S SMITH & SON - split-seconds pocket watch chronograph

mato57

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Can you help me with identification of this movement please (manufacturer, year of prodution)?

Based on writing on the dial and hallmarks on the case, I assumed I was buying an English watch, but the S SMITH & SON specialist wrote me it is a Swiss watch.

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gmorse

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Hi mato57,
Based on writing on the dial and hallmarks on the case, I assumed I was buying an English watch, but the S SMITH & SON specialist wrote me it is a Swiss watch.
The hallmarks in the case are Swiss and the two large and one small bear stamps were introduced in 1888 and in use until 1914, to signify a silver purity of 0.935, to satisfy UK regulation purity standards for sterling. The movement is also highly likely to be Swiss in origin, indeed very many chronograph and repeater complications were made in Switzerland and bought in by English makers in the later 19th century, with or without final finishing, to be fitted into cases and sold by UK makers, often without any acknowledgement of their origins.

However, the UK import regulations changed in 1907 to make it necessary for all imported Swiss watches to be assayed and marked with UK import marks as well, and since your watch lacks these, it probably dates from before 1907.

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Graham
 
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mato57

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Hi Graham,

Thanks for the explanation and useful link.
Concerning the year of production, I have found this ad on the Internet, dated "March 1896":

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Martin
 

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This rattrapante chronograph was built by the Henchoz Freres of LeLocle where the brothers Auguste and Fritz in business since 1881 specializing in chronographs and repeaters. Several patents in US UK and Switzerland, built their own from scratch, did not use external ebauches, the chronograph with three registers was built with three different movements also for the Ottoman market. The Ascot The Winner were their trademarks.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, his sons Auguste-Alfred and Marcel-Emile took over, in 1920 the headquarters was in Geneva. henchoz-werb.JPG
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mato57

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Thank you very much, Enrico. This is what I wanted to know.

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Martin
 

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