Henri Grandjean Pocket Watch

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  1. Kevin Neathery

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    Well I have this one on the way. From a long way away....

    I had saved it off as being an interesting one but got to the point I had to have it. I don't have many European watches in the collection and this one seemed odd enough to need. I did a bit of research on Henri Grandjean and wow he was accomplished. His company also seemed to focus on South America. Thus the Spanish week days on the dial made sense to me.

    The twin barrel made me wonder if there was a hidden complication like jumping seconds or what not but the translation said it ran for over a week. So it is a 7 or 8 day watch Unsure of jewel count. But the case seems to line up right and it still has the original key by the looks of it. It looks like it badly needs a clean and oil. Now begins the long wait....

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    I like it Kevin, I hope for some dead on shots of the movement when you get i in.

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    Will do. Comingin from South America.
     
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    Hi Kevin, I like it too. Regards Ray
     
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    In case you don't already have this info. Google translate at your pleasure.

    GRANDJEAN HENRI Né au Locle le 13 décembre 18o3, décédé le 21 mars 1879, fils de
    David-Henri. Se voua spécialement à la montre de précision et à la chronométrie de marine.
    Obtint des récompenses de première classe

    • GRANDJEAN HENRY ET CIE. Fabrique de montres très soignées. Marques enregistrées le
    17.9.1912 sous le N° 31958 et sous le N° 31959, transmises de Charles-Ferdinand Perret, au
    Locle (Suisse). Mentionné à Genève en 1924.
     
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    Well it arrived. Only 4 days from Chile to Wisconsin! That is just crazy but $60 for UPS Express....dang that was fast.

    Only one down side to note from the transaction, he cant find the original key that was in the pictures but will keep looking. I offered to pay extra for the key and shipping if he finds it. Well worth the effort in my opinion.

    The case and movement fit well together but I do have a bit of a mystery. The right angle lever is typical 1800's. As is the pinned dial, key winding, and the bullseye crystal. The dial is painted in the way you would expect from the 1800's. But the back... That is a Niello Huguenin Freres back. From what I have always believed was that this kind of back was popular in the early 1900's. It is very possible that someone had the case back insert replaced. There are no other markings or numbers anywhere on the case.

    The movement does need a clean but it appears to run at 14,400vph. That would allow a longer run time for a dual mainspring watch to get a full week.

    The only other mystery is the day and date setting. Both click over as they should but I can't find any way to manually advance them. No buttons or levers. If you set the time backwards they just simply click back a day and date. Were these just set by moving them by your finger? Obviously only the date batters because if you keep it running and set you only need to adjust the date based on the month.

    I have estimated 13 jewels. The pallet fork does not have any jewels. I am counting 1 though for a roller jewel.

    Without further jabbering, here is what arrived. He packed it extremely well in a new bamboo wooden box with a sliding lid. The box had the watch carefully padded inside and the watch was in a soft hand made leather pouch. I have to say....the seller did an excellent job all around.

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    Next is off to the watchmaker for a clean and oil.
     
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    Killer watch, nice case also!!

    Nice 13 also!

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    So the question comes up....Grandjean made or ebauche from someone else?
     
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