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Author Topic: Bedforde Pocket watch? Anyone know of this company?  (Read 1707 times)
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« on: September 16, 2010, 05:50:31 pm »

I have this Bedforde pocket watch and can't find anything online about it.... even ebay!
The face is pretty dirty and its missing its minute and hour hands... but it works!

If anyone knows anything about it, please do tell!

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010, 01:49:24 pm »

Intresting...looks like a fairly generic mid-grade Swiss pocketwatch in a style common to the 20's/30's.  I can't find any reference for "Bedforde" with the E, but "Bedford" was registered to "Jacob Bikoff & Co. Inc."    in New York in 1922; there might be a connection there. 

Unfortunately, the nature of Swiss watches means that there were thousands of little "watch companies" that often lasted for only a few years.  The bulk of the watch movement was likely made by a ebauche manufacturer (like A.Schild or ETA), and then "finished" by the little watch company.  You might find a ebauche code underneath the balance wheel, or underneath the dial (but don't try to remove those yourself  or you risk destroying the watch).

Replacing the hands is pretty simple and cheap, but you will want to have the whole watch serviced (cleaned and oiled) at the same time to (depending on where you live and who you know, I'd expect the cost to be <$100 and maybe even <$50, assuming nothing is broken). 
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