Can anyone provide any helpful details surrounding this watch?

cwatki15

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This pocket watch belongs to my buddy and has been passed down through their family to the first born son. Originally given to one of their relatives who was a Butler or something similar for a Prussian noble. Solid 18k but already determined this appears to be a minute repeater and not a chronometer as expected. There appear to be no names or marks I can identify indicating who made it. Any help is much appreciated!

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cwatki15

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I cannot contribute much, aside that the cuvette speaks of a chronometer balance. This is no protected term and is intended to suggest that the balance is of very high quality.

Lovely watch!
Right, hence the wondering. Someone who knows vintage pocket watches very well said it probably isn't the original movement. Just wondering if anyone else knew anything else about the original makers or any other details that may confirm our thoughts or add details
 

Chris Radek

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This movement and case surely came together. Can you try to get a very good photo of the movement, after it has run down? It would be nice to see the details of the balance and other parts while everything is still.
 

VinSer

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The cuvette speaks of 26 rubies, so the case was originally for a repeater, and the mechanism is a repeater.

Could you please post a bigger photo of the marks on the inside of the case (photo 4)? I cannot make out what they are.

And chronometer balance can simply mean a balance with screws :); marketing is a great thing ...

Ciao
 

John Matthews

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This is not my area of interest, but I like a mystery!

The intial clue I followed was the case makers mark ...

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then to Mikrolisk ...

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not a perfect match ... but this gave Eppner and then to here and on p. 46 this

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translated ....

The illustrations show a LeCoultre bridge movement with the lid signature LÄHN on the left, next to it a ¼ hour repeater from the late 1860s with the signature BERLIN and a ¼ hour repeater from the late 1860s with the signature Laehn & Berlin, as well as a 5- minute repeater from the late 1870s with the signature SILBERBERG.

I believe the highlighted corresponds relatively closely to the movement ...

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Should be sufficient for someone more familiar with repeaters to get started

John
 
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VinSer

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Great detective work :)

Also, on the cuvette corresponding to the repeater movement John has indicated, it is written chronometer unruhe that stands for balancier chronometer in French :)

Ciao
 

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