Nice Swiss movement...help to identify please .

PJQL

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Hi all,

This movement arrived today. It's clearly a familiar Swiss layout, but the features such as the wolf teeth winding wheels, the chromed escape cap, and the lever set suggest better than average to me.

The dial is one that just clips over the dial plate (no screws etc). I do not know if the dial plate is commonplace or decent quality either, so some all round guidance would be appreciated :)

FYI, it winds and runs nicely.

Thanks,

Piers
 

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The dial clips on the dial plate

characteristic of a high-quality construction. and in fact is a LeCoultre movement

regards enrico
 

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Thank you very much Enrico,

Is the 'lever-set' system quite common on le coultre movements of this type?

Piers
 

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Was not a common use, but at the request of certain markets or for railroad use.
pictured a pin set
pin set.jpg

regards enrico
 

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It is a nice fairly high grade watch. Le Coultre was almost synonymous with pin or lever setting in the 1870's which about when i think this watch was made. It is interesting that the Geneva stop studs have been ground off but teh movement probably had one when new. Flat teeth on escape wheel indicate a notch down from top grade.
 

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among watchmakers, it was common practice to eliminate the geneva stop to increase the autonomy of the pocket watch :mallethead:

regards enrico
 

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among watchmakers, it was common practice to eliminate the geneva stop to increase the autonomy of the pocket watch :mallethead:

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Enrico, what do you mean; increase the running time? Didn't that negatively affect timing?
 

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without the Geneva stop work increases the running time of a few hours. but obviously it worsened the isochronism. unfortunately at the first repair was eliminated.
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