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Geneva, Jan 03, 2022

LOT 90

Attributable to DuBois & Fils
Pocket watch, engraved movement incorporating a compass; “Mi Chronomètre”; silver

CHF 500 - 1,000

EUR 500 - 1,000 / USD 550 - 1,100 / HKD 4,300 - 8,500


Sold: CHF 375

Silver, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6.
Case-back engraved and guilloché (engine-turned); fluted case-band; silver cuvette (dome).
Two-tone white and pink enamel dial with radial Roman numerals; gilded metal and blued steel “Spade” hands.
18’’’ ½, ¾ plate, partly skeleton and engraved with a castle décor, nickel-plated, going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance (probably gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, polished steel index-regulator; compass with wind-rose built into the movement.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-11


Slightly worn

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Dubois & Fils, Le Locle

Model “Mi Chronomètre”

Year circa 1860

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 11 938

Diameter 47.9 mm.

Caliber 18’’’ ½, cylinder escapement

Weight 73.4 gr. (approx.)


This type of watch produced in the Neuchâtel mountains can be attributed to the firm of DuBois & Fils, which in the mid-19th century specialised in watches of unusual design and technical curiosities. The company, founded by Philippe DuBois (1738-1808), became one of the most prominent in the Neuchâtel region for over two centuries.
Several watches incorporating a compass are known, some signed by Lucien Dubois who is probably part of the above-mentioned dynasty. Some have the compass visible on the dial side, others on the movement side. In the latter case the movement has fully engraved bridges in the shape of animals. Many of these watches are destined for export markets.


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