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I am so glad I found this forum.

I inherited a pocket watch that had been in a safe deposit box for nealy 40 years. I have been trying to find out as much about it as possible. I have many American made pocket watches but this is my first Swiss made one so I have very little reference material to look at.

I am not sure how to grade the watch or if there is even a grading system.

What I do know is it was purchased by my great grandfather in Montanna sometime around 1910. The dial has the name of the jeweler who sold it and it is housed in a 14K solid gold A.W.C. Co full hunter case. I did run it briefly and it does run. I will not let it run more until I have it serviced since it has been sitting for so long.

A rough measurement of the movement is 40 MM and the dial 43 MM. I do not have a way to exactly measure them at this time.

If someone could point me to a reference about this watch I would appreciate it. All I have found so far is a list of serial numbers that give a close extimate as to build date.

Thanks in advance for any and all input.

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04/08/2013 - 18:13
This is the dial.
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04/08/2013 - 21:27
Very nice watch. You might want to check to see if the dial is enamel and if the dial and hands came with the movement. Those hands are quite extraordinary and i suspect not VC. They remind me of the hands found on tall-case clocks of the late 18th century (Chippendale). Thanks for posting! Joseph
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04/09/2013 - 17:26
Hello JB. I really have no way of determining if the dial was added by the seller (Hight and Fairfield) or done with the movement from V&C. I am not sure what material they are made from, perhaps when I get the crystal I can ask the repair person if they know. The hands appear to be solid gold all though I can not find markings on the front side. I have seen American made pocket watches with similar hands.
The design of the hands...
04/10/2013 - 06:27
was a very popular one in both clocks and pocket watches, not only in America and well into the 20th century. I'm not sure whether the sesign originally late 18th century American. It may have originated in the UK and brought over with the colonists but I believe the British clock hands were a bit "heavier" in design. In any case, they do look quite impressive! Best, Joseph
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04/08/2013 - 20:20
Just heard back for the Heritage Department at Vacheron & Constantine. They said the serial number indicates the movement was sold alone (not cased)  in New York City in 1895. Interesting that it found it's way to Montana but I suppose that was common.
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04/09/2013 - 10:43
Find more about it here http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=view&threadid=80166&id=80184 It was not rare for VC to sell movement alone and the retailer would case it.
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04/09/2013 - 17:20
Thanks Alex, that is interesting. It is indeed the case. I am attaching a picture of it.