Philip Watch 'Chaux de fonds'

I catched this beauty in auction as I liked the patina and the 3, 6, 9, 12 on the dial. This particular model is from the "Chaux de fonds" line, named probably after the swiss city.

It is a Philip Watch, a brand founded in 1858 in Napoli 馃嚠馃嚬and made in Switzerland. They still exist (!!!) and produce nice watches for reasonable price.

I also heard that they had to add the "watch" noun in their name to avoid confusion with an other famous brand 馃槄!

But I have to say that, before this auction, I did not know those watches, besides their respectable 160+ years of existence...

Does anybody else know or own a Philip Watch? A search on watchcrunch does not lead to many results. I would be curious to know... 馃檹馃徎

@ChronoGuy has one, right?

Never heard of these watches before this post. Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing 馃憤

Had not heard of them either. But love these vintage champagne colored dials with small seconds. Have one on the way (other brand though).

Icarium

Had not heard of them either. But love these vintage champagne colored dials with small seconds. Have one on the way (other brand though).

I look forward to seeing it! On my side I will post better pictures of this one in the WRUW 馃

Aurelian

@ChronoGuy has one, right?

Greg is right (as always)...I have a number of Philip Watches...and it is a fascinating story how Patek Philippe was able to force Philip to change its name. Philip Watch also owns the Phigied brand (see below).

Here are the ones I have in the collection...

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And I just purchased this one, but still waiting for it to arrive...

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The Caribbeans were actually made for Philip Watch by Jenny. See the post about the Caribbean series here...

https://www.watchcrunch.com/ChronoGuy/posts/let-s-talk-about-the-caribbean-7053

ChronoGuy

Greg is right (as always)...I have a number of Philip Watches...and it is a fascinating story how Patek Philippe was able to force Philip to change its name. Philip Watch also owns the Phigied brand (see below).

Here are the ones I have in the collection...

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And I just purchased this one, but still waiting for it to arrive...

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The Caribbeans were actually made for Philip Watch by Jenny. See the post about the Caribbean series here...

https://www.watchcrunch.com/ChronoGuy/posts/let-s-talk-about-the-caribbean-7053

And by "one" I meant a starting five and a bench.

ChronoGuy

Greg is right (as always)...I have a number of Philip Watches...and it is a fascinating story how Patek Philippe was able to force Philip to change its name. Philip Watch also owns the Phigied brand (see below).

Here are the ones I have in the collection...

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And I just purchased this one, but still waiting for it to arrive...

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The Caribbeans were actually made for Philip Watch by Jenny. See the post about the Caribbean series here...

https://www.watchcrunch.com/ChronoGuy/posts/let-s-talk-about-the-caribbean-7053

Wow!!! Thank you for sharing all those pictures... beautiful and varied collection that you have here, Sir. 馃檹馃徎

How do you explain the relative discrete reputation of the brand? The fact that not many people (in my opinion) knows about it ? Funded in 1858, I repeat, the same year than Boucheron, Minerva, Vulcain and right before Chopard, Panerai, Zenith, etc.

vianney1

Wow!!! Thank you for sharing all those pictures... beautiful and varied collection that you have here, Sir. 馃檹馃徎

How do you explain the relative discrete reputation of the brand? The fact that not many people (in my opinion) knows about it ? Funded in 1858, I repeat, the same year than Boucheron, Minerva, Vulcain and right before Chopard, Panerai, Zenith, etc.

I think Philip Watch, the brand, based in Italy has often produced white label products from other Swiss manufacturers like Jenny. So they probably don't get the respect of the watch community and fall by the wayside similar to brands like Eisenhardt, Haste, and others.

Remember, until Doxa was revived in the 1990s it was but a dead brand with a very limited collector base. Clive Cussler using a Doxa as a "character" in his novels helped revive the brand through awareness.

Philip Watch is still producing watches but they are on the more entry level.