Spectacular Rare1800's Skeleton Pocket Watch
This one has been a fun one to research as there is no serial number and only 2 known manufacturers using "Herik" as their hallmark; Arnold Meroz and Henri Vaucher. Those two worked out of Le Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during the late 1800's. A midst the months of research I have only run across one other of these pocket watches by the same manufacturer. It is a 16 ligne size and has a straight line or inverted lever escapement which was used during that time period. It was also during this time frame Bovet - Fluerier became known for the skeletonized styles being imported to China. Fluerier and Le Chaux-de-Fonds happen to be only 22 miles apart. It is hard to determine which of these men made it or the exact year but, based on the manufacturing going on at that time in Switzerland and the expertise that this piece was created with I am venturing to say one of this gentleman worked with/for the Bovet company. Bovet Fleurier SA is a Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers chartered May 1, 1822 in London, U.K. by Édouard Bovet. It is most noted for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century. Today it produces high-end artistic watches (priced between US $18,000 and $2.5 million) with a style that references its history. The company is known for its high-quality dials (such as the Fleurier Miniature Painting models), engraving, and its seven-day tourbillon. decorative movements.The original Bovet watches were also among the first to emphasize the beauty of their movements with skeletonized views and highly decorated dials. This is a extremely specialized pocket watch and is a prize collectible for the pocket watch enthusiasts.
Arsa Extra Man's Watch
This watch represents the beauty and the ingenuity of the ARSA movements. This A. Reymond Ltd wrist watch Swiss made from the 1940's. Case is all stainless steel with screw down back, measures 37 mm long and 30 mm wide excluding crown. Dial is aged, writings are faded, used to be luminous Arabic numbers, steel skeleton hands, central seconds, outer scale for minutes and seconds- military style. Movement is 17 jewels caliber AS with incabloc protection on balance wheel, serviced, keeping time strong. Comes with brand new band. Watch is hallmarked and in average good condition. ARSA pocket and wristwatches and UNITAS wristwatches were coveted for their accuracy and appreciated for their affordability and style. Over the course of the 20th century, many travelers to Switzerland who owned these watches would travel by train to Tramelan to see the Manufacture Auguste Reymond and perhaps peer into the workshops to see the master watchmakers at work.In the early 1930s, the Incabloc® movement shock absorber was developed, and it revolutionized movement durability and maintaining accuracy. It was adopted by virtually all Swiss movement manufacturers. It has been refined over the decades since and is the premier method of protecting Swiss watches from severe shock. UNITAS incorporated the Incabloc® system in their movements.