Louis Matile Watch

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  1. DamonBA

    DamonBA New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm DamonBA and first I'd like to say this group is a wonderful resource that I've only just discovered.

    I'm a new collector with only 2 watches to my name, and one of those I've just recently inherited and I'd like to learn more about it.

    I hope this is the right place to ask. It's a Louis Matile Pocket watch, seems to be in really good condition, hardly a blemish and winds and keeps time well. Enamel on both faces, the front face being that of a chubby lady, and the back is solid blue with floral/strange designs. The lady has 3 actual diamonds in her hair.

    This is the only website I found that had any info, it seems Matile watches are quite obscure? Sorry for my amateur demeanor, but I'm really just new into this. And thanks in advance for any info you could provide.
     
  2. JTD

    JTD Registered User

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    Welcome to the board.

    There are lots of people here who are very knowledgeable and will be glad to help. However, in order to do so, it would be really good if you could post clear, sharp photos of your watch. Post photos of the case (both inside and out), any hallmarks or maker's marks and then also clear photos of the movement itself.

    I am sure there will be folks who will be glad to help you.

    JTD
     
  3. DamonBA

    DamonBA New Member

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    Thanks so much for the welcome.
    I hope these pictures are clear enough for the time being.
    I’ve understood after some reading that “Locle” is the town where many renowned watchmakers worked.

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    DamonBA New Member

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    Thank you Jess, those search links are interesting and useful. I’ve been online almost all day and slowly realizing this may be a really unique piece considering the condition. I saw a similar piece with a child in an orchard and mountains which is really much more interesting, but now I’d like to know if this lady was painted as a commission or just a random likeness..
     
  6. LloydB

    LloydB Registered User

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    Likely you've seen these...other Henri Montandon
    (retailer) timepieces:
    "henri montandon" jeweler - Google Search
     
  7. JTD

    JTD Registered User

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    I would say she is just 'a random likeness', not any one in particular.

    Very few things are.

    JTD
     
  8. Dr. Jon

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    The watch movement is fairly generic 1850's Geneva type but it has an archaic lever.

    It is not the original movement. The case cuvette is marked Montandan, who was also a good maker. They made the case. The case is very fine. The portrait is probably a commission and was copied fro m an original portrait

    My guess is that the original movement needed an expensive repair and it was changed out.
     
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