Watch Surprisingly Good Watches by Unheralded Makers a very unusual chronograph

Ethan Lipsig

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Since many of us have heard at least something about obscure makers, we should perhaps refocus this thread from unkown makers to little-known makers, as determined by a paucity of prior posting to this message board about that maker. I will nominate my L. Huguenin two-train, jump-1/4-second rattrapante as an example. Quite a few Huguenins were in the watch business, but there isn't a single thread on the L. Huguenin on this message board.

My L. Huguenin dates back to around 1880. It is in a heavy, worn 57mm 18k hunter case (the case weighs 63.7 DWT, about $3800 in net scrap value, before adjustment down for crystals, springs, and any weights.

The movement is lovely, but far more complicated than a "normal" rattrapante.

The watch works well and keeps time despite having some winding issues that over $1,000 in repairs have not yet fixed. It still is being worked on.

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