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Geneva, Sep 22, 2021

LOT 33

Manufacture Cortébert Watch Co., Juillard & Co.
Digital pocket watch, Pallweber’s patented display; silver

CHF 500 - 1,000

EUR 500 - 950 / USD 550 - 1,100 / HKD 4,300 - 8,600


Sold: CHF 550

Silver (0.800), open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and patented digital display.

Guilloché (engine-turned) case-back, with, in the centre, an escutcheon; gilded metal cuvette (dome).

Later white metal dial with apertures for the Arabic numerals.

Movement 18’’’ ½, gilded brass, going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance and blued

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-27-01



HANDS Original

Brand Cortebert, Cortébert (Bernese Jura)

Year circa 1890-1900

Movement No. 281 493

Case No. 314 387

Material silver (0.800)

Diameter 52.6 mm.

Caliber 18’’’ ½, cylinder escapement

Weight 127.8 gr. (approx.)

Accessories copy of the invention patent


Movement based on the English invention patent No. 5 863, delivered on December 8, 1882 (letter patents dated July 8, 1883), to Josef (or Joseph) Pallweber (?-?), Salzburg (then Austria-Hungary Empire), for “Improvements in Time-Pieces”, for a watch without hands, with digital jump-hours and -minutes device.

This patent is also registered in other countries:
· German invention patent No. 25 042, delivered on May 18, 1883.
· Spanish invention patent No. 36 668, delivered on August 29, 1884.
· American invention patent No. 312 754, delivered on February 24, 1885.
· Canadian invention patent No. 26 958, delivered on June 15, 1887.

This patent is used by the International Watch Company, IWC, Schaffhausen, under the management of Johannes Rauschenbach-Schenk (1856-1905), and, the Manufacture Cortébert Watch Co., Juillard & Co., Cortébert (Bernese Jura), under the management of Albert Juillard-Morel (1827-1909).

Very soon, the invention is upgraded and registered in different countries:

· French invention patent No. 172 545, delivered on November 26, 1885.
· British invention patent No. 4 978, delivered on April 9, 1886.
· German invention patent, delivered on April 12, 1886.
· American invention patent No. 359 227, delivered on March 8, 1887.


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