Lot No. 269 (92nd Auction)
J.J. Badolett & Cie., Genève / "Charmilles", Movement No. 139605, 49 mm, 81 g, circa 1894

A gentleman's rare Geneva pocket watch
Case: brass, nickel-plated, glazed on both sides. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, signed, blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, signed "Charmilles Geneva, Patent No. 5056", monometallic screw balance.

Charmilles und Potter's Patent
Around 1886 the American watchmaker Albert H. Potter (1836 - 1908) in Geneva constructed a low priced but reliable and precise pocket watch he named "Charmilles". He described it as "the best watch you can buy for $ 4.00". The outstanding feature of the construction was the fact that the backplate and the case were cut in one piece.
This patent, with others pertaining to the Charmilles watch, was assigned to the New Haven Watch Company for a reputed fifty thousand dollars. The Charmilles watch was produced in a factory in Charmilles outside Geneva - hence the name of the watch - and was an attempt to create reliable timekeeping movements at low prices.
Estimate  1,600 - 1,900 €
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