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20th Century Silver Openface Commemorating Pocket Watch

Release date:2023-03-10
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20th Century Silver Openface Commemorating Pocket Watch

Inventory Number: PW2206001

Made circa 1915 in Switzerland by DOXA, 70mm diameter, round-shaped anti-magnetic silver openface case. White enamel dial with suspended Arabic numerals, gilded metal hands, and subsidiary seconds at 6 o’ clock. Bow, pendant, band, bezel, and case back are all fully engraved. Case-back stamped with the portrait of Franz Joseph I (1830-1916), Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, and King of Hungary. A pocket watch specially made to commemorate his 60 years of reign. 

23’’’ keyless-winding movement, 15 jewels, lever escapement. Engraved Medaille D’or Milan 1908 and medal patterns on the cuvette.

Functions: hours and minutes.


About DOXA

In 1889, Georges Ducommun established the DOXA factory in Le Locle, under the name Georges Ducommun, Fabriques Doxa. His pocket watch was honored at the “Exposition Universelle et Internationale,” at the World’s Fair held in Liège, Belgium in 1905 and in 1906 Georges’ anti-magnetic DOXA won the gold medal at the World’s Fair in Milan, Italy.

In 1908, George filed a patent for the “8-Day DOXA Caliber” which became standard equipment on Bugatti’s racing cars – and an industry standard. In 1910, the brand DOXA was registered and the factory was renamed Doxa Watch Factory. According to the request for registration of the brand, the company may produce all parts of a watch. In 1936, G. Ducommun died at the age of 68, and the company was taken over by his son-in-law Jacques Nardin (grandson of Ulysse Nardin, famous watchmaker of Le Locle.) In 1997, the Jenny family, active in the watch making industry for four generations, acquired DOXA. The headquarters are transferred to Bienne, Switzerland. In 2019, Romeo F. Jenny was appointed as CEO of DOXA Watches.