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Pocket Watches1067 of 1497Lancaster Hunt Case Pocket WatchI Wish to know more about mi pocket watch...... GENDA.....CAL 5211 ...1 jewel.......Year made??? ...please some body to help...
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Posted 6 years ago

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Would just like to know what some of the "experts" here might be able to tell me about this watch. It has a gold case and is not a regular "big" pocket watch. Has a screw on back. Inside the SN # 19903461 , 15 jewels. I found the watch buried in the mud about 1954, in our backyard near Dallas, Texas. My Dad took it to a watch shop got it all cleaned and it runs perfectly. He carried it for "me" many years while I served multiple tours in Vietnam, 60-70's. It will still run perfectly, but I don't carry it. Have it just wrapped in cotton, in a safe. One source I looked at leads me to believe that it was (maybe) manufactured about 1916-1917. I am a disabled Vet, getting on in years and was just wondering what this watch might mean, especially to my kids. Appreciate any information, advice. Thanks.

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  1. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Lovely watch and lovely story to match! I hope someone here can assist you - how amazing you found it buried in the mud!
  2. thisoldwatch thisoldwatch, 6 years ago
    You may want to re-check your serial number because the number you have is for the year 1917 but a 7-jewel and size 16s.
  3. Gunslinger712, 6 years ago
    thisoldwatch and AR8Jason. Well I kind of messed it all up by not looking at everything, even the Sn #, originally thought was 19903461. It's actually SN# 19203461, INSIDE on the case. Also got a magnifier and the following is also on the INSIDE of the case; " Fahys (not actually sure about this word. It's in script) , Montauk, guaranteed 20 years." And on the movement INSIDE; SN# 24115236, 15 jewels, Elgin National Watch Company, USA. Thanks very much for the responses, including flowerrose.
  4. Gunslinger712, 6 years ago
    Again, AR8Jason, thank you very much for taking the time with this and providing your expertise and information. Guess that I always knew that it wasn't just "junk" . My Dad said "well it's an Elgin, it's a good watch, hang on to it". So I've had it for about 58 years and from your info, it's about 91 years old. Thanks again.

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