Posted 2 years ago
This is another car clock / watch. Plate #4 above shows the mounting bracket attached to the back cover.
The watch movement and dial is marked:
N. 9355 (movement serial number)
Dial measures 46.08 mm
Movement measures 45.70
Silverode case 58.94 mm across, 20 mm thick
Stem wind / lever set (plate #3 above shows the pin that needs to be moved toward the 2 in order to set the time.
He was a Swiss watch maker in the 1800's. Some of his watches were displayed at the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876, but that is about all I have been able to find on his history. Any information that you may have is appreciated.
I did find this amusing letter to the editor from Mark Twain:
Letter to the Editor
"I have examined the wonderful watch made by Mr. H.L. Matile, and indeed it comes nearer of being a human being than any piece of mechanism I ever saw before.… I think one might take out several of the wheels that are already in it and it would still be a more intelligent citizen than some that help to govern the country. On the whole I think it is entitled to vote, that is, if its sex is of the right kind."
—Mark Twain, to The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, February 1877
Thanks for looking,
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