Philippe Dubois & Fils, Locle, Suisse, Case No. 1483, 51 mm, 105 g, circa 1900
A gentleman's minute repeating pocket watch Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, à goutte, gold dome, case maker's punch mark "GJ". Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, gold-chatoned centre wheel, wolfteeth winding wheels, gold screw compensation balance, counterpoised lever.
Du Bois & Cie. In 1785 Philippe Du Bois and his sons founded the Du Bois & Fils 1785 watch company at the family seat in Le Locle. Du Bois had already established extensive business connections all over Europe and America as a cloth merchant, which made things much easier for the start-up watch company. During the 19th century Du Bois & Fils opened branches in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States and business boomed. Due to its proximity to the trade fairs the German Frankfurt branch was particularly important. Source: http://www.dubois.de/n251710/i252594.html, as of 03/12/2011
Estimate 4,200 - 4,800 €
Price Realised 4,400 €
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