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Anybody heard of a French distributor named "ORBEL"?

pcekal

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I came across a "Veritable Westminster" French deco box clock recently that appears to have an ODO 24 movement (Westminster/Sonodo) probably from the 1950s (metal bar chime/strike silencers) and the dial has "ORBEL" printed on it below the hands. Anybody know anything about this distributor? I'm assuming an arrangement something like Manufrance or a jewelry store...I've see it more than once, just curious...
 

Dick C

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pcekal

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Hey, thanks for your reply Dick C! Do you have any more information/knowledge that you can share beyond the link to a French jewelry store of the same name? Much appreciated...
 

pcekal

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La Bijouterie ORBEL has only existed since 2018 according to the firm...so this is not anything they would have marketed. Still curious as to the origin if anybody has any idea...

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Jessk09

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You could try looking up:”Veritable Westminster” Orbel Zairs
 

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These French box regulators often bore regional retailer names. Nothing is known about most of these retailers since they all came and went over the years. Their names were just stamped onto the dial so be careful not to rub anything off.
 

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2 airs = Westminster and Sonodo chime melodies, switched back and forth through a small pump lever beneath the 4 o'clock position.
 
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