Association Ouvriere

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  1. artbissell

    artbissell Registered User
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    Near 1880+ time and 18 size fine quality movement used frequently by many Le Locle and Geneva located Swiss p.w. fine watchmakers. Was this Association an actual movement maker, or a group of them? Fits nicely in 18s Waltham sterling case. artbissell

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  2. artbissell

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    My internet search was a poor effort for info. One expensively sold 1880 was a fine repeater in fine gold case marked with same maker name, not movt. And another like mine without dial marking. art

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  3. stewey

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    Interestingly, the winged wheel logo indicates that the case was made by the American Watch Case Company in Toronto.
     
  4. doug sinclair

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    There's a very big chance the watch was originally in a gold hunter case which was damaged beyond repair, or sold for scrap some time in the past. I strongly suspect this case was available wnen needed, and is not original to the movement.
     
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    Some years ago I got hold of a pocket watch produced by AO (Association Ouvriere, Locle) and made some research about it`s history.
    To my information the company was founded in 1858 by Frederic William Dubois in Le Locle, Switzerland.
    The idea was to found a socialistic community in watchmaking, combining living, working and loving together in one community.
    Seems, the idea worked till 1903, when the association ended.
    One of the directors was Charles Frederic Rosat.
    Pocket watches of the A.O. were of high quality and reached in 1900 several prices in swiss contests.

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  6. artbissell

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    THANKS for information about AO. Remain interested about who actually designed and made the movement style shown. art
     
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    Appreciate knowing I have a Canadian silver case. art
     
  8. artbissell

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    I am assuming that this 18 size high grade movement was actually finished by A.O. but was not the maker? I am wondering why A.O. marked it only with its name and no numbers. Art

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