This Jaquet-Droz predates the acquisition of the brand by Swatch group. Manual wind two handed watch, with Breguet numerals.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
The movement inside this watch, a Pesuex 7040, started production in 1968 and ran until about 1982, during which time it powered several prestigious brands including Girard-Perregaux, who were atrracted by the quality and the thinnest of the movement (just 3.1mm). This makes it ideal for dress watches.
Jaquet-Droz can claim a history going back to the 18th Century, where Pierre Jaquet-Droz made fantastic automata – this video really is impressive. But the history between Pierre’s death in 1790 does have gaps until Swatch bought the brand in 2000. It appears from the evidence of what few other watches are currently for sale that this was predominantly in the early 1970’s
The watch is not as nice as this one, but neither is it £1,295! The gold plated case has a little wear, most noticeable on the lugs and the non crown side, and the ivory white dial has some damage to the edge near 5. None of this stops it being very wearable. and the enlarged photos are not flattering. The watch has been oiled and is keeping good time, the crystal has been polished and a new leather strap added to compliment the timepiece. The watch wears larger than the dimensions suggest, as it is all dial and very thin bezel.
This watch will be supplied with our Certificate of Authenticity.
Please see the HD video below for more detail.
Width with crown 34.3 mm
Width without crown 32.0 mm
Between lugs 18 mm
Lug to lug length 39.0 mm
Bracelet maximum length n/a
Thickness 6.9 mm
All sizes are approximate
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