Gold Repeating Watch no. 15688
Case: Gold, hunting, winding by the cover
Dial: White enamel displaying two time zones
Movement: Nickel, bi-metallic balance with blued steel balance spring with polished steel kidney piece, lever with capped pivots, quarter repeating
18?? - Haas Neveux, Geneve
???? - Private collection, California, prior to 2017
2017 - Horological Times magazine Mar 2017, "
Quarter Hour Repeater with Dual Time
Please tell me what you can about this watch.
Inside the front cover in a semicircle is “B. H.
J. Co.” and a “G,” also the Swiss hallmark for
18K.750, and also 88, which is the last two digits
of the No. 15688 that is in the back cover.
The movement—jeweled lever escapement
type—has an extra wheel driven off of the center
wheel, probably for the dual time. The balance,
fork, and escape wheel have cap jewels. If the
lower plate is jeweled the same as the upper, the
movement has 35 jewels. Twelve of which are in
the repeating part. The mainspring is wound by
moving the front cover open and closed, when
wound up it just moves freely. The setting lever is
located at the 2 o’clock position outside the bezel.
Could it be a Le Phare ebauche?
Could you please try
and identify it as who
made the movement and
the case, also about when
it was made. The complete
watch weighs about 4 1/2
Merlin Meyer, M& M Repair, Orcutt, CA
When I learned, through Maureen Seals at
AWCI, that you found out that the “BHJ” on the
back of your watch case was Benjamin Haas Jeune
& Co and that the initial G stands for Geneva, I was
able to learn more about your watch.
Benjamin Haas, then in Besançon, France, won
a bronze medal at the Paris Universal Exposition
in 1867. A bit later he invented a form of winding
where the mainspring was wound by opening
the front cover of a hunting case watch. For
this invention he received British Patent #3945,
December 2, 1873. This patent was licensed by him
to other makers as well. The company excelled in
unique and exceptional timepieces.
By 1880 the company was located in Geneva,
Paris, and Besançon, and they called themselves
manufacturers. In 1907 the firm changed its name
to Haas Neveux & Cie., and continued making
fine and complicated watches until around 1939.
As an additional note, a fine Benjamin Haas
Jeune pocket chronograph repeater was sold by
Christie’s in 2013.
David Christianson, Researcher