This is a large and fine quality, gilt and enamel Paris pocket watch, with a quarter repeating verge movement.
MOVEMENT : Gilded verge movement with engraved and pierced balance bridge.
The hour/quarter repeating function is activated by pushing down the stem. The repeater strikes two gongs, with one chime for the hours and two for the quarters. The movement is in very good original condition and both watch and repeating functions are working well.
DIAL : Beautiful elegant white enamel dial. In good condition with no repairs, but chips on the bottom left hand edge. These are completely hidden by the bezel.
Fine Breguet style blued steel hands.
CASE : A very substantial and heavy gilt metal case, with plain blue guilloche enamel to the back. The cuvette is signed and numbered (347).
All in very good condition, with all hinges and catches fine. The crystal is perfect. The blue enamel on the back has surface scratches, but no cracks. This could be polished to restore a glassy rather than matt surface.
Robert Robin was born in 1742 and died in Paris in 1809. He was an important maker, clockmaker to Louis XV, Louis XVI and other members of the French Royal family.
This watch (movement, dial and case) is of a much higher quality than most French verges of this period, so it can be attributed to Robert Rodin.
A documented gold repeater by Robin, numbered 398, is hallmarked for 1777/78 so this watch can be dated to about 1777.