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Identify Your Mechanical Antique or Vintage Watch | Antique and Vintage Watch Repair
European Pocket Watches Early verge fusee pocket watch movement with maker engraved on the plate Although there are many variations over the years, this guide will cover identifying the more common watches. Early pocket watches (1700's-early 1800's) will usually have the origin and name of the maker engraved on the plates of the actual movement. The movement usually was a fusee chain driven verge (or lever) type. These typically had two cases, an outer shell, and an inter case that swings out exposing the dust cover. Carefully sliding a lever will remove the dust cover gaining access to the movement for identification. Swiss generic "bar" movement Lever and cylinder escapement pocket watches (non-Fusee) were abundantly produced throughout Europe during the 19th and 20th century. Many were cottage industry "generic" watches. The wheels and plates were manufactured and sent out to be assembled by jewelers or individuals. Other watches were of high quality