Unusual quarter repeater identification help please (pic heavy)

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    Unusual quarter repeater identification help please (pic heavy)

    hey guys, ok so i bought this curious quarter repeater online from the depths of ebay and after weeks of looking for similarities between first this and the fakes of the time period (pre 1850, due to it being a keywind i assume) and i dont get anything near the quality or the craftsmanship of this 42.53mm by 4.1mm masterpiece, im not sure who made this watch but after a google search the only manufacturer that stands out is VC and breguet.

    now i know the chances of me getting a real vc or breguet or any true antique swiss quarter repeater for what i paid are slim to none but please id love it if someone could help or point me the way to go or even solve this mystery .

    The works are no doubt Gilt and the edges of every steel bar under the dial are chambfered (i think thats how you spell that) and the watch is still ticking. there is an arbor at either the 4 ocklock off center and a nother at 11? then a push button at 2ocklock that when pressed moves an arm under the dial. please let me know any info on this watch even if is somethinglike its not complete. thank you for your help as always

    Edit: i forgot to mention the sound resonance from this watch is incredible unlike anything i have ever heard in person

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    Re: Unusual quarter repeater identification help please (pic heavy)

    I doubt that the movement has anything to do with Breguet or Vacheron & Constantin (well, back then, that would have been only "Vacheron").

    Unsigned Breguet? Ummm, no. Even if it would have been signed, I'd still be suspicious.

    The movements with Lepine layouts were in a way similar to Breguet's designs.

    To me, it looks like it's based on one of the Lepine layouts. These were used by dozens of manufacturers, and therefore it is unlikely that we'll ever know who made this one.
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    Thank you for your r reply I was able to have a chance to throw. This under my microscope and the the top of the Barrel is signed I can only make out an I or an a though :/ I'm not sure what to think on it though as far as numanistic value is there any and do you happen to know is it complete

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    Re: Unusual quarter repeater identification help please (pic heavy)

    Identification may require disassembly in case as you note there are signed parts - a reasonably common practice by some manufacturers at the time.
    As for being complete I don't think you have shown the complete dial side.


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    Re: Unusual quarter repeater identification help please (pic heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    Identification may require disassembly in case as you note there are signed parts - a reasonably common practice by some manufacturers at the time.
    As for being complete I don't think you have shown the complete dial side.
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    Re: Unusual quarter repeater identification help please (pic heavy)

    It appears you are missing some dial side parts but since I'm not familiar with repeaters the only parts I could put a name to would be the Geneva stop works on the barrel.


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