Internet Horology Club 185
June 01, 2014, 11:51Evan Patton
Had dinner with friends last night and the subject of watches comes up. The hostess pops inside and brings out a few Swiss watches, including this Breguet pocket watch. It's key wind, and appears to be in a sterling silver case. It's missing the crystal and 2 hands, but it appears to be a calendar watch (numbers from 1 to 31 inside the primary register) and perhaps a stop watch or at least a sweep second hand?
Any information on it would be appreciated.
June 01, 2014, 11:52Evan Patton
The case appears to be sterling?
June 01, 2014, 11:54Evan Patton
I don't know much about these early Swiss watches, but I'm guessing from the thickness and heft that it is a fusee?
June 01, 2014, 11:55Evan Patton
Here's a bit larger pic of the back...
June 02, 2014, 00:46Gerald Zimmermann
A 'false' Breguet; common continental (swiss/french) verge fusee movement ca 1790/1800 with calendar recased in a later (>1814) swiss silver case. (no seconds)
The calendar movements were not unusual but they are not so often found as the 'plain' watches.
June 02, 2014, 09:01Evan Patton
Thanks! I see now what you mean about the case (and dial). Was this sort of recasing popular? It appears that the case and dial were made to mislead?
June 02, 2014, 11:59Gerald Zimmermann
Watch and dial seem to be original and pre 1800, the case has the tiny 'chevron' mark of Neuchatel (used since 1814), The movement could have been in a precious pair-case and melting watch cases for money is not an invention of our times. The movement was reused by the owner.
The 'Breguet' signature was mislead. Those movments got names of almost all famous watchmakers.
June 04, 2014, 01:03Evan Patton
Thanks. You don't happen to have any insight on the Swiss Tacy (?) Award Watch for Baseball
watch I posted do you?