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2.0338 *XXL* Hy Moser & Cie chronograph, 48mm, 1920s

£1,200.00 (incl. VAT) £1,080.00 (incl. VAT)

A gorgeous wristwatch conversion based on a high-grade and complicated Hy Moser & Cie pocket watch movement from the 1910s. Palladium hairspring and instant minute counter are rare horological features of this movement. The gold ‘Poire Anglaises’ style hands, shiny enamel dial and beautiful high-grade movement are all original, and in perfect condition! The watch has been fully serviced, and the nickel plating on the case has recently been renewed. A truly special and unique piece.

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Key Features

Large size conversion watch based on an original pocket watch movement by Hy Moser & Cie. This movement was originally a pocket watch, but back in 1920s has been re-housed into a nickel plated wristwatch case.

According to the movement quality and details (gold hands, top grade sunk counters enamel dial, instant counter complication), the movement used to be in a gold pocket watch type case, but the case was scrapped many years ago and replaced with a more desirable wrist type case. It has a top crown for winding and chrono pusher function, and a bottom mock crown.

Dual-crown type

Dual crown type cases are an important step from a pocket watch to a wristwatch type case design. Bottom ‘mock’ neck and winding crown was mounted to wear the watch on the wrist, that kind of watch was used exclusively by horseman troopers, motorbike or car drivers, etc. See examples – Example 1, Example 2.

In 1920’s there was a significant rise in demand for wrist type watches, especially complicated ones for professional use. This Hy Moser chrono is an example how pocket watch was converted into that type of case back in the 1920’s.

Chronograph function

The chronograph is operated via the top crown by pressing it. First push – start chronograph, second – stop chronograph, third – reset counters.

The movement also features an interesting instant minute counter function, instant counter chrono movements are usually more complicated and fetch a higher price.

About Hy Moser & Cie

Hy Moser & Cie was founded in 1826 by Johann Heinrich Moser. Moser’s factory produced a wide range of pocket watches for both men and women in a large variety of different types and styles, which became so popular that the company began to have a consistent problem with counterfeits. In 1868, Moser, together with the American Florentino-Ariosto Jones, created a new watch company called the ‘International Watch Company’, which became a pioneer of the industrial production of watches in Switzerland.

The Hy Moser & Cie factory was revived in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 2005, and is now among the top ten independent watch manufactories. It produces interesting luxury watches with special functions. Remarkably, the designs from the original samples of vintage Moser movements are echoed in the basic style and shape of the movements produced today.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly. Make sure to follow the usage and care guidelines. The watch comes with a high-quality, genuine leather strap.

Overview

Case

  • 1920’s old re-casing, restored by our workshop.
  • Olive lugs.
  • Nickel plated.
  • Mineral crystals.
  • Detachable glazed caseback.
  • Antique style crown fitted in top lug.
  • Antique style mock crown opposite top.

Dimensions:

  • Width:  48mm
  • Full height: 60mm
  • Thickness: 17mm
  • Strap width: 22m

Dial and Hands

  • Original white enamel dial.
  • Long Roman numerals.
  • “Hy Moser & Cie” signature at dial centre.
  • Chronograph subdial below numeral 12 position.
  • Seconds subdial above numeral 6 position.
  • Arabic numerals on subdials.
  • Original gold ‘Poire Anglaises’ (literally ‘English pear’) style hands.

Movement

  • Swiss-made movement, 1910’s.
  • Compensated uncut balance.
  • Palladium alloy hairspring with Breguet overcoil.
  • Column-wheel controlled chrono function.
  • Numbered and hallmarked.
  • 21 jewels.
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