Help identifying this watch please

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by djh, Jun 13, 2019.

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  1. djh

    djh New Member

    Jun 13, 2019
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    Hi. I'm trying to help a friend research a pocket watch. It's 18k (he says) Key wound. Says aiquilles la croix inside. Swiss. He estimates its from approx. 1864. It has a beautiful enamel case. I tried researching it online and couldn't find one like it. Thank you in advance for any clues!

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  2. Dr. Jon

    Dr. Jon Registered User
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    Dec 14, 2001
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    You have a very fine watch. I believe from the movemevt style that your watch is circa 1830. I am currently stranded in Glasgow due a work slowdown so I do not have access to my books so circa 1830+/- 15 years is my best guess.

    The enamel is the big thing.

    These watches were the product of a system of specialists making attribution almost impossible.

    Detailed photos might show hall marks. Swiss makers at this time played fast and loose with gold purity but hall marks are reliable , but they were optional.

    The dial looks engine turned. If so it was an expensive option.

    Anguelles or similar means hands showing where to place the key to set it.

    The keys are much later replacements
  3. MartyR

    MartyR Moderator
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    Dec 16, 2008
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    Welcome to the board, djh :)

    Two quick translations - "aiguilles" is French for "hands" and that indicates the keyhole to be used to set the time.

    "La Croix" is either the name of the watchmaker (or more likely retailer), or else the model name of the watch. I suspect the former as I can't find the name on Mikrolisk.

    The movement is a Lepine-style Geneva bar movement, and as DrJon has said it looks like a high quailty one. One of the experts here may be able to identify the calibre and even the probable maker.

    The enamel work is gorgeous! Sometimes the best quality enamels are signed obscurely by the artist. If the signature (or often initials) are there, you will need to examine every square inch of the case under a good magnifying glass to find them ... a worthwhile exercise because many of these artists are highly sought after!

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