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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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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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Never seen one - would love to see the layout, do you have any photos of these?

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yes but where? and no time to scan
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Jon,

An interesting story, from a town not far from me. Thank you very much.

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You are quite welcome. Time permitting I shall discuss these watches to a greater degree at a later date.

It is refreshing that someone, YOU, enjoys these short excerpts on rare early American watches I spend my time writing. There is a great world of unusual American horology out there to discover and appreciate. I'm pleased that someone actually reads and likes this sort of stuff!
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Jon, thank you for these views into the History of American watches. I particularly enjoyed the write up you did about Charles Fasoldt, since Albany , NY is my Home town, and all my life I have contiued to study the History of Albany, and Upstate NY. I thank you also!
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Rob, you are always welcome. I have a ton of more Fasoldt info and will present it later.
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