4.1304 CH MEYLAN ‘REGULATEOUR’, Steel 48mm, 1890’s

Rare antique Swiss CH MEYALN ‘Regulator’ movement in new, custom-made wristwatch case. Separate subdials for hours and minutes. Features rare clock-hand output system mounted under the dial, unusual ‘regulator’ movement, and classic style, 48mm custom-made stainless steel case with crystal display caseback. Has undergone full servicing with disassembly at our Bristol workshop. Comes with a 6-month warranty and a 22mm genuine leather strap with stitching.

Key Features

Rare Swiss ‘Regulator’ movement with separate subdials for hours and minutes. This dial layout was used in the highly accurate ‘Regulateour’ grandfather clocks, which served as the standard of time keeping in maritime institutions and observatories. By analogy, the hour hand was placed on a separate dial in some marine chronometers, and it was quite rare that such a feature was used in pocket watches.

The watch has a new, custom-made case that houses an antique movement, originally from a pocket watch, made by the Swiss company CH MEYLAN. The brand emblem, in the form of a coat of arms, is engraved on the board. The precious metal of the original case was scrapped for jewellery many years ago, but the good quality movement has survived. A rare clock-hand output system is mounted under the dial – the details of the structure are clearly visible in the photo.

The slim wristwatch case has been designed in a classic format, and fits easily and comfortably on the wrist. The timepiece looks fresh and modern, while at the same time, the antique movement can be admired through the crystal display caseback. It looks very eye-catching on the wrist, thanks to the unusual open light face, enamel dial, and contrasting blued hands.

About Ch Meylan

Charles-Henri Meylan, a close neighbour of Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, produced high-quality watches, top-level chronometers, and sophisticated repeater chronographs for the European and American markets.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly, and has been made as part of The Subscription Watch Project. It comes with a 6-month warranty subject to the usage and care guidelines, and an oversized strap with stitching.


Body: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (10/10 like new)

Watch Face: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (9/10 near perfect)

Movement: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (8/10 good)

Accuracy: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (9/10 near perfect)

Case and Strap

  • New, custom-made classic style case with double glazing.
  • Stainless steel.
  • Mineral crystal.
  • Mineral crystal flip-down display caseback.
  • Large antique crown from repair kit.
  • Extra button for settings the hands.
  • New, high-quality genuine leather strap.


  • Width w/o crown 48 mm.
  • Width w/o crown 53 mm.
  • Height 56 mm.
  • Strap width 22 mm.

Dial and Hands

  • Original white ‘regulator’ style, hot enamel dial.
  • Classic Roman numerals for hours.
  • Thin, Arabic numerals for minutes.
  • Separate hour and minute subdials at numeral 12 and 6 positions respectively.
  • Classic dark purple steel hands – large centre second and two small subdial hands.


  • Swiss-made movement.
  • Typical Meylan caliber.
  • 16 jewels.
  • Manual winding.
  • Precision micro-controller with ochlea and isochronous Breguet hairspring.
  • Brand hallmark stamp on mainplate.
  • Nickel silver plates and bridges with Geneva wave and fine velvet circular grinding on bridges.
  • Polished wheels and screws.

Testing Results

  • Average timekeeping range: 1 min/day.

Servicing and Guarantee

  • Fully serviced.
  • Mechanics in full working order.
  • New, genuine leather strap with stitching.
  • 6-month guarantee, spare parts are available.
  • Guarantee Terms and Conditions. 

Links and Resources:

About Ch Meylan Movements. 

About The Subscription Watch Project.

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Case material

Stainless steel

Dial tone




Size grade

46-49 mm

Year approx