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Geneva Watch Co. A 14k Pink Gold Hunter Cased Keyless Lever Chronograph Watch with Jumping Fourths Seconds
Geneva Watch Co. A 14k Pink Gold Hunter Cased Keyless Lever Chronograph Watch with Jumping Fourths Seconds

SIGNED GENEVA N.M. WATCH CO LD., MOVEMENT AND CASE NO. 6083, CIRCA 1890

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Geneva Watch Co. A 14k Pink Gold Hunter Cased Keyless Lever Chronograph Watch with Jumping Fourths Seconds Signed Geneva N.M. Watch Co Ld., Movement and Case No. 6083, Circa 1890 Nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, outer calibrated minute track with Arabic five minute divisions, two subsidiary dials for 30 minute register and jumping fourth seconds, polished circular case, chronograph operated through a button in the band, cuvette, dial, and movement signed, case, cuvette, and movement numbered 55.5mm diam.

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Charles-August Paillard developed a non-oxidizing and antimagnetic balance and hairspring from a palladium-based alloy in 1877. He was one of the founders of the Geneva Non-Magnetic Watch Co., and owned 20 of the firm. Fitting into American cases, the Geneva Non-Magnetic Watch Co. sold Swiss-built, non-magnetic watches beginning in the 1880's. The watches were available in a variety of grades, and were often used for railroad service.

The Geneva Non-Magnetic Watch Co. did have full and exclusive rights to the use of Paillard's patented non-magnetic balance and hairspring, but did not have exclusive rights to the market, and other American companies began introducing non-magnetic watches in the late 1880's.

For the next thirty years, the Geneva N.M. Watch Co. went through a series of different owners and company names. However, the Paillard non-magnetic compensation balance and spring allowed for many improvements to be made in the field of horology, up until the introduction of the Guillaume balance.

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