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Jean-Moïse Badollet Co. 1886 Geneva Hunter Pocket Watch In 18Kt Gold With Enamel

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Swiss pocket watch designed by Jean-Moïse Badollet & Cie. Gorgeous medium lady demi-hunter pocket-watch, created in Geneva Switzerland at the watchmaker's workshop of Jean-Moïse Badollet & Cie, back in the 1886. Its a demi-hunter meaning that there is a window hole with a glass that allows for a quick view of the time. This pocket watch was retailed in France in the 19th century and was crafted with three hinged lids in solid yellow gold of 18 karats with high polished finish and embellished with applications of black, gold and grisaille enamels. The complete case is work with applied glossy glass enamel. The main lid is decorated in the Grisaille enamel technique, accented with gold applications showing the portrait in high relief of a noble lady dressed in classic ropes facing to the left. The reverse back lid is decorated with Roman numerals in gold which are encircling the glass window, all framed in high relief with gray-white garlands made up in enamel. It is fitted on top with a movable ring to wear in a chain-necklace, a fob or in a dangling brooch (Included). Dial: Round in black enamel, analog with white Arabic numerals and gold simple hands, all inside a white dotted circle. In perfect condition, no cracks. Case: Demi-hunter with 10 mm glass, made in 18 Karats yellow gold, numbered 856778. Enameled in grisaille and black. Signed J. M. Badollet & Co. Geneva. Movement: Swiss 26mm (5/0s), mechanical hand winding. Diamonds: Mount in flush incrusted settings, with 4 European rose cut diamond of 0.08 carat, white colorless G color, SI clarity. Weight: All parts combined are 42.50 Grams, (27.24 Dwt). Measurements: 47 mm by 33 mm by 9 mm (1.85 x 1.30 x 0.35 Inches). Hallmarks: Stamped with Swiss marks; the maker's mark, the mark for the assay of the gold, the case serial numbers and signed two times with different techniques, (Machine stamped), "J. M. BADOLLET & CO. GENEVA 18KT 85678". (In cursive letters engraved), "J. M. BADOLLET & CO. No. 85678 GENEVE OLIVE BELDEN 1886". The name of Olive Belden should be the retailer's brand name in France. J. M. Badollet & Co. The Badollet were a family of excellent Swiss watchmakers through several generations, from the 17th century until the 20th century. A branch worked in Paris from 1712 to 1872, there were also branches in England and a Paul Badollet worked in New York around 1798. Jean Jacques Badollet (1756-1829) founded the company J. J. Badollet & Cie in Geneva in 1779. From 1828 to 1854, Jean Moise Badollet (1811-1854) was the sole owner and the company initially operated under the name "J. M. Badollet", and from 1837 under "J.M. Badollet & Cie". This name remained even after Jean Moise death: his successor was called Jean Marc Badollet. Around 1890 the company name was changed back to "J. J. Badollet". The “Charmilles” pocket watch based on Potter patents was manufactured during this time. This venture failed in 1895 and the company was liquidated in 1896. Another year later, Colomb & Balmer took over the Geneva facilities and also retained the J.J. trademarks. Badollet. Then members of the Badollet family seem to have played a role again, as Gustave Badollet (1855-1924) was the last of the clan to run the company. In 1923 the name was "Geneva Watch Co., Successor to J.J. Badollet, micrometers" and the factory continued to operate under this name two years later. As a note Badollet made watches under their own name, and are also known to have made watches for Edward Dent (one of the finest English watchmakers of his day) to Dent's specifications, under Dent's name. In the 1840s Badollet actually opened a workshop in Soho, London for the purpose of making watches for Dent. By the 1870s, the company was renowned for its high-end products and received several awards from the Geneva Observatory and the “Société des Arts”, as well as in the international exhibitions in Vienna (1873) and Chicago in 1893. The firm won the first three Geneva timing competitions and continued its path and became the face of ultimate Swiss watchmaking, particularly Genevan throughout the world. Grisaille This is a kind of painting executed entirely in shades of grey or of another neutral greyish or black colour. It is particularly used in large decorative schemes in imitation of sculptures and classical motifs or in high relief. 'Gris' is a French term for gray. Paintings in a brown scale are referred to as brunaille and paintings in a green scale are referred to as verdaille. Collateral: It is accompanied by a presentation jewelry box. Note: This is a piece with over 100 years old, for collectors purpose. The movement need cleaning and calibration Condition: The overall condition of this watch is very good. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold or the enamel. All parts are secured in the settings. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity. INVENTORY REF: P111023MTNM/1.021
  • Creator:
    Jean-Moïse Badollet & Cie
  • Case Material:
  • Weight:
    42.5 g
  • Case Shape:
    Round
  • Movement:
  • Case Dimensions:
    Height: 1.85 in (46.99 mm)Width: 1.3 in (33.02 mm)Depth: 0.35 in (8.89 mm)Length: 1.85 in (46.99 mm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 3
  • Style:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1886
  • Condition:
    Repaired: Note: This is a piece with over 100 years old, for collectors purpose. The movement need cleaning and calibration. Wear consistent with age and use. The overall condition of this watch is very good. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold or the enamel. All parts are secured in the settings. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
  • Seller Location:
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: P111023MTNM/1.0211stDibs: LU2690220647912
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