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H & O Perret Geneva

RON in PA

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I recently acquired this Swiss made pocket watch. Two features attracted me, first the condition of the coin silver case which is much better than I have seen in the past, most are well worn down just leaving a hint of the original design. The case has the Neuchatel hallmark. The second feature is the KW/KS movement, not your usual mid-19th century Swiss Lepine style bar movement, but one closely resembling a Jules Jurgensen. You can't see it in the picture as the watch started to tick as I was taking photos, but the balance is bi-metallic. However it is not cut all the way through. Also there are no pallet jewels, looks like steel on steel. I'm also not sure if the jewels are real or not. Probably should be considered a fake, but a nice one.

Pritchard has one line on H & O Perret, imported at the turn of the century by a NY firm (Weise). I'd speculate that the watch is more likely from the 1860s-1870s.

Any comments would be appreciated.
 

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Dr. Jon

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Nice watch. Perret is on muy list of underappreciated makers. This is a very fine quality watch. YOur dates pretty much agree with waht I would guess but it could be as late as the 1880's.
 

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Interesting watch Ron, especially because of uncut balance and non-jeweled pallets. The ebauche was made, I am pretty sure by Aubert Freres, circa 1860, probably a bit earlier. At the time, along with Piguet Freres, they were the only makers of this caliber. The difference was that Piguet lowered the pallet fork and bridged it with a flat semicircular bridge.

See a photo of Aubert's movement made for Jurgensen in 1860.

Aubert Freres for JJ 9305 .jpg

The case is clearly destined for the American market. Is there, besides Neuchetel's mark, a casemaker's mark?

Philip Poniz
 
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