Pocket watch identification??

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  1. nuno

    nuno Registered User

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    Hello,

    I buy this watch 200 usd in a auction house, but I don't know the machine. Please do you know the watchmaker do this type watches? Have a rare movement all work. I tink the case is silver.

    Thanks
    Nuno

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    Congratulations, was built for the Chinese market, one of the rarest and most sought by collectors. this had been designed by Jean Tixier. A watchmaker born in Pontarion France in 1825 and moved to Fleurier in 1850 where marries Henri Vaucher's daughter. but Tixier had an eventful life, fell out of favor and emigrated first to Spain and then to South America, died in Marseille in 1880. But his pupil Henri Ulysse Landry 1827 1875 continued production, then transferred to Cortaillod in the Emile Dupasquier factory.
    this movement uses the escapement patented by Jacot also called crab to get the hand jump
    the mark VF in the case i think was Vaucher Fleurier
    regards enrico
     
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  3. gmorse

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    Hi nuno,

    Yes, it's a variation of the duplex with double locking teeth on the escape wheel, hence the 'crab claw' name. Its effect is to make the seconds hand jump in whole seconds, a feature which Chinese customers apparently found very attractive. The balance has small steel affixes called 'bat wings', which have no practical function but were also thought auspicious by the Chinese.

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    Graham
     
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    The history of the Vaucher Freres company is interesting - two of the brothers died in China, one on a hunting trip for flying fish and the other killed by pirates. The company eventually failed, but made some nice watches (and a few clocks) while they were going.
     
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    Case is probably silver but of unknown purity since it has no hallmark. Chinese were especially fond of silver and paid more for it than others.
     
  6. MartyR

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    I doubt that the case is silver, because it seems to have no assay marks of any kind, and it seems to have signs of deterioration which are unlike silver ... but equally I'm surprised if it's not silver for the quality of the movement!
     
  7. nuno

    nuno Registered User

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    Thanks my friends now i have more information to my new piece of my collection.
     

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