Pocket Watches

Open face pocket watch with quarter repeater and automaton

    Open face pocket watch with quarter repeater and automaton


    Circa 1820

    Gold, glass, steel, enamel, brass; glazed enamel, gilding, engraving, mechanical work

    Diameter 6 cm

    On the rear lid inner side: “K18 SSS 2379”; on the mounting plate: “V”, “L”


    Mechanical pocket watch in circular open face case, with two lids, partly opened movement, polished pendant and a ring. Geometrical embossed ornament is on the rear presswork lid.

    Cast rim of the case is ornately shaped. Protective glass with an aperture for the watch winding is under the spherical glass lid. The automaton elements under the protective glass feature bells, leaves, butterfly, torches, Putti figurine and Jaquemarts that are made of multicolour gold: girls are on the left-hand side, young men figures with movable arms are on the right side. White enamel dial with Arabic numerals for hours’ designation, minutes’ divisions on the external chapter ring, and two golden color Breguet style hands is in the center. The lever for activating the quarter repeater and automaton - Jaquemarts, imitating the hammers striking upon the bells is on the rim. A hinged loop is on the cuvette. Watch movement with mounting plate framed with the engraved pattern, openwork engraved balance support, escapement control scale, blued screws, quarter repeater, three hammers, the automaton and spring motor.