Cairo Tramway Watch

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    Cairo Tramway Watch

    A friend of mine recently bought a Dusonchet Tramway Watch. Does anybody have any information on these? There was one discussed here a while back:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=41364

    Who was O. Dusonchet and what does "Tramway" refer to?

    Here is my friend's watch (please excuse my poor photography)

    the belt pouch


    open


    the dial signed "Tramway Watch, O. Dusonchet, Cairo"


    the dust cover


    Moeris calibre 19A, 7 jewels, signed "Dusonchet Watch, Non-magnetic"

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    Re: Cairo Tramway Watch

    Cairo has a tramway system - so perhaps a 'tramway watch' is just like a 'railroad watch'.

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Im...ro.Tram.01.jpg
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    Re: Cairo Tramway Watch

    O Dusonchet probably was a jeweler in Cairo. Le Caire is Cairo in French. One would expect a railroad watch to be a higher grade than a 7 jewel model.

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    Re: Cairo Tramway Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    O Dusonchet probably was a jeweler in Cairo. Le Caire is Cairo in French. One would expect a railroad watch to be a higher grade than a 7 jewel model.
    A quick look over recent on-line auction listings shows that Dusonchet usually supplied them with 15 jewel versions.

    An interesting feature of my friend's watch is the lack of medallions on the dust-cover and the movement is signed 'Dusonchet'. Based on that, my guess is that the 7 jewel was an earlier version. After Moeris won some awards in 1929, it was better marketing to have the movement clearly identified as Moeris.

    Regarding the accuracy of tramway watches vs railroad watches; a tramway is much shorter than an American railway, and the trams only run in one direction on any given track. 7 jewels would be sufficient so long as the watch was built to take a lot of knocks and vibration.

    Marrick, thanks for the picture

    Obviously it's not a 1920s vehicle, but it gives us some idea of the environment in which this watch was used.

    So then O. Dusonchet seems to have been a supplier to the Cairo Tramway, much the same as K. Serkisoff was supplier to the Turkish railways.

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    Re: Cairo Tramway Watch

    And - BTW - S.A. des Tramways du Caire was a Belgian company formed in Brussels in 1895.

    As the Cairo trams were built and run by French speaking Belgians, it seems plausible that they would have contacts with a Belgian or French jeweller - Dusonchet - and perhaps award him the franchise for 'tramway watches'.
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