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  1. Philip Poniz

    Pocket Chronometer Chronograph by Henri-Louis Matile

    I am sure someone will comment. Give us a little more time, Eric. For starters, Matile was one of the best finishers in Le Locle
  2. Philip Poniz

    Request for thoughts and information on this movement.

    Good luck, it is an early chronograph, post at least the under the dial photo. There should be a serial number, maybe some marks, if you are lucky,
  3. Philip Poniz

    Request for thoughts and information on this movement.

    We will be glad to analyze your movement after you solve its jigsaw puzzle. A photo under the dial would help also.
  4. Philip Poniz

    $ Jules Jurgensen Pocket Watch Chronograph; s/n 12663

    ADOLPHE NICOLE CHRONOGRAPHS ON THE CONTINENT Shortly after Nicole’s British and French chronograph patents in 1862, the Swiss took up the idea very quickly, way before the expiration of the patent protection. We do not know if they paid royalties to Nicole. One of the companies making Nicole’s...
  5. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    You are welcome, Mr. Durruti. I am afraid that the seller will remain a mystery. All that comes to mind are just speculations. It was definitely not Patek Philippe. In Switzerland, at the time, there were movement depots selling (and buying) old ebauches, partially finished movements, etc.
  6. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    I hope, you will enjoy the new column, Fact or Fiction, in the Watch & Clock Bulletin, starting in November.
  7. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    FORENSIC WATCHMAKING CONTINUES Playing a forensic watchmaker can be fun, sometimes even rewarding if one finds something unexpected. Let’s continue the case of this forensic horology. The first element that is striking is the mainspring barrel bridge A. Apparently, the original hanging...
  8. Philip Poniz

    Two Special Quarter Repeaters

    Ethan, Looking at the movement from the back I had thought that it might be a Louis-Elisée Piguet or Louis Audemars. The very same ebauche was used by both. In fact, alongside Piguet and Audemars, similar ebauches were made by Piguet Freres and Aubert Freres. One look under the dial solved the...
  9. Philip Poniz

    Two Special Quarter Repeaters

    Right, Ethan, it is a rack system that Breguet also used. There are nine others like it in my screenshot, with the difference that they all have the pinion under the wheel while here it is over. The other major difference is that all but one are built directly on the front plate and not in a...
  10. Philip Poniz

    Two Special Quarter Repeaters

    Doug, Do you have a photo of the repeating mechanism?
  11. Philip Poniz

    Two Special Quarter Repeaters

    You are right Jon, Marius was a son of Eugene. See paragraph 5 in my post
  12. Philip Poniz

    Two Special Quarter Repeaters

    RETROGRADE PERPETUAL CALENDAR The perpetual calendar does not resemble anything from the mainstream. There was a similar one in a private German Collection retailed by Hamilton & Co for the Indian market, with a minute repeater sold by Sotheby’s a few months ago (see below). The dial is...
  13. Philip Poniz

    Questions on a Eugene leCoultre Quarter Repeater

    More preciously, Jon, are there letters LBPCX, where the "X" is a single digit?
  14. Philip Poniz

    Questions on a Eugene leCoultre Quarter Repeater

    Can you, Jon, unscrew the setting lever to uncover the rest after the "L"?
  15. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    You have more of an experimental or training piece, not a fake. Fictitious names were common, some were even registered, I am finishing a paper addressing this subject.
  16. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    A CASE OF FORENSIC HOROLOGY Good observation, Peter, regarding the column wheel being so close to the balance cock. The vast majority of chronographs are designed with the column wheel set away from the balance bridge. Most often they would be set across the movement, to have enough room to...
  17. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    Can it be a " + " instead of an "x"?
  18. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    Can it be a "+"? Are you positive it is not a "G"?
  19. Philip Poniz

    A.Golay, Swiss chronograph rattrapante

    What is the letter in the Helvetia's guarantee mark?
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