Help identifying this antique French pocket watch

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  1. iceskater

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    Can anyone help me to identify this antique French pocket watch. It tests as 18k but cannot find a mark and cannot find any info. on this maker. Thank you

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  2. roughbarked

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    Western NSW or just this side of the black stump.
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    Could you try to get a better photo of what is engraved? I can't quite make out all of the letters on the third image. Chappe?
    The arrow is possibly similar to Couaillet?
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    I can try to get another picture but my camera can only get so close.
     
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    'Eschappement libre a ancre'; in English - 'detached lever'.
    'Trois levees et dix trous garnis en rubis'; 'three levers [pallets and impulse jewels?] and ten ruby hole jewels'.
     
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    Thanks, can you tell who the maker is?
     
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    #6 gmorse, Nov 7, 2019
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    Could be Guyerdet, a French watchmaking company. Hard to tell, but I think the following word is an abbreviation for 'Jeune' in this context, 'the younger' or 'junior'.
     
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    Thanks, yes it does look like Guyerdet. About how old might this be?
     
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    Hi iceskater,

    Probably second quarter of the 19th century. The name 'Guyerdet Jeune à Paris' probably refers to the vendor or commissioner of the finished watch, because the movement would appear to be Swiss in origin. This type of movement, with each wheel under a separate cock, is known as a generic Lepine calibre, (although the watchmaker Lepine had nothing to do with this example), in this instance a type III. This style of construction allowed the watch to be much slimmer than the earlier types.

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    Both Guyerdet aîné and Guyerdert jeune (senior, junior, or father and son) were active around this time.
     
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