||Exceptional 18K Multicolor Gold Repousse Quarter Hour French Repeater Pocket WatchFrance; Alex Patry; Unisex; Serial #263; Circa: 1785Complications: Early verge and ？-hr. repeater.CASE: The multicolor (yellow, rose, green) 18K gold swing-out case features an open face and repousse (green, red & yellow gold) decorations. Repousse is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. It is also known as embossing.DIAL: This white porcelain dial displays Roman numerals, poker hands, and is signed “Alex Patry.”MOVT: This key-set #263 movement with verge/fusee escapement is gilt, with a full plate layout, and is signed.C 2 (The case is in perfect condition.) D 3 (The dial is in very good condition.) M 3 (The movement is in very good condition.) R 8 ？ (Rarity on a scale of #1 being very common to #10 being extremely rare.)Experts Opinion: Quarter Hour hour dumb repeater, “case striker”. Superb dial case and movement from 230 years ago. Comes with keys. AI-171-27Key-wind/Key-set Movements The very first pocket watches up until the third quarter of the 19th century had key-wind and key-set movements. A watch key was necessary to wind the watch and to set the time. This was usually done by opening the case back and putting the key over the winding-arbor (which was set over the watch's winding-wheel, to wind the mainspring) or by putting the key onto the setting-arbor, which was connected with the minute-wheel and turned the hands. Some watches of this period had the setting-arbor at the front of the watch, so that removing the crystal and bezel was necessary to set the time. This watch includes a reproduction of the correct size key, it is not the original.Verge Fusee Escapement Used in antique spring-powered mechanical watches and clocks, a fusee is a cone-shaped pulley with a helical groove around it, wound with a cord or chain which is attached to the mainspring barrel. Fusees were used from the 15th century to the early 20th century to improve timekeeping by equalizing the uneven pull of the mainspring as it ran down. The mainspring is coiled around a stationary axle (arbor), inside a cylindrical box, the barrel. The force of the spring turns the barrel. Quarter Hour Repeater The quarter repeater strikes the number of hours, and then the number of quarter hours since the last hour. The mechanism uses 2 chimes of different tones. The low tone usually signals the hours, and the high tone the quarter hours. As an example, if the time is 2:45, the quarter repeater sounds 2 low tones and after a short pause 3 high ones: "dong, dong, ding, ding, ding". Alternatively, some use a pair of tones to distinguish the quarter hours: "dong, dong, ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong"We consider any reasonable Best Offers - Please submit your best offers!ABOUT US: Ashland presents the world’s best vintage and pre-owned watches and jewelry online. We offer leading brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Breitling and many more. We are delighted to present ongoing sales of luxury watches of all brands and price points, shop master watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex, Cartier and Audemars Piguet. What we offer is the opportunity for those who do not have the time to go to major auction houses to purchase rare timepieces and estate jewelry. A trusted international source for over 40 years, buy with confidence. All of the watches I sell are guaranteed authentic and are checked out by our in house watch makers before they are shipped to you. If you have ANY questions just give me a call at 1-800-424-5353 - 9-5 Monday-Friday EST, or just email me for a fast response.CUSTOMER SERVICE: Contact: Rick Gilbert Hours: 9 - 5 EST, Monday - Friday Address: Ashland Investments Sarasota Arts & Antique Center 640 South Washington Blvd, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34236INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as “gifts” - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior.