Jules Jurgensen (watch manufacturer)
Jules Jurgensen was a watchmaking company from Denmark. It was known for the great beauty of its pocket watches, and in the 20th century, its wrist watches.
History of Jules Jurgensen watches
Jurgen Jurgensen established the Larpent & Jurgensen watchmaking company with Isaac Larpent in 1740.
Ownership of the company passed to Jurgen’s sons until his grandson Jules started his own company, Jules Jurgensen Copenhagen, in Switzerland in 1836.
Jules’s elder brother remained in charge of the parent company in Denmark, renamed Urban Jürgensens Sonner. Urban Jürgensens Sonner remains in operation to this day.
Jules Jurgensen Copenhagen was sold to a US firm in 1936 before being bought by Mort Clayman in 1974. It is no longer in business.
Notable sales of Jules Jurgensen watches
A Jules Jurgensen 18k gold chronograph keyless lever watch, circa 1903, sold for $7,337 at Christie’s in November 2008.
A 1930s 18k gold wrist watch made $3,000 at Bonhams New York in 2007.
A Jules Jurgensen late 19th century five-minute repeating pocket watch made £3,600 at Bonhams London in 2005.
An 18k gold, split second chronograph pocket watch from circa 1889 made $15,275 at Bonhams in December 2005.