Now this is what I call finish...

found these photos in my archives. These extra flat watches were known as "Couteaux" (knife in French) due to their sharp thin edges.

Circa 1940

Now this is what I call finish...

Now this is what I call finish...

Now this is what I call finish...

Absolutely Beautiful! (nt)
04/17/2008 - 17:45
Superb! (nt)
04/17/2008 - 17:51


Awesome (nt)
04/17/2008 - 17:55


Nice. Reminds me of Doc's cal. 1003 equipped pocket watch (nt)
04/17/2008 - 18:07


a sight to behold! nt
04/17/2008 - 18:23


Alex, could you explain the difference with
04/17/2008 - 18:44

that :

(Philippe Dufour)

Your photo shows the pocket watch Dufour made as a
04/17/2008 - 18:55

end of watchmaking school project in 1967

I have seen the Dufour pocket watch and its is a simple time only model. As Philippe says himself this PW (as well as the Simplicity) movement design were inspired by the movements made in the Vallée du Joux in the 40s-50s. So I would say the two are  similar in design and finish but I guess someone would need to take them apart to really point the differences.

Two visible differences are the winding mechanism and mainspring barel which are visible on Dufour's, the latter also has a black polished escapment bridge that the VC does not.

Thanks Alex (nt)
04/17/2008 - 19:30


My "Couteaux"
04/17/2008 - 20:16


Sharp as a knife, look at the third pic,

that's why you can see notches on it.

So it's only to go to the jeweller and he can quite easy polish them away



Wow, both of these are very beautiful.
04/18/2008 - 04:21

If you fly with one of these, they might be confiscated as a weapon at the airport!

Thanks for the pics!

These movements such as the 1003 are a
04/17/2008 - 22:17

testament to the skills of the watch maker...Thanks Alex.

A superb watch !
04/18/2008 - 00:22

Thanks Alex !

Re: Now this is what I call finish...
04/18/2008 - 02:38

Beautiful watch Alex!

I believe that movement was used fairly commonly in the pocket watches of the 1940's.

But the finish is excellent.

Stay tuned til mid-May. I will post my 2 pocket watches from that era but they are not couteax type although at least one has the same movement.



looking forward to your pics (nt)
04/18/2008 - 12:18


I like it...
04/18/2008 - 21:48

Outstanding pocket watch!

04/20/2008 - 12:37

...and the dial looks like very contemporary!