Lately, I've been collecting watches that I could pass down individually to my two children, their spouses and my likely to remain one and only grandchild. I'm sure when the time comes, hopefully later rather than sooner, my wife will either sell off the remainder of my collection or just let the kids divide it up however they choose. So I wanted each one to have a watch that was special enough to me to make it special enough for them, if that makes sense. Everyone was accounted for except my daughter, but I finally found one that I think she will enjoy. It's an A.H. Rodanet, not sure of the year but "1888" is engraved on the dust cover. It looks more like a turn of the century watch to me, but I'm certainly no expert. Assuming it stayed in France during the first fifty years of its life, which I realize is a big assumption, then it has survived two world wars and all sorts of human and natural calamities. I got it from a jeweler in the UK, so I have no idea how many jewels it has. The 40 mm case is 18K gold. It's only my second French watch. The other one, a Moeri Brevete, is a junker that cost me next to nothing but winds and sets the time easily and is incredibly accurate. Hopefully, that bodes well for this one. I did some research on Monsieur Rodanet. Interesting guy. Auguste Hilaire Rodanet was born in 1837 in the village of Rochefort Sur Mer. At some point he opened his own shop in Paris at the address listed on the dust cover, where he sold Phillipe Patek watches as well as his own. (Although the address is still there, not far from Notre Dame Cathredal, the shop is not.) At the tender age of 21, he won a silver medal for his work on a chronometer. I'm sure there were some old timer watch makers not real happy with that, lol. In 1890 he founded the watch making school Horlogerie Rodanet de Paris. He also published a book in 1903, L'horlogerie astronomique et civile. Ses usages - ses progrès - sonenseignement à Paris. He was also the Mayor of the Second Arrondissement from 1904 until his death in 1907. At some point, he was received into the French Legion of Honor. So this watch has quite the pedigree. As always, if anyone out there has more or better information about Mon. Rodanet in general or this watch in particular I'd love to hear it.