Pocket Watches

Minute repeating pocket watch with Grande Sonnerie quarter chiming

    Minute repeating pocket watch with Grande Sonnerie quarter chiming

    Switzerland, Le Locle

    Circa 1920


    Gold, steel, glass, enamel, blue-finished steel; casting, polishing, mechanical work, engraving

    Diameter 4.8 cm, thickness 1.2 cm

    On the lids inner side: “2398”, on rear lid inner side: number, “K 18”, gold mark “Gelvetica”, on cuvette: “MINUTES / GRANDE SONNERIE / RĖPĖTITION / Quarts et Minutes / CARILLON, on control scale: “Avance”, “Retard”; Golden mark on the rod; on the rim: “SILENCE”, “SONNERIE”. On the dial mounting plate: patents numbers; “Ditisheim”; “15833” for chime disabling and Cesar Racine “18543” for Grand Sonnerie chime


    Pocket mechanical clock in gold round polished hunter case with winding crown, button and chapter ring. White enamel dial with Arabic numerals for hours' designation, minutes’ divisions on the external ring and two goldish hands is behind the glass lid. Small dial with Arabic numerals for seconds’ designation in ten partitions and the hand. The lever for activating the repeater is on the rim. Chime mute lever with the inscription “SILENCE”, “SONNERIE” is on the rim edge. Engraved inscriptions with information about the movement design details are on the cuvette. Gold marks and serial number are on the rear lid inner side; number, the cuvette number and marks are on the front lid.  The watch thirty-jewel gilded movement with split bimetallic balance, control scale, straight lever escapement, minute repeater, hour and quarter hour Grand Sonnerie chime with three polished steel hammers upon three gongs and two spring motors.