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Hello all,

I recently had a pocket watch passed down to me. As the new steward of this heirloom I would like to learn as much as possible about the watch.

What I do know:
The case, dial and movement are marked "M. S. Smith & Co., Detroit
It is a hunter case (front cover was removed for display by a prior owner)
The inside of the back cover is marked with number 35798

Any information or advice on where to look for some would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hello all,

I recently had a pocket watch passed down to me. As the new steward of this heirloom I would like to learn as much as possible about the watch.

What I do know:
The case, dial and movement are marked "M. S. Smith & Co., Detroit
It is a hunter case (front cover was removed for display by a prior owner)
The inside of the back cover is marked with number 35798

Any information or advice on where to look for some would be greatly appreciated.
Hello Mudley,

Beautiful PW there, welcome.

I would check out or join the NAWCC Forum (National Association of Watch Collectors)
It is free and they have a wonderful forum and research tools
on lesser known watches like this one.

Check out this link for more detailed info.

Crescent Watch Case Co. - National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Message Board
 

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Hello all,

I recently had a pocket watch passed down to me. As the new steward of this heirloom I would like to learn as much as possible about the watch.

What I do know:
The case, dial and movement are marked "M. S. Smith & Co., Detroit
It is a hunter case (front cover was removed for display by a prior owner)
The inside of the back cover is marked with number 35798

Any information or advice on where to look for some would be greatly appreciated.
It looks like a "jobber" or private label watch; the design (and in particular the use of screws on the crown and ratchet wheels) make me suspect it's a Swiss watch. The case design suggests pre 1900's. Very high grade; the wolf's teeth on the winding gears isn't a common feature.
 

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Thanks Rob,

I do appreciate the response. I have been searching the web like crazy for images that resemble the case or movement. I think the watch may be a Girard-Perregaux. The case, though not nearly as ornate seems to have the same shape and characteristics as the Esmeralda and another picture of a Girard-Perregaux movement that has very similar winding gears. What do you (or anyone else) think? Am I putting too much stock in the similarities or is it plausable the watch is a GP?
 

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