Our Lovejoy Moment?

29Nov09

We picked up this lovely looking Jacquet Droz at one of the antique watch and clock fairs we go to. It’s got a fantastic 60s dial and is Swiss made. Because we like it so much we tried to find out a bit more about it. Try it for yourself and see if you can find a Jaquet Droz for sale for less than $25,000. Yes, $25,000!

Jaquet Droz face
The find of the year? 

“Tinker Dill,” I shouted, “We can pay off the loan sharks that are after your half-sister’s cottage in Dorset!”*

Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721–1790) was a Swiss-born watchmaker. To help sell his watches, he created some amazing automaton and mechanical movements, famous with the aristocracy of the time. “O ho, Lady Jane, what a fine providence!”*

A bit of digging revealed that Jaquet Droz is now part of the Swatch group and they are developing it into a super-premium brand for people with more money than sense.

Then we stumbled upon an article by the Marketing Director of Jaquet Droz which shed further light on the issue: a consortium of watch components suppliers, under the name Jaquet Droz, created and distributed watches from 1960 to 1970. These watches are identifiable by the logo representing an arrow (like ours!). Apparently there is no direct link between Montres Jaquet Droz SA as it exists today and that consortium.  The 1960s models were not as high quality as the eye-wateringly expensive new ones and they were used by the French navy.

“So what’s it worth, Eric?”*

All we can say is that it’s worth at least the £119 we’re selling it for. We’d better go and star in an American costume drama with lots of swearing to make our fortune.

* For those of you unfamiliar with Lovejoy, what were you doing on Sunday evenings in the late 80s?

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