DAY-AND-NIGHT POCKET WATCH Hubert Amsterdam Ca. 1695
DAY-AND-NIGHT POCKET WATCH Signed: Hubert Amsterdam
The spring-driven, 25-hour going movement of this day and night pocket watch is constructed between two gilt brass plates. The going train has a spring barrel, chain fusee and verge escapement with balance and balance spring. The finely pierced and engraved balance cock has a silvered regulation disc next to it. The other mounts are also pierced and engraved leaving an open space for the signature: Hubert Amsterdam
The silver, champlevé dial has a semi-circular Roman chapter VI-XII-VI in the upper part, with Arabic five-minute and minute divisions all around. The hours are indicated by a painted rotating disc, for the nights with a star-spangled heaven and moon with pointer, and for the day with a sun motif with pointer. The minutes are indicated by a blued-steel hand. Above the 30 is a date aperture. The lower half is engraved around a cartouche with the signature of the maker: Hubert Amsterdam
The inner silver case, which is smooth and contains the movement, has a convex glass in a silver bezel, which can be opened with a catch at the bottom. Upon opening another catch is revealed with which the case can be unlocked and turned outwards. At the top is a pendant with suspension ring. The whole can be placed into a smooth outer case.
Duration 24 hours
Diameter 48 mm
– Enrico Morpurgo, Nederlandse Klokken- en Horlogemakers vanaf 1300, Amsterdam, 1970, p.
– Een Kwestie van Tijd, Uurwerkverzameling van een Liefhebber – De Stikkelbroeck Collectie, Westerbork, 2009, pp. 58 and 134/135
Etienne Hubert was a Huguenot refugee who was originally from Rouen. He came to Amsterdam with his family. He had two sons Etienne Jr. and Jacques. His brother Robert also came to Holland. Several generations of the family were clock and watchmakers.