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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 363

    Breguet. A fine and rare 18K white gold openface chronoscope keyless lever watch

    SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 1599, SOLD TO MONSIEUR LOPEZ Y ROYO ON 6 DECEMBER 1927

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    Breguet. A fine and rare 18K white gold openface chronoscope keyless lever watch
    Signed Breguet, No. 1599, sold to Monsieur Lopez y Royo on 6 December 1927
    Cal. 17''' 17/12 nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, the two-tone silvered dial with engine-turned central revolving disc with aperture for the Arabic wandering hours, outer Arabic minute divisions, in circular "cubiste" case with snap on back, triangular-shaped bow, case stamped CB and numbered, dial and movement signed and numbered
    44 mm. diam.


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    According to the Archives of Montres Breguet, the present "Chronoscope" watch with Murat case was manufactured in 1927 and sold to Monsieur Lopez y Royo on 6 December 1927 for the sum of Francs 8,000.

    The "wandering hour" dial first appeared in the 17th century. In the 1920s and 1930s Breguet sold wandering hour watches with a system patented by the Swiss watchmaker Robert Cart around 1925.

    The expression "Chronoscope" is taken from the Greek "chronos" for time and "scope" for range, sector and stands for an instrument for accurate measurements of small intervals of time.

    A similar watch is illustrated in Breguet - Watchmakers since 1775 by Emmanuel Breguet, p. 316.