Meylan Decimal Stopwatch

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  1. Brad Maisto

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    I picked this up today and was wondering if there is any good information available? Do I need to open the chrome case back to determine when this may have been manufactured? It came in its original plastic case and this warranty card is in the back of the case. Is this company still in New York at 264 West 40th Street?
    Thanks for any help, Brad Maisto, KY Floral #44 Secretary
    P. S. I hope to see fellow watch and clock collectors in Louisville this coming Saturday, April 13, 2019.
     
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    The company was founded in 1921 in NYC but is now the Meylan Corp. located in Montclair, NJ (not too far from a Starbucks, BTW, but what isn't these days?). Still in business. The address on the warranty card is apparently a commercial building.
     
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    I have a decimal 18sz waltham vanguard 23J with a dial that looks very much like that one, 100 minute hours and 100 second minutes
     
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    As has been hinted at above Brad, C H Meylan was a Swiss company at some point opened a big office in NY to import Swiss movements. One of their big customers was Waltham. As the American watch companies faded Meylan went more into the timing watch business. This watch will have a very "Heuer" like Swiss movement in it.
     
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    Moving this thread to European & Other Pocket Watches
     
  7. Brad Maisto

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    Well I did get the back off, and the movement has the following: 2,678,991 Seven 7 Jewels Meylan Stopwatch Swiss. Now the next question, how do you get the back cover to “snap” back on?
    Thanks Again for all of the above information, Brad Maisto
     
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    Brad, I think you have to line the lips up, then snap.

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    John, I collect C.H. Meylans. I maintain a large database on C.H. Meylans. See Dropbox - C.H. Meylan Serial Number Database.doc. I think I know as much about C.H. Meylan as anyone. Because I know you to be a respected pocket watch expert, I feel compelled to disagree with you on several points. Charles Henri Meylan (C.H. Meylan) was one of the great late-19th century watchmakers. He came to the U.S. and worked with Waltham helping it develop its line of complicated watches. He simultaneously or later began selling movements and perhaps some complete watches under his own name. It isn't clear to me that he ever had a factory. While he clearly designed watch movements -- he was a rattrapante specialist -- he may have had them made for him by Matile, Badollet, or others. I have never heard that Meylan established an office in the U.S. Rather, he was a partner in Mathey Bros., a New York importer that was his exclusive agent. See the ad at page 25 of my database.

    I know of no connection between C.H. Meylan and the Meylan Stopwatch Company or any other purveyor of low-grade watches. The Meylans behind those low-grade watches might have been relatives, but their watches and firm or firms were wholly unrelated to C.H. Meylan, whose firm only made high-grade watches.

    For further support, see the discussion in C.H. Meylan vs J.E. Meylan Breno Stop Watch?.
     

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