Meylan Minute Repeater?

Ethan Lipsig

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A few years back I bought a very nice 18k Theo. B. Starr, Inc. private label minute repeater at an Antiquorom auction. The Antiquorom catalog attributed the watch to C.H. Meylan.

Since then, I have acquired a very nice 18k signed C.H. Meylan minute repeater.

I see no similarities between the signed Meylan's movement and the Starr's movement. So, is my Theo. B. Starr really a C.H. Meylan? If not, what is it?

The first two shots are of the signed C.H. Meylan. The second two shots are of the Theo. B. Starr.
 

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When I posted this thread in 2008, no one replied to it. I have resuscitated it in hopes that someone will answer my question -- who made this private label minute repeater?
 

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There are some differences but the parallel, notched tip cocks over the third fourth and escape wheel are a Patek Philippe signature feature. I found a signed Patek example on a for sale site with the same straight tooth winding wheels, but the click and number range are very different.

I doubt that it is by Audemars Piguet but Aubert is a possibility.
 
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A few years back I bought a very nice 18k Theo. B. Starr, Inc. private label minute repeater at an Antiquorom auction. The Antiquorom catalog attributed the watch to C.H. Meylan. Since then, I have acquired a very nice 18k signed C.H. Meylan minute repeater. I see no similarities between the signed Meylan's movement and the Starr's movement.
No wonder, Ethan, that you see no similarities - the Starr is typical, well known LeCoultre, and the Meylan has all the characteristics of Victorin Piguet, especially the placement of the surprise hammer* acting from the underneath, against gravity (with the pendant up), controlled by the V-shaped lever. The LeCoultre looks no earlier than 1895 and no later than 1910, the Piguet 1905-1910.
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* Part of a safety device assuring the correct striking a few seconds before or after each quarter.

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Many thanks, Philip.
 
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