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Geneva, Sep 22, 2021


Didishein & Frères
Decorative pendant-watch; silver

CHF 100 - 200

EUR 100 - 200 / USD 150 - 250 / HKD 900 - 1,750


Sold: CHF 75

Silver (0.935), open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pendant-watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6.

Case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine-cut) with a pattern décor, with, in the centre, an escutcheon; case-band with engraved motif.

White and vieux-rose (light pink) enamel dial with radial Roman numerals and paillonné décor; blued steel “Pear” hands.

Movement 12’’’ ½, gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance and blued steel flat hairspring, patented polished steel index-regulator.

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-71-01



HANDS Original

Brand Albert Didisheim & Frères, Saint-Imier (Bernese Jura)

Model made for Hopkins & Hopkins, Dublin

Year circa 1895

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 161 793

Diameter 34.3 mm.

Caliber 12’’’ ½, straight-line lever escapement, patented index-regulator

Weight 36.4 gr. (approx.)

Accessories copy of the invention patent


Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 6 776, delivered on June 13, 1893, to Albert Didisheim & Frères, Saint-Imier, for a “Système de raquette permettant un grand déplacement des goupilles” (System of index-regulator allowing a large displacement of the pins).


Albert Didisheim & Frères, Saint-Imier (Bernese Jura), future Marvin

Marvin is a Swiss watch manufacturer. The Marvin Watch Company was founded 1850 by Marc and Emmanuel Didisheim in Saint-Imier. Already in 1854 one could move to the newly built office building of the pocket watch manufacture.

1891-1892, the new generation change was performed: the three sons of Marc Didisheim, Henri-Albert, Edgar and Charles, took over the management of the company, which changed its name to Albert Didisheim & Frères. In 1894 the company moved to La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1895 Henri-Albert took over the management. The American market became the marketing focus. The export to America was organized by the general agency in New York, headed by Hippolyte Didisheim. With the establishment of the new factory building in 1912 the company name was modified to Marvin.

1917, the three sons of Henri-Albert took over the management of the company. Despite reorientation towards wristwatches the production of fine manufacture movements was maintained. Besides own movements Marvin also used Rolex movements for a short period. In the 1930’s Marvin brought the model “La Gauche” on the market. Its development was probably due to the fact that Henri-Albert Didisheim himself was left-handed.

1936, the trade mark “Nivrel” was introduced. After acquisition of the company Election Marvin kept this name as a factory brand. From 1940 the company began alliances with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Ferrari, Mercedes, Jaguar, Fiat, MG, Rover and Chevrolet. 1950, at the 100-year anniversary, Marvin could refer to a global distribution network that stretched across 70 countries.


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Important notice – Special conditions Please look carefully at all the photos as they are an integral part of the description. Any defect not mentioned in the descriptions but visible on the photos will be considered as described and cannot lead to any claim. The dimensions are given as an indication and may slightly differ from the measures mentioned by the manufacturers especially for contemporary watches. The photos are not retouched. Colors may differ from reality. For timepieces, we guarantee neither the functioning nor the precision of the movement, nor the water-resistance of the case. In addition, please note that movements, parts of mechanisms or cases may be incomplete. The lots are sold “as is”, described to the best of our knowledge and cannot be returned. Once the online bid is placed by the bidder, it cannot be cancelled.