Slim Swiss verge pocket watch...

pmwas

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The words ‚slim’ and ‚verge’ don’t go together that often, as verge escapement is typically associated with thick, big timekeepers.

Here I got a nice Swiss piece by Thaller J. Pesten... obviously made in 19th Century...

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Wound from the front, this has a silver case and enamel dial.

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What instantly caught my eye, is the unusual, 12 o’clock winding post position...

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Silver case in nice condition.
Coin edge...

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The case is not remarkably slim, but nit bad for a large 19th Century watch...

The dial has hairline cracks, but is also in good condition...

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Silver hallmark...

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And the movement...

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Gilt movement with 3/4 plate design...

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Interestingly for a 3/4 - balance is undersprung. The regulator is not on the balance cock, but on the top plate...

The escapement is unexpected...

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Like I said - verge.
It’s not the slimmest verge ever, but definitely slim enough to call unusual.
Like any 3/4 plate verge ;)
 

John Matthews

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Very interesting - does anyone know more?

I assume this is the fusee chain peeping out.

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I was wondering how many turns for a full wind and the working duration for a full wind.

John
 

gmorse

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Hi Paul,

This is a very unusual and interesting revision of the usual verge layout; even using a 3/4 plate calibre on a verge is rare enough, but making one this slim makes it quite special.

Regards,

Graham
 
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JTD

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I think is a Hungarian watchmaker Jozsep Thaller Pecs in the mid-nineteenth century.
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Yes, Hungarian and yes, Thaller Jószef, but the OP's watch is marked 'Pesten', which means 'in Pest' in Hungarian (the Pest side of Budapest).

I don't know if József Thaller worked in Pécs, he may have done, but Pécs is about 160km south of Budapest, so quite a long way.

It's a very nice watch and I like it very much.

Others may know more.

JTD
 
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