Pocket Watch - Billodes, late 19th century Object Reg. No: ST 023550

Gents pocket watch, metal hunter case, Billodes, late 19th century. Made for the Turkish market and retailed by K. Serkisoff & Co, Constantinople.
Metal case. White enamel dial has black Turkish numerals and seconds dial at 6.

Key wound spring; lever escapement. Has scale fast to slow. Red jewelled at holes. With winding key.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Boikovitis, 1951
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.7 cm (Width), 5.2 cm (Diameter)

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Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: switzerland
Inscriptions: Back plate is marked 'Billodes'. Works cover is marked 'Y Metal, 2651721, 9655'. Dial is marked 'K. Serkisoff & Co. Constantinople' with flower design above writing. Front of case is marked 'Billodes, Registered, 0,800, 2651721, 9655, J.Y.'. Back of case is marked 'Billodes, Registered, 0,800, F, 1721,9655, J.Y.'
Maker: Billodes, Switzerland
Retailer: K. Serkisoff & Co, Constantinople, Turkey


KayePeters Posted on 05 Apr 2010 4:42 PM
We have a Billodes stopwatch with gold filigre facing showing the year 1915 but unfortunately it has been affected by water - the gold on the front is not affected but the case is all rusted. Is it worth getting fixed?

Many thanks,

Kaye Peters
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Apr 2010 3:25 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Kaye, you may be better off taking your watch to an horologist, you can find contact details on the Australian Antiquarian Horological Society here: http://www.clockandwatchclub.com/default.htm
Jean Posted on 02 May 2010 7:46 AM
I have a watch my son bought in Turkey in the early seventies. The serial numbers on the front is 2473193 1367. The numbers on the back are3193 1367.
K.Johnson Posted on 16 Oct 2010 7:58 PM
I have a Billodes/Zenith silver cased pocket watch with the name K.Serkisoff and Constantinople on the face. It is still in perfect working order and keeps excellent time. It does need a clean and service.
Armando.B Posted on 16 Sep 2011 4:45 AM
Hi all
can any1 tell me how much it would cost me to buy an Antique Billodes pocket watch?
JETNORI Posted on 16 Nov 2012 7:57 AM
I have an hour k.serkisoff & co.CONSTANTINOPOLE silver cap rear BILLODES 0800 Registered with Nr.3146324
86 F.
is in very good condition my great-grandfather had before 1880 & continues to be the family we qostrek Albanian flag (NOT FOR SALE)
Pekka Toivonen Posted on 30 Dec 2012 3:02 AM
I have "Tobias" Billodes pocket watch, 0.800, no 3253451 3923. I have had this watch about 25 years and it is from Turkey. They said that it´s made to man "Tobias". I´m from Finland.
Besmir Posted on 24 May 2013 12:20 AM
I have an EXTREMELY RARE Antique silver Zenith Billodes pocket watch&original key ,made for Ottoman Turkish market.The amazing porcelain dial is hand painted,and decorated with ornaments and Turkish ciphers. A silver Zenith/Billodes is extremely rare and hard to find in this amazing condition.It has amazing movement. The watch is in working order.The watch is OVERSIZE!-53mm!Very heavy!
This early Zenith watch was produced in very short series around 1865-1880 also very low number of them was survived and It is absolutely Rare and very hard to find in present days.I think my Billodes is unique, i haven't seen any like it until today!The K.Serkisoff & Co.CONSTANTINOPOLE silver cap rear BILLODES 0800 Registered with Nr.4548960864.
I have it from generations,my great-grandfather had before 1880, & continues to be part of our family. In our language we call it "QOSTREK"(Orë Xhepi),(In Albanian). It is not for sale, but I would just like to know, how it's value reaches?!! Thank you for your time.
A. Morrice Posted on 16 Aug 2013 8:10 PM
Besmir, I own a similar watch, in very good condition, made by Billodes/Zenith and sold by K. Serkisoff of Constantinople. The 0800 indicates that the case is made of silver of 0.800 purity as opposed to the 0.925 of sterling silver. These watches were often awarded by the Ottoman government to functionaries such as station masters and army officers to mark occasions such as anniversaries of service or retirements. Naturally these watches were treasured by the recipients and their descendents. The result is there are plenty of them, often in surprisingly good condition, going about. I recently bought mine from a reputable dealer in England for 250 English Pounds. This was a full retail price. You should treasure yours as a piece of family history rather than as an item of great value.
Brendan Gao Posted on 20 Dec 2013 7:43 AM
I own a Ottoman watch which I got from Bulgaria as a gift. It is in great condition and still functional. Both the dial and and movement are labelled "J. Dent London". The serial number on the casing is 201202 so I am guessing that it was made around the 1870s. Can anyone tell me more about this turkish watches? What is the value?I would love to know more.
Discovery Centre Posted on 20 Dec 2013 4:37 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Brendan, we have sent you an email with some useful information!
bishnu mishra Posted on 29 Mar 2014 2:20 PM
i like billodes watch.

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