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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 175

    Anon. A very fine, rare and elegant 18K gold keywound cylinder watch with retrograde fly-back seconds

    UNSIGNED, NO. 3791, CIRCA 1835

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    Anon. A very fine, rare and elegant 18K gold keywound cylinder watch with retrograde fly-back seconds

    Unsigned, No. 3791, circa 1835
    Cal. 20''' cylinder movement, gold engine-turned and engraved cuvette, two-tone silver dial, eccentric champlevé radial Roman numerals on brushed ring, outer minute divisions, top with brushed retrograde seconds sector, gold Breguet hands, engine-turned "forme quatre baguettes" case, case numbered and punched with French guarantee marks used between 1819 and 1838
    51 mm. diam.


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    With Breguet-style short gold chain and ratchet key.

    Only very few watches with retrograde fly-back seconds are known before the 20th century. The present watch is a particularly attractive example taking inspiration from Breguet in the design of the fine engine-turned silver dial and gold case. It is furthermore preserved in extremely good condition. The fly-back seconds function is a great visual delight, it is operated from a steel pinion geared to the third wheel and a further sprung wheel on the dial plate causes the hand to fly back to zero after 60 seconds.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.
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    Provenance

    Formerly in The Private Collection of Theodore Beyer, Zurich


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION