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Unexpected Watchmaker's Marks

"Watchmaker's marks" are codes usually inscribed inside the back cover of watch cases. These codes have no standardized meaning, they were only meaningful to the person that made them.

This watch has something unusual. Someone used a sticker. It's a shame I can't leave it there.  Stickers like this come loose as they get old.

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