Antique watch- need help determining year of production

Antique watch- need help determining year of production

Antique watch- need help determining year of production

Antique watch- need help determining year of production

Antique watch- need help determining year of productionAntique watch- need help determining year of production

I have a small female enamel/gold pendant watch, that I got about 30 years ago from my great aunty. I know she got it from her mother (my great grand mother) but I don’t know how it came to her possession. I only know that she was born in 1865 in Vienna.

I have no knowledge of watch brands; but anyway, I decided to check the watch out and see if it had any markings and who the manufacturer could be.

The engraving on the back of the watch is obviously hand done and old, and it was hard to read. When I tried to decipher it through a magnifying glass it looked to me as: Nacheron, Genève, Cylindre huit rubis.

I searched the web and found that there was no Nacheron, but there was Vacheron, and that what I thought was letter N was stylized V.

But, everywhere on internet was mentioned Vacheron and Constantine, but here on my watch Constantine is not mentioned (?).

From what I found on the net, I guess that the watch might be from late 18th century...however it is just my guess and I might be totally wrong.

My great aunty told long time ago that the enamel female image on the cover depicts Maria Theresa, Austrian queen.
I also found somewhere on the net that small watches with similar description were given to some of Austrian court “important artists” like composers etc, as a token of gratitude for their artistic contributions....I don’t have idea if this is true or not.

 

As I see that here gathers lot of people with an excellent knowledge of Vatcheron/Constantin watches, can you please have a look at the attached images and let me know what do you think. When the watch might be created or anything, anything that could shed more light on it?

 

Many thanks!

     
can you also post a scan of the movement? what is written on it?
09/15/2010 - 12:20
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Re: Inside the watch
09/16/2010 - 23:37
It was difficult, but I opened the watch and the images are attached. Inside on the lid is something that I can't read, number 145578 and initials JD. I also took picture of the watch in comparision with the key. And I set the watch on it's original chain so that you can see it together. I hope that this will help to decipher when the watch was produced. Please let me know if you have any further questions.    
unfortunately it is not a Vacheron Constantin (nt)
09/17/2010 - 11:33
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Re: unfortunately it is not a Vacheron Constantin (nt)
09/18/2010 - 00:25
Do you know what it could be? I deffinetly know that it is an old family watch, passed from generation to generation, so I know that it is not fake. As I have mentioned I have no knowledge of watch brands, I know only what is written there. Do you have any idea what it could be?  
There have been quite a few counterfeit Vacherons even from
09/20/2010 - 11:28

the 18th century! Doesn't make the watch less desirable but its just not a VC

Re: There have been quite a few counterfeit Vacherons even from
09/20/2010 - 23:39
Wow! Good to know. Many t hanks :-)