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Joseph L. Jeunet, 1814-1888 Joseph Jeunet of Meadville, Pa. patented (patent number 21,425) his seconds beating watch in 1858. Originally was born in France on Novemebr 1, 1814 and learned watchmaking from family members. This odd watch was designed because of the sudden jars one received while riding horses and trains. Jeunet built a model of his design and, on a trip to France, arranged for a maker at Morez to manufacture these watches. Reports are that few were made due to defects keeping them from running properly. These were sold through the local jewelry store in Meadville. I have personally owned 3, two being slightly different types. The late, great machinest and watch collector, Wilbur H. Dexter, of Inglewood, Ca. made one of his own versions of this watch from scratch, but sadly it was stolen as the last remaining watch of his collection from his son. The Dexter watch actually ran quite well at the time he made it circa 1980.

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