My first Swiss, non-VC, watch

Forgive me Loungers for this indiscretion, but this new item to my collection, just hits so many of my wish list buttons.  heart

This is an Ekegren, Minute Repeater, pocket watch in platinum.  It was made by Edouard Koehn for J.E. Caldwell (a retailer based in Philadelphia).

The watch was made circa 1910.  Mr. Koehn worked for PP for many years before branching out on his own.  In 1891, he bought HR Ekegren.

Watches made by Ekegren/Koehn, at that time were considered some of the best watches available.  In a conversation I had with Dominique Bernaz, he considers Ekegren Minute Repeaters to be some of the best ever made, not giving up anything to PP or even VC.  I don't know about you, but I can't think of a higher recommendation than that!  wink

(I believe the dial was redone, because all other HR Ekegren dials I have seen also say Geneva under "H.R. Ekegren")
My first Swiss, non-VC, watch

My first Swiss, non-VC, watch

My first Swiss, non-VC, watch

I just received the watch yesterday morning and fully wound it just once.  The MR function is working correctly and sounds crsip, clean, loud and beautiful to me, yes

I don't want to play with it anymore, until I have it fully I just sent it into RGM in the U.S. for assessment and servicing.  I really hope to have it back by the beginning of January, so it can take a certain international trip with me.  wink

BR, Dan

Outstanding! You lucky guy...
10/11/2012 - 00:01
Nice catch, congratulations yes.  May I ask what size Dan...42mm or thereabouts?  Wonder if there is some way to attach a sound clip to this thread?!?!
Thanks Dean, it is a 12 Size, based on American sizing
10/11/2012 - 01:22
That is 39.78 mm. This measures the dial size, not the case diameter, which I would estimate as approx. 42mm. It is a thin watch. Ultra-thin?, not sure, but maybe. There is a way to create a link to YouTube, but I've never used it before. I should have created a video, but also wanted to send it out for service ASAP...I leave again on Monday and will be back in the US mid-Dec. I'm hoping it will be back in my hands by Jan. (fingers crossed). BR, Dan
Over at Purists
10/11/2012 - 01:25
I posted a short bio of Ekegren a while ago: Ekegren's Hommage to the American 1921.  Under Ed. Koehn they became one of those brands mostly known to the cognocenti and those in the industry...a perfect WIS watch cool
Congratulations, Dan!
10/11/2012 - 00:09
So, you got your minute repeater! What an extraordinary catch!  I am delighted for you.  I hope to see and hear this one in person next time we meet.  May it chime and time only happy moments for you. Best, Robert
Thanks Robert, this watch wasn't even on the radar screen
10/11/2012 - 01:39
When we met, just a few days ago, I didn't even know this watch existed/was available. I was keeping an eye on the other watch on my list, a VC $20 coin pocket watch. Bidding on it ended on early Sunday morning (like 2:30am East Coast time). My sister arrived on Saturday night and I forgot about the bidding, woke up Sunday morning and realized...OOPS! But then I found this beauty later on Sunday afternoon and decided to just go for it! The rest is history, :-) Like so many things in life, when things looks bad/disappointing...its just an opportunity for something new to arrive. If I got the coin watch, I would not have considered this one at this time. BR, Dan
Re: Thanks Robert, this watch wasn't even on the radar screen
10/11/2012 - 05:34
Dan, There is the 20 dollar coin VC watch available for sale in paris. Best, Joe
Thanks Joe! My watch funds are a bit depleted right now.
10/11/2012 - 17:15
Unfortunately I'll have to wait before it gets replenished (and maybe something for the wife) before making another acquisition.  wink My real goal is to find a $20 pocket watch version with skeletonized movement.  heart BR, Dan
Congratulations Dan!
10/11/2012 - 04:25
That's a great find! "Sounds" like a fantatic watch. Ekegrin watches, mainly pocket watches and many of those repeaters come up at auction periodically. I di a quick search at Christies and found 31 examples, but that's going back into the 1990's. I looked quickly but didn't see another PT one. The wrist watch (1921-like) with the MR was there though. You are a lucky man, indeed! Only pitch-perfect chimes for happy times! Joseph
Thanks Joseph, I did some searching before as well
10/11/2012 - 17:06
I went through the Christie's and Antinquorum databases and didn't see another PT. case and 31-Jewel movement, with Swan's neck micrometric regulator. But it was throught these databases that I saw all signed dials also have "Geneva" on it, so I think mine has been redone.  Nevertheless, I am very happy with this find. BR, Dan
what a fine watch! May it chime only happy moments ;-)
10/11/2012 - 11:02
Thanks Alex, I know I will be chiming it often, :-) (nt)
10/11/2012 - 17:07
Re: JE Caldwell & Co.
10/11/2012 - 15:08
It's a beautiful timepice you've acquired.  JE Caldwell & Co. was at the time your watch was sold was the le plus non ultra of jewelers in Philadelphia.  Not just a retailer but a maker of custom jewelry, a source for the best in custom sterling silver hollowware and flatware and watches,  Caldwell's was held in high regard for years as the best.  A provenance from Caldwell meant something  in the first half of the 20th century. Best Robert (born and bred in Philadelphia)
Thanks you Rob!
10/11/2012 - 17:11
I've heard of J.E. Caldwell before and have seen many VC watches made for them as well,  So I knew they were definitely a high-end retailer, but I didn't grasp the magnitude as you described.  Great info! I had some great sushi in Philly last week,  I will think of you the next time I go back. BR, Dan
Very cool watch!
10/11/2012 - 18:02
If I ever wanted a repeater I think I would have to get it in pocket watch to keep it affordable. Bill
Thanks Bill! Those are my exact same budget constraints as well
10/11/2012 - 19:37
I need to keep this addiction as an affordable hobby, its the only way for me to a fun with it. :-)
A wonderful addition to the family...
10/11/2012 - 23:57
Dan, the Ekegren minute repeater pocket watch looks beautiful.yes. Hopefully, it will be returned from servicing by the early part of January, afterall, you've so many friends to share it with on that 'International trip'. I'd love to see some more photographs when 'the new baby' is up and running and firing on all cylinders... Best wishes Tony
Thanks Tony
10/12/2012 - 02:14
I decided to part with it after only 24 hours for the sole reason of hopefully having it availble by Jan. :-). I hope to meet you in person, finally! BR, Dan
Great score, Dan...
10/13/2012 - 20:06
The movement looks exquisite - check out the size of those jewels - superb! Totally agree - Ekegren (and E. Koehn) were producing some of the best money could buy...and yours is a wonderful example. Congratulations, and I can't wait to see it in person. Best, Paul
Thanks Paul, I will love sharing!
10/14/2012 - 00:55
I just hope it will be in Jan. (better sooner than later) :-)