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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 131

Swiss Horological Centre for Invalids of Bienne / Biel
Horological school pocket watch; stainless steel

CHF 200 - 400

EUR 200 - 400 / USD 250 - 450 / HKD 1,700 - 3,400


Sold: CHF 2,000

Stainless steel, keyless-winding, round-shaped, horological school pocket watch, with snap-on case-back and subsidiary seconds at 6.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Swiss Watchmaking Centre for Invalids of Bienne, Bienne / Biel

Model “Centre Horloger Suisse pour Invalides”

Year circa 1968

Movement No. 2

Case No. 1 912 286 (by IWC, International Watch Co., Schaffhausen / Schaffhouse)

Material stainless steel

Diameter 45.3 mm.

Caliber 16’’’, lever escapement (based on ebauche by IWC, International Watch Co., Schaffhausen / Schaffhouse)

Signature dial and case


Centre Horloger Suisse pour Invalides

The Swiss Horological Centre for Invalids (“Centre Horloger Suisse pour Invalides”) was founded in Bienne / Biel in 1965, with the aim of providing training in watchmaking to disabled people who would then receive a CFC (Certificat Fédéral de Capacité – Federal Certificate of Competence), as in Swiss horological schools. The opening of a production workshop made it possible to provide work for disabled people who had not been able to integrate into the watchmaking industry. In 1976, following the watchmaking crisis, this centre experienced financial difficulties which led to its closure.


· Etienne, Marlise, “Centre horloger suisse pour invalides: menaces de fermeture et remous internes”, in FAN – L’Express, January 20, 1976, p. 8.


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