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    P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    As the title says.
    P.Reynaud et Cie very little data on this.
    diameter 44mm
    21 jewels , Spiral breguet , Wolf toth, stem wind at 3,

    Lever is even more strange. It is the first time meet such construction. What is your opinion?
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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    "Don't loose me" lever ...another funny variation of the "I love you lever" with a closed ring. I give all the different styles personal fantasie names . Beyond the line they are all "Anchor with balance weight" used in the end of the 20 century before the watchmakers realized that "short" is the physial better way.

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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    Looks like a standard lever escapement with a counter poised lever. These extensions are more of a cosmetic nature and to display special skills with the intention to provide a balanced or poised lever. Tests have even shown, that the watch was running the same, if not better, with that thing taken out, because this counter weight created more problems than it did good, especially due to slower action of the lever and energy lost.

    But I guess, more experienced forum members will come in flocks to give better (and perhaps more friendly) explainations. From a collectors point of view, this is something nice to have.

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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    I know that extension it was used with a technical destination. In all my experience i find more types of anchor : Moustache lever , Rabbit Ears , a circle with a cut on the circumference , etc . but until now never see something like this .
    About the watchmaker name can youn tell me somthing?
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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    this type anchor was called "bishop's crook"
    P. Reynaud & Cie was in geneve manufacturer and trader of watchmaking
    Grand Quai 166 in 1857, and at Rue du Port 2 after 1866
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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    I found a similar construction within my movement collection.
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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    another new anchor . That is look like a hamer . Nice. This is an opportunity to make a small database that contain types of anchor

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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    Okay than I start with the both most commun ones:

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    Both you find in countless watches by different makers. Here in the background out of a billodes and the rectagulär one out of a Longines movement. Of course you find this lever also for ligne droite.

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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    these two anchors are harder to find, especially at the first picture.
    1, used in high quality watches, like V&C , P.P, etc and is named Moustache Lever
    2 is found in all LeCoultre movement until 1900. I do not know a name for this type of anchor.
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    Re: P.Reynaud et Cie . What kind of lever is this ?

    Very interesting thread.


    It's great to see these different designs, love that moustache.

    It has been mentioned that these counter balances to the lever were uneccessary as
    they add to the weight and therefore the inertia of the lever.

    That is so true in a lot of cases but in the case of this exceptionaly long lever I'd think a counter
    balance is almost a necessity.

    The lever is from a watch with a large balance wheel and, unusualy in a watch, the lever is pivoted
    outside the circumference of the balance wheel.

    This arrangement of pivoting the lever outside of the balance rim, is most often seen in watches
    produced in LeLocle in the so called 'Jurgensen' style.

    The workmanship, bevelling and polish to this lever is simply stunning..
    From a movement by Meylan and Guiniard finished by Edouard Perregaux Le Locle C1880.















    This next lever is called a 'Tuning Fork' lever.

    It was used on the highest quality English ratchet wheel escapements of a double roller design.
    It is a very rare type and I only managed to identify it from an old book I have, it is also fitted with
    a gold dart guard pin as opposed to the usual brass wire type found on English levers.

    It is from a Kew observatory chronometer rated English lever from the 1890's.

    It is pictured beside the more common English type.










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