MOVEMENT : Gilded verge fusee movement. Signed “De Belle a Paris”. The movement is complete, clean and running well.
DIAL : Wonderful blue & white enamel and gilded brass dial. 45 mm in diameter. It is in good condition with no repairs but 5 light hairlines running across the enamel chapter ring. There is one damaged dial foot missing from the back of the dial.
CASE : Silver, 51 mm in diameter. Good condition though the pendant has been reattached. The hinge is fine and the case closes nicely. Good high dome crystal with no damage. The back has ben quite crudely engraved with “CATE 1773”.
Jean Francois De Belle is listed at the Rue St. Honore, in Paris, from 1781. This is probably the maker of this watch, though it is a little earlier than 1781.