Re: identifying a watch: Liban, Liban Watch SA / Libana SA
- From: "SWG" <swisswatchguy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 16 Nov 2005 11:28:14 -0800
Jack Denver wrote:
> <david.galvin@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> > My grandfather was a train conductor in Hungary until his death in
> > 1975. I have the pocket watch he used, and am trying to identify it. I
> > was wondering if someone here would be so kind as to point me to a good
> > resource. I'll also post what I know about it in case an expert reads
> > these forums.
> > Thank you,
> > Dave
> > -------
> > This is an open-face watch with the gold-colored numerals 1-12.
> > It has the word "LIBAN" on the front, only the "L" is stylized such
> > that it is twice as tall as the rest of the word, and the bttom part
> > extends under the rest of the word past the "N," so it could be "IBAN"
> > with a funny symbol.
> No, it is Liban. This was a minor Swiss brand. I don't know anything more
> about them other than they existed once and don't anymore. Likely swept
> away in the quartz revolution, along with hundred of other smaller Swiss
> > It says "SWISS MADE" in very tiny letters at the bttom.
> > It has a shiny blue hour and minute hand, and at the bottom of the
> > watch there is a separate seconds dial which covers up most of the
> > numeral 6. There is a mark for every second in the small dial, and for
> > every minute in the main dial.
> > The back has fine, even vertical grooves. These are interrupted b y a
> > solid square diamond in the center, with lines extending out to the
> > top-left and bottom-right corners of the watch in what looks like a
> > deco style to me.
> > Inside:
> > "15 Jewels"
> > "SWISS"
> > Also, there is what looks to be a little lever I could set to one of 7
> > positions, the left-most of which is marked "AF" and the right-most of
> > which is marked "RS"
> This is the regulator that speeds up or slows down the watch to adjust its
> rate - letters stand for "Fast" and "Slow" in English and French.
> > The center of the back case which flipped up to reveal the works says
> > "NICKEL CHROME" in an oval in the center, and "07" is carved into it by
> > hand.
> Nickel chrome is the case material. 07 was probably an identifying mark put
> there by a watch repairer.
> > There is some other writing - possibly numbers - which is too small to
> > make out.
> If these look handwritten, again they were probably scratched in by a
> You have described a very generic pocket watch that could have been made
> anytime in the last 100 years. The deco styling (and the post war isolation
> of Hungary in the Soviet bloc) likely dates it to the 1930s.
> The watch of course has sentimental value to you, but its economic value
> would not be very high - probably under $100.
Liban Watch SA, Libana SA = Biel/Bienne Switzerland Brandsw: Albe,
The firm was listed in 1951 as Liban Watch SA. It was listed in 1966 as
Libana SA. It is not listed any more.