Anonymous, Fleurier, Switzerland. Case No 25


Good centre-seconds ‘Chinese market’ watch.

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Swiss silver case of typical form with sprung glazed cuvette, with English hallmarks (rubbed) but probably for 1836, and also with a Chinese mark, as has the movement. Profusely engraved Lepine calibre movement with standing barrel, winding and hand setting from the rear. Detached lever escapement with polished steel club-tooth escape. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Chinese market dial, blued-steel hands. 54.5 mm diameter.

Almost certainly produced in Fleurier, Switzerland, this is a typical watch if its type, with Lepine calibre movement and case: the movement is held, with its cuvette, in a silver drum casing which itself fits into a 3-piece case having a back, bezel and band. Watches of this type can be found in most museums having a horological collection.

Restored dial and wear to the case opening push, otherwise in good original but dirty condition. Not cleaned by me and will tick when wound, but will need a proper service and fresh oil to run properly.