1890 Perret Pocket Watch


This circa 1890 Perret 18k gold pocket watch displays wonderful overall condition. The 51.2mm 18k solid-gold case shows only two small dings on the side (in photos) and weighs 95g. The porcelain dial is without any flaws and retains the original hands. The fine movement is accurate and was recently cleaned. Perret & Fils was founded in 1854, by the father of the more famous son by the same name. David Perret (the son) was appointed as one of the Swiss members of the jury for the horology section of the Paris exhibition in 1878. David Perret registered its trademark in 1880 for watch movements and case backs. The firm won an honorable mention at the National Exhibition of Horology in La Chaux de Fonds in 1881. In 1883, the firm employed 300 workmen and produced 50,000 pieces a year, all of good quality. David Perret patented about 10 inventions, including an electric clock. Perret was granted a US patent (No. 378974) on March 6, 1888 for a stem-wound watch. This patent was used by the American Watch Company of Waltham in its stem-wind hunting ‘Special.’ The firm exhibited at the Paris Exhibition in 1889.

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