Courvoisier & Frčres back winder pocket watch

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    Courvoisier & Frčres back winder pocket watch

    This watch was gifted to me by my dad.
    A superb back winding hunter pocket watch. The silver double case measures 45mm in diameter.
    IMHO Courvoisier & Frčres was considered to be quite a respected brand. But I can't find much info on the net.
    The serial number on the movt. is 33025. I'd grately appretiate if you can throw some light on the brand, movement & approx year of manufacture (It seems to be from the dawn of the 20th century)


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    Re: Courvoisier & Frčres back winder pocket watch

    Well if you are a member of the NAWCC you could borrow the book by Kathleen Pritchard - Swiss Timepiece Makers.

    I have the book(s) and she has about 5 pages on them - sorry too much to type.
    But it was a very respected and knowledgeable watch manufacturer
    One of the company founders was a man called Jacques Houriet (1743 - 1830) he was a most famous Horologist who in 1914 invented the Spherical hairspring.
    He was a friend of Breguet who invented in 1801 the Tourbillon

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    Re: Courvoisier & Frčres back winder pocket watch

    Thanks for the info, Horologist007.
    I'd be very grateful if you may kindly tell me the approx year of manufacture.
    Thanks
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    Re: Courvoisier & Frčres back winder pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Aashdin View Post
    Thanks for the info, Horologist007.
    I'd be very grateful if you may kindly tell me the approx year of manufacture.
    Thanks
    Pleasure, I would copy the pages from the book, but folding them back to scan, damages them

    Your watch is both key wind and key set.
    Crown hand set was invented in 1838
    Crown hand set AND wind in 1847
    So I think your watch will be before that - say 1820s/30s.
    I am not an expert on pocket watches but that would be my guestimate

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    Re: Courvoisier & Frčres back winder pocket watch

    Thanks a ton for your prompt & informative reply
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