Pocket Watches

Pocket watch with quarter repeater and automaton

    Pocket watch with quarter repeater and automaton

    Switzerland, USA (case)

    Circa 1915

    Martel Watch Co.

    Gold, metal, glass, enamel, brass; gilding, engraving, painted enamel, guilloche, mechanical work

    Diameter 5.4 cm

    Marks on the rear lid inner side: “WARRANTED”, “14K”, “S.ASSAY”, “29393”; on the front lid inner side“29393”, on the movement “MARTEL WATCH CO”, “16686”


    Mechanical pocket watch in round gold case, with three lids, winding crown, button and polished ring. Cartouche surrounded with leaves is in the front guilloched lid center, polished round medallion is on the rear lid. Dark blue enamel dial shield with onlay pattern in the form of bells with wreath and acanthus leaves, cornucopia, baskets with flowers and gilded figurines of a girl and a young man – Jacqemarts with hammers in their movable hands is under the spherical glass cover. White enamel dial with blue Arabic numerals for hours’ designation, minutes’ gilded divisions on the external rim, two ornately shaped goldish color with enamel center hands, framed with embossed twisted ornament is in the center. The lever for switching on/off the repeater and the automaton- Jacqemarts, imitating the hammers striking upon bells. The erotic scene in the interior with a dog on its hind legs is depicted on the cuvette. Marks are on the rear lid inner side - “WARRANTED”, “14K”, “S.ASSAY”, “29393”. Nickel plated watch movement is on fifteen stones, with bimetallic compensatory balance, hour, quarter and minute repeater on two steel gongs, two automata and spring motor.