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Help with MJ Tobias Pocket Watch

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Does anyone know anything about this watch. Just about all of the Tobias watches I've ever seen were the Swiss fakes with the generic bar movement. This one has a fancy balance wheel and full plate movement. Any help would be appreciated!

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It’s a cylinder escapement. I have never seen such a decorative

balance wheel in such a movement as this. I can see the balance cock has a horrid screw and is it a washer? Holding the cock In place, I dread to think what damage it is causing. Odd screws holding the barrel plate. A movement that is at the low-end regards to quality. What is the dial like?  Some of that engraving looks a bit odd. The click and spring and the cover over the click are very well finished. 

I don't think its a fake.

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On 10/30/2018 at 5:22 PM, oldhippy said:

It’s a cylinder escapement. I have never seen such a decorative

 

balance wheel in such a movement as this. I can see the balance cock has a horrid screw and is it a washer? Holding the cock In place, I dread to think what damage it is causing. Odd screws holding the barrel plate. A movement that is at the low-end regards to quality. What is the dial like?  Some of that engraving looks a bit odd. The click and spring and the cover over the click are very well finished. 

 

I don't think its a fake.

 

 

The decorative balance wheel is what threw me off too. The movement is basically trashed, the staff is broke and yes it looks like someone tried to do a bad patch job with a screw and washer. The dial is pretty plain and unmarked. I'll try to get some pictures of it posted and maybe pull it and see what's underneath.

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