Help? Papillon Vintage Pocket Watch
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    Help? Papillon Vintage Pocket Watch

    I found my grandfathers' pocket watch and after a quick Google I can't seem to find much info on it or anything similar. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the make or watch itself!

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    Re: Help? Papillon Vintage Pocket Watch

    Wont' be able to tell you much without pictures of the movement. The dial and case are pretty typical for the late 1800/early 1900 (and it looks like it was dropped and repaired at least once). Papillon was registered as a trademark of "Paul Sandoz & Cie" from La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1905, which fits the time frame. The Sandoz family was incredibly prolific in terms of marketing; Microlisk shows over 200 registrations to various combinations of Sandoz family companies (Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index). Many of those can be traced to Henri Sandoz, who founded Cyma and Tavannes, but I don't see any indication that Paul Sandoz was part of this branch of the family (unless others have more information). That (to me at least) would indicate that they mostly dealt in common, low to mid-grade watches designed to emulate the quality of the industry leading American companies at a lower price. At the higher end, such watches were as good as their American contemporaries. At the low end, they were the Swiss equivalent of Dollar watches.
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