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Compass Chronometre Pocket Watch "Click" to Login or Register 
IHC Member 561
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This silver cased pocket watch is about an 8 size and also has a skeletonized type movement that has no maker marks. What is unique about the movement is the compass set into the bridge plate. The movement cover is marked with letters MI and Chronometre.

 
Posts: 778 | Location: Tijeras, New Mexico USA | Registered: July 12, 2005
IHC Member 561
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Another scan

 
Posts: 778 | Location: Tijeras, New Mexico USA | Registered: July 12, 2005
IHC Member 561
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Third scan

 
Posts: 778 | Location: Tijeras, New Mexico USA | Registered: July 12, 2005
IHC Member 561
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Fourth scan

 
Posts: 778 | Location: Tijeras, New Mexico USA | Registered: July 12, 2005
IHC Member 561
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sixth scan

 
Posts: 778 | Location: Tijeras, New Mexico USA | Registered: July 12, 2005
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Seventh scan

 
Posts: 778 | Location: Tijeras, New Mexico USA | Registered: July 12, 2005
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Picture of Tom Brown
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I like those Ernest, I have two of them that I tinker with every now & then to try to get running again. I think mine are closer to a 16s.

Each of mine have different patterns cut out & your make a 3rd.

Nice!

Tom
 
Posts: 5107 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Ernest

Swiss-made watch; low level cylinder escapement (4-6 jewels) upgraded by skeletonizing and the little compass made ca 1860.

Forget about the chronometre writing. Chronometre was at this times not protected by law. Especially the 1/2-, demi- an mi- chronometre are used as a loose sales argument without substance.

At those days the wages for 1/2 days work of a trained engraver was lesser than the costs of one or two pairs of additional jewels.
Watches like this must be 'en vogue' in rural regions. There is a wide range of various motives found: ornaments, flowers, buildings, persons etc.

I like those watches. They have a touch of uniqueness.

Regards,
Gerald
 
Posts: 742 | Location: Wertheim in Germany | Registered: February 21, 2009
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Picture of Tom Brown
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This is the one I have, it has the same name on the case as your's Ernest, mine is about a 16 size.

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Posts: 5107 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Picture of Tom Brown
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Dust cover name

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Posts: 5107 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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The movement, I like the dog cut into this one.

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Posts: 5107 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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The other one I have is complete but not back together & I have no case.

One page 591 of the Price Guide there is a photo similar to these at the top of the page.

Tom

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Posts: 5107 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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