Whatever you decide to do with the watch...do not "clean" or try to "restore" it in anyway or form!!! A quick search turned up this webpage "www.mikrolisk.de" as one of the best people to ask a Q about an old watch...or so internet people say? He has a ton of proof-marks on his website you can look thru and maybe you'll get lucky and find yours?
Or you can email him with some pics and maybe he'll reply to you.
Definitely no cleaning and no restoring... I treat old stuff like that, like I do old coins... cleaning and restoring is a never-ever thing to do, because it loses it's character and so too, its history.
It is said that Napoleon was madly in love with Josephine, however Josephine did not feel the same way about Napoleon. I can attest to the fact that this watch has a curse placed upon it by Josephine herself... it's as if she wants that watch destroyed:
Of course there was a time when the watch was in perfect working order... but
1) The watch's gold-chain was sold during the Great Depression.
2) The first thing that happened was that the winding key went missing.
3) The mainspring is broken, When? Don't have a clue.
4) The dust cover worked loose from its tiny rivets,
5) The second-hand disappeared, when? Don't know.
6) The letter that accompanied the watch is extremely difficult to locate. (web searches)
Everyone is reluctant to handle it and of course I'm just kidding about the curse thing, but it does seem like Josephine's Spirit possesses whomever is holding the watch, and no matter how careful one is...
Needless to say, the watch is in safe storage, locked away tight, and I do, but I don't want the watch in my possession.
Edited by Vanka Savolov, 12 June 2018 - 04:34 PM.