Invicta "Tourbillon", Louis und Edouard Fallet Fils, St. Imier, 53 mm, 104 g, circa 1906
A gentleman's almost as new pocket watch with one-minute tourbillon Case: iron, gun-metal finished, polished, glazed aperture for visible blance. Dial: enamel, eccentric hour indicator with Roman numerals, centre seconds, spade hands. Movm.: brass, gilt, signed "Fureur No. 34394", lever escapement, screw compensation balance, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.
The patent for this type of watch was submitted by Louis and Edouard Fallet Fils of St. Imier in 1905 and was issued the number 34394. By placing the tourbillon on a central arbor, Edouard Fallet avoided infringing the Swiss patent no. 30754 the French maker Paul Loichot of Charquemont (Doubs) had received on June 6, 1904; the fact that the cage was visible on the dial side was part of Loichot’s claim element. A watch that is identical except for the signature on the dial is illustrated in Reinhard Meis‘ "Das Tourbillon" on page 313.
Estimate 3,700 - 4,500 €
Price Realised 3,400 €
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