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Unknown early ladies' caliber [message #16992] Mon, 18 July 2022 02:44 Go to next message
thesnark17 is currently offline  thesnark17
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Model name: --
Type: pocket watch
Period/date: c. 1910s
Gender: women

Caliber: unknown
Size: 10''' (22.5mm)
Jewel count: 16 or (more likely) 17
Movement Maker: unknown, possibly LeCoultre
Movement Serial: 7001
Movement markings: Gruen Adjusted Swiss

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Condition: not running, lower balance pivot is mushroomed

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Re: Unknown early ladies' caliber [message #16993 is a reply to message #16992] Mon, 18 July 2022 04:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jenneke is currently offline  Jenneke
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It does have resemblance with the cal 87 in the caliber database. Do you have pictures from the setting mechanism?

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Re: Unknown early ladies' caliber [message #16994 is a reply to message #16993] Mon, 18 July 2022 16:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well, if you insist... for the record, I really hate snap-on dials! I feel like I'm going to break it, every single time.

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Of note, the jewel count is ... [drumroll please] ... 15! Yes, 15. The center wheel and third wheel are both only jeweled on the top. I've never seen this jeweling configuration on a Gruen before.

The only marks on the bottom plate are 2 on the left, and 7001 on the right.
Re: Unknown early ladies' caliber [message #17013 is a reply to message #16994] Tue, 19 July 2022 19:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jenneke is currently offline  Jenneke
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Strange the jewel count wasnt marked. And that keyless works does resemble the cal 87! It must be family.

Not sure what a snapping dial is?


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Re: Unknown early ladies' caliber [message #17015 is a reply to message #17013] Tue, 19 July 2022 20:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
thesnark17 is currently offline  thesnark17
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A snap-on dial is one without feet, that is held on by a friction interference fit around the outside rim. You have to pry the dial off to remove it. They are common on high-end Swiss grades (not that I am implying that this on is particularly high end). The dial is also glass enamel - the best quality of its day - and "fancy".

Overall, this presents as a high-end movement but it is deceptive due to the jeweling.
Re: Unknown early ladies' caliber [message #17016 is a reply to message #17015] Wed, 20 July 2022 14:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have seen 7000--exactly the same. Forgive a strange question: does the arrow on your balance bridge point toward the register? Or toward the regulator?

It does look to be well-made, even if lower jewels. All the best houses had entry-level (for them) watches--and this has some premium features that belie the jewel count.
Re: Unknown early ladies' caliber [message #17017 is a reply to message #17016] Wed, 20 July 2022 15:26 Go to previous message
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I have also seen 7000 and noted it to be the same. 7000 and 7001 are the only movements I've ever seen in this serial range or this bridge style.

The arrow points to the cap setting. It is a very small arrow, completely hidden beneath the regulator.
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