocket chronograph

1875-today

 

 

 

repeating movement on bell

1700-1820

 

 

 

repeating movement on gong

1780-today

 

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Listed by Patrik-Philipp Huber.
The figures are taken from the book "Wie alt ist meine Tasche- oder Armbanduhr"
by Bernhard Schmeltzer, publishing by K. Schmeltzer-Duisburg
All details are without guarantee.

 

 

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