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PAINTBALL GUY 3 06-10-2012 09:33 PM

The " What is it? " thread. (read rules please)
Hey all,

New item on post: #12

There have been afew things come up on this forum, some of which have been mine, where an item (s) that the owner does not know much/anything about is identified and done so fairly accurately. This, I believe, shows that MCB is not full of brain dead ballers that couldn't tell you what the difference was between a 1921 Nash and a pile of wood if they watched an hour long video on it! So why not make a thread for those mystery items that ya can't quite seem to figer out eh?


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So I'll go first........

This is something I found in a in a shop I work at. You would think it was a pocket watch at one time, but it's hard to say because both sides must be twisted off and on in order to see inside. You would think that if it was something with a dial or hands to read, that it would be easier to get into it. I'm thinking that maybe it's gauge of some sort. But then again, why the twist off side plates eh?

Alrighty, let make this thing happen!



Fatalis 06-10-2012 09:56 PM

@ PBG3 -

8 DAYS Antique Swiss Pocket Watch circa 1905 - Karachi - Jewelry - Watches - Nipa - swiss 1905

This looks very similar, but it is hinged. Now for Google-fu!

Further info:

This is probably the most common type of pocket watch cases around. The bezel (which is the glass side of the case) and the back is threaded in place and literally screws right off. These types of cases are identifiable by the fact that there are no hinges or raised lip areas. Under careful inspection there will be a very fine line of separation between the back of the case and the body of the case, and a very fine line of separation between the bezel (which is the ring that holds the crystal) and the body of the case. Look carefully for a small raised lip on either the back cover or bezel. This lip usually signifies where to pry with a case knife. If a lip is present on the back or the bezel, then it is a "snap-on" and not screwed on. If there is only one "fine line of separation", that between the bezel and the body of the case, then your case is a "Swing-out" case and the back will not screw off (see below). To unscrew the back of a Screw back & Bezel case, hold the watch dial down in the palm of your left hand, with the winding stem, more properly called the pendant, up against your left thumb. Much like the motion used when opening a jar of pickles, press the palm of your right hand down firmly on the back of the case and unscrew the back by turning it counter-clockwise.


Finnigan 06-10-2012 11:31 PM

If I am understanding the OP correctly this case has two solid metal covers screwed on to either side. The notch in the ring is intriguing. Is it covered when both sides are on the case, or could something have been sticking out like a lever or button? Small notches on the edge of the one cover are interesting too.

PolarMonkey 06-11-2012 02:19 AM

@ PBG3 - It is the remains of a Jura pocket watch (the Jura Watch Company stamp gave it away). The watch internals are gone and it looks like the back of another watch has been screwed on to the front of it.

PAINTBALL GUY 3 06-12-2012 12:32 PM

@ PolarMonkey - You know, I think you're right. Just spare parts thrown together. There's a lot of odds and ends around my Boss's shop and house from people leaving stuff in the sea cans he rents out. But it's still interesting how both sides screw on and off... Oh, and thank you for reading the rules.;)

PAINTBALL GUY 3 08-03-2012 10:44 PM

Heres a new one for you guys..........

My friend beleaves that this is some sort of transit leveling device. It must be a military item, it just has that look about it. It's body and abit of the other parts are made/cast from brass, shes a heavy little thing. And this here........

........makes me beleave it could be something that would have been used for say a tank or artillery, do to the use of the word "sight".

Very intresting piece, hope someone can help.......

Edit: after abit of searching, I found this.......

However, the sight in the link is a british made piece. The one I have here is a Canadian make, but I cannot find anything about Canadian artillery sights.



dukie 08-04-2012 01:08 AM

Artillery dial sight

No 9 Dial sight in original steel case - Artillery and Self Propelled Weapons - MILWEB CLASSIFIEDS

Panoramic Dial Sight No. 9 Mk 1, 25 pounder gun - Militaria - Collector's Source, Military Collectibles Online

Apparently used as sights on a number of things

It may have only been manufactured in Canada, not specifically a Canadian product. Lots off stuff was contracted over seas during the war.

Jebus 08-04-2012 01:20 AM

That is a cool piece!

R.J. 08-04-2012 07:49 AM

On the watch case posted, i have seen watch collectors screw the face of one watch onto the back of another where you can see the works running.


PAINTBALL GUY 3 08-04-2012 03:13 PM


Ordnance QF 25 pounder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fantastic help! Now all we need is the artillery to go along with!:p We're actuly thinking of somehow using this for our long range shooting spot, but for what is the question.......

Thanks much guys.


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