**** Ulrich Bretscher's Pocket Watch Page****
Manufacturer: Swiss, unknown manufacturer
Diameter of bezel.........15.4 mm
Movement: .One of the smallest movements, commonly used in ladies watches during the 1920s. Bridge construction. Gilded brass balance with cylinder escapement. Hands gearing beneath the dial and not, as expected, on the top plate of the movement as usual.
This button hole watch I discovered on a flea market in Zurich in July 28, 2006. It was in a very deplorable condition: There was no winding crown, no push button, no bezel nor glass, no hands and even the balance spring was missing. Hence I got it for 30 Swiss francs. Its restoration cost me about 20 hours. Since these watches are rare and looked after, they usually go for something between SFr 300 to 600 if in good condition.
Certainly as toys. They were novelty watches for impressing friends. Though. they might have been an alternative for wrist watches. Highly probably they were worn in a shirt sleeve button-hole, what allowed the propriator to readily read the time. Certainly they wern't worn at the lapel of jackets as is often suggested. If so, then the time could only be read by your opponent.