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J. Assmann German/Swiss pocket watch

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My fascination with all watches Glashütte continues.

I was thrilled to get this J. Assmann right before Christmas. It's housed in a 56.5mm 14Kt rose gold case.

There's tons of information on Julius Assmann on the web. To sum it up, as a relatively young man he hooked up with Ferdinand Adolph Lange and worked in his shop for a few years before going out on his own. He made watches mostly for the export market. His son, Paul, took over the business after his father's death in 1886. Paul had trained as a watchmaker in La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland, and I suspect the movement of this watch was made there, perhaps by Le Coultre as it does not have the standard Glashütte 3/4 plate. It may or may not have been finished there as well but still has the "Glashütte" signature on the dial. The company was sold out of the family briefly before Paul's son, Julius, took control. Unfortunately, the company did not survive the Great Depression and Julius later immigrated to the United States.

I am unable to date the manufacture as it seems that Assmann serial numbers are a closely guarded secret, lol. I was going to contact the Watch Museum Glashütte to see if they could help, but unfortunately they are closed due to the pandemic. I'm guessing early 1900s.

The watch runs reasonably well, always a bonus, losing about a minute a day. As you will see, it is immaculate condition. I was able to buy it from an American watch dealer, so I didn't have to sweat out Customs which is a big plus for me.

As always, if anyone has more or better information, I'd love to hear it.
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It is very nice watch.
I agree circa 1900 is reasonable for its date. Meiss's book on Glasshutte watche shas a similar example with a 19,XXX serial number dated to 1910. The same book has a 12,XXXdated to 1900; so, 1908 is my guess.

the books staes that Assmann to meet demand bought in Swiss style movements from Alpina who made them in Glasshutte but added his own mustache lever, which is what this watch has.

Assuming that the watch is not runnig, and the balance is at res,t it probably has a Glashutte balance. It differs from Swiss in that the roller jewel is set into one of the balance arms so the balance rests wth that arm facing the escape wheel.

I agree the movement looks Swiss but The Watch Guide (Shugart) identifies this as an Alpina movement, which was made in Glashutte
It has some minor spotting on the steel parts which is worth treating if you get it serviced. Also some plating is worn in one one of the bridges.

Assmann serial number are mostly sequential except for a separte sequence for watches the firm made for Gruen.
 
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Great information, Dr. Jon. Many thanks.
 
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