Cortebert Clock Stem, Cortebert 657 401
Abraham-Louis Juillard opened his small watchmaking store in Cortebert village in Switzerland in 1790 using the bottony cross as a logo.
In the 1927, at the request of Musolinni, Cortebert started distributing their watches in Italy under the Perseo brand name. It is under this name that they were used by the Italian railway system. Cortebert distributed their Italian railroad watches through the Perseo brand as the fascist Italy rejected foreign brand names.
In the Early 1920s, Cortebert was approach by Soviet Russia for assistance in establishing a watch industry in Russia. Russia purchased machinery and technical advice from Cortebert, and manufactured the Cortebert 624 pocket watch movement in Russia as the "Molnija". Production of this movement continued in Russia until early 2014 when production ceased.
By 1944 Cortébert had a lineup consisting of 20 different calibers and a range of special railway watches that became synonymous with the marque.
Perseo continued to be used by the Italian railway system after WWII and became well regarded by the Italian public. To this day, Perseo continues their relationship with the Italian Railroad System.
In the early 1970s Cortébert suffered deeply from the quartz revolution sweeping the world watch industry. The representatives of Cortebert in Italy bought the Perseo brand name from Cortebert and continue today as an entirely independent company.
Cortebert closed its doors for the last time in the early 1970s, and production has ceased.
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