Art Deco "Bailey , Banks , & Biddle * Philadelphia" Dresser Clock with 8 Day Swiss 15 Jewel Movement & Solid Brass Case made in France. Ca. 1930.
Art Deco Case with fold out Leg Circa 1920's to 1940's.
"LeMania" Swiss 8 Day Movement contains 15 Jewels, and has 3 adjustments. Test ran non-stop for 7 days.
Solid Brass case is marked on reverse "FRANCE", and bottom of Front Dial. Fancy Quarter Round Bevel edge Cut Crystal Lens with an antique silvered & diamond quilted pattern embossed Dial. Hands & Numerals originally hand painted with Luminous material.
Measures : 4 3/4 inches High, by 4 3/4 inches Wide, and 1 1/8 inches Deep.
Weight : 1 Pound and 9.6 Ounces.
Lemani Swiss Movement Historical Notes : Lémania was Born as a result of A. Lugrin S.A. successes as a Chrongraph Designer and innovative Maker of chronograph movements and won awards for caliber designs. His movements won medals for entries in the 1906 Milan fair and the 1914 Bern fair. Swiss records document that on March 12, 1918, the name of the Lémania Watch Company is registered in the Canton of Vaud. Operation of the company passed onto Alfred Lugrin's son-in-law Marius Meylan as its new managing director in about 1920. Then in 1930 the Société Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlogère (SSIH) was formed when Omega and Tissot joined forces. By 1932, the dire economic climate forced Meylan to approach the SSIH to purchase Lémania and save the company. Albert Piquet was one of the firm's star designers. His career at Lémania would span more than forty years. One of his first designs was the Lémania 27-CHRO-12, released in 1942. The movement was a tri-compax chronograph with column wheel that included 12-hour elapsed time indication. Working in conjunction with Omega, Piquet further refined this movement to include shock protection and an antimagnetic balance spring, and Omega introduced it in 1946.
Item ID: 3782
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