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    Silver pocket watch and a few buttons.

    I haven't been able to get out much lately due to work and house projects. I'm finally getting around to posting a cool find from last week. I got out for a couple hours last Monday before the snow storm hit. It was a pretty bad hunt and after 2 hours I had a couple flat buttons and the front off a two piece button. I decided to leave my gear on and swing on the 30 min walk back to my car. After a couple aluminum cans and lots of shot shells, I got another slamming can signal. It was nearly dark, but I dug it anyway. I flipped the plug over and what looked like another aluminum can top was laying there. As soon as I picked it up to toss it in my pouch I realized it was a complete pocket watch. It was nearly dark and I assumed it was plated, but I wrapped it in a paper towel and headed out.

    After getting home I unwrapped the paper towel and realized some of the fob chain was still left on the watch.

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    After a quick rinse I realized it was not plated at all, but a complete silver pocket watch. I know a bit about pocket watches and realized it was most likely European from around the late 1800's to early 1900's. It was a pin set watch and I figured 80% or coin silver. Being silver, the hinges were in great shape so I knew I could get it open.

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    I was able to pry the back open and as I was expecting, it appears to be European. The inside movement cover says "Cylindre 10 Rubis". The inside movement cover appears to be plated brass so it left some green on the inside of the case.

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    I was expecting this thing to be packed with dirt, but it was relatively clean inside for spending 100 years in the dirt. All the iron parts were very rusted, but the silver and brass was in great shape.

    If this was an American made pocket watch, there would be a serial number on the movement that is easily looked up to pin down a date. These European watches do not have serial numbers.

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    Here is the total haul for the few hours I was out. It would have been one of the hunts I don't share on here if it wasnt for this watch showing up at the very end.

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    After getting it open, I cleaned off the loose dirt and verdigris from the plated movement cover. I gave the movement a spray of WD40 and let it sit for a couple days to make sure it was dry and coated to keep the iron from rusting anymore as it sits in a display case.

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    The porcelain face is in pretty rough shape, but with the light just right, you can see the numbers that used to be on it.

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    The inside of the case has a couple hallmarks, however they are pretty hard to read. One is a moon and the other is very weakly stamped. I am fairly sure this case is 80% silver or .800

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    This was a cool find for me. We always find lots of pocket watch pieces, but this was only my second complete watch... and my first silver one. They were typically plated and silver (or gold) cases were not so common. So I was pretty lucky to stumble across this signal in mid stride as I was walking back to my car.

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    Man that's a nice Silver pocket watch.
    Still on my bucket list.
    Congrats
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    Congrats! I had just found one too. Definitely not as big as yours and not precious. It's a cool find indeed.
    I wish the snooze minute was as long as the microwave minute...

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    Silver pocket watch and a few buttons.

    Beautiful watch Brad. Excellent restoration!
    Last edited by Scrappy; Mar 19, 2017 at 08:12 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Relicific View Post
    Man that's a nice Silver pocket watch.
    Still on my bucket list.
    Congrats
    Thanks Relicific! I was certainly surprised... a silver watch wasnt even on my radar! I was fully expecting to wash that dirt off and see plating.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter101 View Post
    Congrats! I had just found one too. Definitely not as big as yours and not precious. It's a cool find indeed.
    Thank you Hunter101! Its always cool to find them complete every now and then. Congrats on yours as well man.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
    Beautiful watch Brad. Excellent restoration!
    HA! Nice one man. Naa, definitely not a rare watch at all and not as nice as an early American watch... but still a cool thing to dig. Would have been much cooler if it was an early key wind pocket watch.

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    Great find, Brad-a silver pocket watch is a rare find and yours seems to be in great shape. Have you tried using silver polish on the case? This one might be a good candidate for a good cleaning/polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownNDirty View Post
    Great find, Brad-a silver pocket watch is a rare find and yours seems to be in great shape. Have you tried using silver polish on the case? This one might be a good candidate for a good cleaning/polish.
    Thanks a ton Glenn! I didn't use any cleaners on it yet. Just rinsed it off and used a wet q-tip to get some of the dirt off. After I got the case open, I did stick it in my ultrasonic cleaner with a drop of dish soap to try and get some of the dirt out of the hard to reach areas.

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    Beautiful watch and restoration Brad, love the play by play as always. Hopefully that snow melts soon
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    Wow very cool find congrats....

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    Nice find Brad. That will look really nice displayed open like that. You treat all of your relics with great care which is very admirable

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    Might be German from 1870 to 1918.

    The German Hallmark for Silver was a halfmoon at this time. Also 800 and 830 were often-used standards at this time in Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namxat View Post
    Might be German from 1870 to 1918.

    The German Hallmark for Silver was a halfmoon at this time. Also 800 and 830 were often-used standards at this time in Germany.
    Excellent! Thanks a ton namxat I haven't had a chance to really look into it yet. Great to know a little more about it and it sounds like its probably 80% after all.

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    Super nice find! I am thinking that you may have a Pocket Watch made by a Watch/Pocket Watch Maker Cooperative in Germany, Switzerland or possibly another country that I am unaware of. There were several Cooperatives and a very famous one in Germany (I believe) called the Glashütte Cooperative in Glashütte, Germany. There are many "Cylindre 10 Rubis" Pocket Watches produced and since there were so many different and somewhat different Movements used in them, leads me to believe that they were produced by a Watch/Pocket Watch Maker Cooperative.


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