4.0256 J. Calame-Robert, Chaux-de-Fonds, 1890’s

£1,600.00

Intricate 1890’s J. CALAME-ROBERT movement with new, custom-made 48mm solid stainless steel case. Rare silver-tone and gilt dial, authentic and in well-preserved, unrestored condition. High-quality, decorated movement from Swiss watchmaker. Original gold crown. The watch has been serviced with full disassembly, cleaning, oiling and adjusting.

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Key Features

Intricate antique 1890’s J. CALAME-ROBERT movement housed in a new, custom-made solid stainless steel case. The main feature of this watch is the rare metal silver-gold dial. This style was highly in demand in The East and in South America. It’s made using a complex technology that includes triple gold plating and metal application. When the light reflects off of this timepiece it looks just stunning, and it will give all who see it a surprise when they notice a truly antique timepiece with original 120-years old movement, ticking and counting the time.

About J. Calame-Robert

The Swiss manufactory J. Calame-Robert was registered as early as 1880, and quickly became well-known due to their production of high-quality chronometers. Most of the company’s watches used ‘ebauche’ blanks, that were then finished and assembled at the J. Calame-Robert factory. In the book Swiss Timepiece Makers 1775 – 1975 by Kathleen H. Pritchard the company James Calame-Robert is mentioned, Js. Calame Robert is the name usually found in the archives. In La Fédération Horlogere of January 1896, the company is named as Jules Calame-Robert. It is possible that a mistake was made at Pritchard which is still being taken over by others today.

Little more is known about the company up until 1925, when it was taken over by Jules C. Breitmeyer, and renamed J.C. Breitmeyer successeur de James Calame-Robert.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop. Please make sure to follow the usage and care guidelines.

Overview

Case and Strap

  • New, custom-made ‘classique’ style circular case.
  • Solid stainless steel 316L.
  • Mineral crystal.
  • Mineral crystal display caseback.
  • Original gold vintage style crown.
  • Thick, dark brown genuine leather strap.

Dimensions:

  • Width w/o crown 48 mm.

Dial and Hands

  • Original, enamel dial with two-tone floral gilding.
  • Roman numerals.
  • Small seconds subdial with flower patterning at centre.
  • Blued steel ‘spade’ style hour and minute hands.
  • Blued steel small seconds hand with tail.

Movement

  • Swiss-made movement.
  • 15 jewels.
  • Manual winding.
  • Power reserve more than 35 hours.
  • Bimetallic cut balance with screw weights.
  • Breguet hairspring.
  • Nickel plates and bridges with damascening pattern.
  • 12205 and ‘sun’ hallmark.

Testing Results

  • Testing duration: 2 weeks, winding every day at 12am.
  • Average timekeeping range: less than 40 sec/day.

Servicing and Guarantee

Links and Resources:

About J. Calame-Robert. 

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Case material

Solid stainless steel

Dial tone

Beige/White/Silver, Gold

Origin

Swiss

Size grade

46-49 mm

Year approx

1890