Mystery pocket chronomètre… any ideas?

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    Mystery pocket chronomètre… any ideas?

    For your consideration, from a Swiss forum, this pocket watch about which I can't find a single information…






    I can't even figure the stamp…

    Thank you in advance!

    François – Quebec City, QC

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    Re: Mystery pocket chronomètre… any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Boucher View Post
    For your consideration, from a Swiss forum, this pocket watch about which I can't find a single information…






    I can't even figure the stamp…

    Thank you in advance!


    eley watch co

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    Re: Mystery pocket chronomètre… any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by dzidzimidzi2003 View Post
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    …Do you have a reference? I have not found any.

    BTW, we found the case maker:





    FRAINIER
    entre 1864 et 1930.

    FRAINIER : originaire de Porrentruy (Suisse), où il fabriquait des boites de montres en 1864. Il créée un genre très personnel. Il frappait au balancier. Tous ces poinçons sont gravés à la main.

    Historique : La période qui s’étend de 1890 à 1914 est une période faste pour l’horlogerie; deux courants bien distincts caractérisent la production horlogère de cette époque: tandis que les boîtiers de montres guillochés, gravés ou ornés d’émaux peints ou translucides mettent en valeur les compositions de l’Art nouveau, la qualité de la fabrication des mouvements atteint une sorte d’apogée qui prendra fin avec l’apparition de la montre-bracelet.
    Un atelier de production de boîtiers de montres, celui de la fabrique Frainier & fils, établie à Morteau dès 1864 est conservé au Musée d’horlogerie de cette ville. L’atelier est doté d’une machine à guillocher et, la collection de fonds de boîtes qui l’accompagne illustre le travail à l’époque de l’Art nouveau.
    (source "Art Nouveau La Chaux de Fonds").

    Site de vente de poinons FRAINIER
    Last edited by Francois Boucher; November 1st, 2010 at 13:48.
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    Re: Mystery pocket chronomètre… any ideas?

    It shares some similarity style-wise with my Octus, so I would have thought late 20s early 30s. That kind of fits with when the case maker went out of business (assuming I read that right).

    I can't find that maker's mark either.

    You know, we're going to probably need the setting works to attempt a movement ID, it is very generic looking...

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    Re: Mystery pocket chronomètre… any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    You know, we're going to probably need the setting works to attempt a movement ID, it is very generic looking...
    I believe the movement to be Unitas, or maybe Junghans (J4X). But I can't find the exact reference… According to the owner, it measures 38 mm (17"').

    Thank you for your comments!
    François – Quebec City, QC

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    Re: Mystery pocket chronomètre… any ideas?

    I see what you mean about Junghans, but I don't think they ever did their click like that.

    For some reason I can't quite put my finger on, that click makes me think A.S.

    Of course with custom bridgework etc, who can tell.

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