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Pocket Watch Movement - Switzerland Object Reg. No: ST 017693

Gents pocket watch movement, Switzerland. Retailed by Denis Brothers, Melbourne.
White enamel dial has roman numerals and seconds dial at 6. Back plate has been removed. Screws and hands in bottle.

Key wound spring; cylinder escapement.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Larard Bros, 1925
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1 cm (Width), 4 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: gents watches, key watches, pocket watches, watchworks, cuivre, cuivre watch snr.321623, pocket watch, 9c, rose gold, 50084, horology, 4964
Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: switzerland
Inscriptions: Back plate is marked 'Denis Brothers, Melbourne'. Dial is marked 'Denis Brothers, Melbourne'.
Place Made: Switzerland
Retailer: Denis Brothers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Susan Letts Posted on 22 Jan 2010 5:11 PM
I have a ladies' fob watch which has 60314 CUIVRE 18k engraged on the inside, together with "Manufactured for Denis Bros. Melbourne"
I am wondering if you can advise what date this watch would have been made.
Discovery Centre Posted on 25 Jan 2010 11:59 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Susan. It seems that Denis Bros operated from 1857 to the 1880s. More information about the company can be found at:
Cuivre means copper in French and seems to have been used to indicate that the cover of a watch was copper or brass, as opposed to silver or gold, from which the inside workings would have been made. The number is probably a serial number and would give you an exact date if you could find the company records. You should contact a horologist who deals in antique watches for further information. A good start would be the website of the Australian Antiquarian Horological Society: http://www.clockandwatchclub.com/default.htm
Mrs P A Lloyd Posted on 03 Mar 2010 8:37 PM
I have a Cuivre pocket watch stamped 14k serial no. 104172. This has been passed down the family as my Great Granfather & Grandmother were french. My Grandmother was born in the 1880's, with the family name of Cheaveau. Please can you tell me a little more about it.

Ann Lloyd
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 Mar 2010 12:27 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, cuivre is not the maker of the piece but actually means copper in French. This was used to indicate that the cover of a watch was copper or brass. The number is the serial number and the maker’s name should be engraved on the watch. You should contact a horologist who deals in antique watches for further information. Try the Australian Antiquarian Horological Society: http://www.clockandwatchclub.com/default.htmAs you are in the UK, you should could try the Antiquarian Horological Society (UK): http://www.ahsoc.demon.co.uk/

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