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Hi everyone. I'm trying to find out more about this watch I bought in San Antonio, TX, 30 or so years ago. It's signed by Edouard Juvet. Didn't he and his family start in Switzerland and do a great deal of business in China? Is it from the 1800s? Could you give me any idea on it's value in today's market? Is it a brand generally sought after by collectors? I'll include some photos. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give.

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agemo

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Hello,
here is an extract from the book "La Montre Chinoise".

The Juvet family was one of the important Swiss horological families which produced pieces for the Chinese market. Edouard Juvet (1820-1883) opened his workshop in Buttes in 1842 and moved to Fleurier in 1844. In 1856 Edouard started making watches for the Chinese market; both his sons Ami-Louis and Léo eventually went to China to work in the family firm there. After Ami-Louis had died there, Léo (1848-1891) travelled to China to take his place. Only the Bovets rivalled the Juvets in Shanghai – however, the two families always maintained friendly relations. The Juvets flourished with branches in Beijing and Tianjin, to the extent that in 1872 Léo wrote: “Our watches sell like salt”. Edouard Juvet registered a trademark in Chinese characters in 1873, to be used on the company’s products. In November 1875 he granted his son Léo power of attorney; after Edouard’s death in February 1883, Léo succeeded him as head of the firm.
The pocket watches by Juvet with their finely handcrafted and unique artistic style were welcomed by the royal family members of the Qing Dynasty. Juvet has since become the emperor’s watch brand. Owning a Juvet pocket watch is a symbol of nobility.

Unfortunately your watch (circa 1850) is one of the watches that were sold to modest people and in its current state it is not worth much.

Amicalement GG
 

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Hi Raci570,

Blue jewels, mostly sapphires, were sometimes used in top grade movements, but since sapphire and ruby are the same material, (aluminium oxide, commonly called corundum), the main effect is cosmetic, although the quality of the stones was a more practical consideration.

Regards,

Graham
 
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