A few years after Paul Revere road through Boston warning the British about our American arms, he might have purchased this watch from Abe Brequet.
Souscription watches are called by this name because they were introduced by means of a publicity brochure in 1797. They were marketed on a subscription basis with a down payment of a quarter of the price of with each order. Designed with a minimum number of parts to make them affordable but still of high quality and capable of accurate timekeeping. Reliable and affordable the souscription watch enjoyed great success and attracted many new clients. Some 700 examples were made, mainly in silver cases. Breguet used the calibre of the souscription watch to make his first tact watches. For some reason the movement is numbered 838 but the secret signature on the dial is 1430.