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Which MARTI makes this movement

rlwindle

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I have three Art Deco clocks with movements made in France by MARTI (pictured) These clocks range from the late 20s to the early 30s. I Googled the name in all capitals, and get F. Marti, and S Marti, etc. Does anyone know who this MARTI is?

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Richard T.

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I would tend to agree with Jurgen. What type clock is this in? Could we see the case or do you already have a time period of the clock?

Fritz was around until 1900 or so and not too much is known about the company.

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richard T.
 

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Attached are all three cases that have one of these movements in them, all marked MARTI, this one is out of the zig-zag deco one (late 20s) with the puppys on it. The others, the Acher from 1933, The brown and oynx about 1933-35.
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jmclaugh

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There were it seems two companies known by the name Marti, Samuel Marti et Cie of Montbeliard and Fritz Marti et Fils of Vieux-Charmont. Little it appears is known about either of them and they don't appear to be mentioned beyond 1900 when they both won medals at exhibitions. Obviously one or other of them or even both survived to the period your Art Deco clocks belong to but I couldn't say which one.
 

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Yes, the Martis were one of the larger dynasties and I can't figure it all out to the point, either.
Fritz Marti was a Swiss actually and there must have been business connections to S. Marti at least.
Perhaps F. Marti even was a part of S. Marti & Cie. "enterprises".
Clocks were only one branch; they did arms and even early sonar devices, etc., a multi-purpose company,
finally taken over by the Peugeot Automobiles company, another multi-purpose enterprise.

Anyway, it is known, that Japy, Marti and Vincenti were all hooked-up and tangled with each other, it was indeed
a conglomerat.

I don't know how long F. Marti was around, but S. Marti was awarded a "Grand Prix", Paris, in 1931.

Fritz Marti (La Chaux-des-Fonds) was granted Swiss patents for electric clocks in 1932 and 1933:


161.094
1932-01-06
Pièce d'horlogerie électrique
Fritz Marti, La-Chaux-de-Fonds
166.275
1933-05-04
Dispositif de contact pour pièces d'horlogerie électriques
Fritz Marti, André Strahm, Ernest Boss, La-Chaux-de-Fonds
 

rlwindle

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Then MARTI is probably their logo?

Attached is another clock with their logo on the movement. This one has a quartz movement in it right now, the movement is being repaired.

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Then MARTI is probably their logo?

Russ
Yes it is safe to assume the Marti logo on your clocks belongs to one or other of them.

As Jurgen says it is very likely the two Marti firms may have been connected with each other and may even have been related to each other but as I said there appears to be very little information at least that I have come across on either company or the connection between Samuel & Fritz Marti or if at some point they merged their operations. Japy, Marti and Vincenti (Roux) who all had factories in the same area of eastern Frnace are known to have set up a joint company to market their products but afaik it did not extend beyond that.
 

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