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An old Swiss watch from Locle

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What is a quick watch collector's association when he hears LeLocle Switzerland? Some would quickly say Charles Tissot, some would probably choose Georges Jacot and Zenith brand...
Yes, LeLocle surely is among the most famous watchmaking cities around the world.

Today's post, however, does not begin exactly in LeLocle - I'll get back to LeLocle later on.
Today's trip begins - once again - in Cracov.
Precisely - Szczepanski Square, right by the main square.



This building looks very much 1930-ish to me, but maybe it's younger.
Kinda ugly, it's far from the more beautiful buildings around the square, but it's important here, because on the ground flor, there is a small antique shop that - also - specializes in antique watches:



In the times of eBay and allegro.pl, less and less antique shops have watches in their offer, they pretty much moved to internet listings. In those that are left, don't ever hope to get a bargain price - the prices are high.
Still, if you want to come back from Cracov with a nice, antique watch, this place surely is worth visiting.



I did not take close pictures, so you just have to believe me - in this display there is a LOVELY verge repeater with callendar, but way over my funds, of course.
My watch was inside:



'Quartier au Locle', the dial says.
Olivier Quartier was among the more distinctive LeLocle watchmakers of old times. He was born in late 18th Century and lived till 1852. It always makes me wonder, how did this beautiful watch make it's way all the way from LeLocle to Cracov's antique shop?



The watch is a very much English style verge, in a gold plated hunting case.



The gilt is moderately worn, much more shiny inside:



The bezel and the movement are hinged:



Let's see the movement now:



It's an unjewelled verge full plate movement, also signed Quartier au Locle.
The steel cap on the balance wheel has a faux (polished steel) 'endstone'.
Despite the fact it's not jewelled, the finish quality is pretty high on this piece.
The plates' pattern, the steelwork, the thin steel balance wheel...



It surely is a well made watch of the time.



Notice the F S markings on the regulator scale, it's an English style verge and I wonder if it were dedicated to English market? I don't know that. What I do know is that it's absolutely gorgeus.
Serviced and working it actually keeps very good times for a verge watch, showing correct time after 5 hours in my pocket. Very nice catch again, I guess
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