Vintage Swiss made gold plated LeCoultre (attributed) minute repeater open-face pocket watch in fully working order. Circa 1920s. Size: 51 mm;
Movement: bimetallic balance, overcoiled spring, repeating on gongs by pushing on repeat button at 7 o’clock position, stem wind, lever set; Dial: White enamel, fifth seconds ring, arabic chapters, subsidiary seconds, gilt Louis XV style hands; Case: No. 432491, gold plated; Size: 51 mm;
The word “repeater” means on-demand striking. The first repeaters were English, and the first patent for a repeating watch was granted to Daniel Quare all the way back in 1687. Watches that chime the hour, and the nearest quarter hour, were the first repeating watches, and gradually more precise chiming watches were developed, until finally the minute repeater appeared – the very first that we know of were made in Germany, around 1720.
Watch is in overall great condition, running and ready to use or gift! See video.