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Pocket Watches1187 of 1461My Father's watch, A Waltham Circa 1896more pics to old waltham from nickj67
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Posted 6 years ago

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Found this watch in my grandfathers collection.I love the snake.I cant find any info on it.Any help would be grateful.

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  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
    I haven't much info on this watch , but I can tell you that it's a key wind and the snake was use as a symbol of everlasting love during the Victorian era, Hope this helps in your search for answers. Thanks for sharing this awesome timepiece.
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
    Also key set, and I'm sure you've fiqured out it is from Paris.
  3. gearpunk gearpunk, 6 years ago
    Yes.I have the key for it.I don't plan on winding it,till i get it checked out.Thank you for you'r help.I would have never guessed what the snake meant.My Grandfather loved his watches,and I shared that love with him.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    A beautiful face! Love the snake and the ruby eye!
    Just a hint about "Hands".
    French handwriting can have some differences to what you'd expect.
    I think this actually reads "Kands"

    Note too that Poncin is written in this French handwriting style and the Paris is in a more gothic font. Poncin is a town & a commune in the Ain department in eastern France. It lies on the banks of the Ain River. It is also a French surname.

    Kands is also a French surname. I think it is originally Armenian. There is a watchmaker working in Toulouse of that name who repairs old clocks. This may have nothing to do with your watch though.

    The French term for a pocket watch is montre a gousset (de poche).
  5. gearpunk gearpunk, 6 years ago
    Thank you to everyone!The info has been very helpful.
  6. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    Love the movement! All that work is hand done you know. Very nice watch!!!
  7. gearpunk gearpunk, 6 years ago
    Yes toolate.The craftsmanship that went in to the movement really makes this watch special to me,and i'd like to think this watch is a one of a kind special made for some one in some little quaint french town while they where on their travels in Paris.

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