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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 381

    Breguet. A fine, rare and large 18K pink gold ruby cylinder watch

    SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 3492, CIRCA 1820

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    Breguet. A fine, rare and large 18K pink gold ruby cylinder watch
    Signed Breguet, No. 3492, circa 1820
    Gilt-finished movement, free standing barrel, overhanging ruby cylinder escapement, plain three arm brass balance with parachute on the top pivot, blued steel flat balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator, gilt cuvette, white enamel dial, secret signature No. 3492 Breguet below 12 o'clock, Breguet numerals, Breguet hands, large and heavy circular case, engine-turned back, small eccentric oval cartouche with engraved initials SC surrounded by flowers, case numbered 3492 and stamped DB and PC, cuvette and dial signed and numbered
    62 mm. diam.

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    Although the archives of Montres Breguet list a different watch numbered 3492, the present watch was most certainly made by the famous house and shows several of Breguet's characteristics:

    - the overall quality and finish is such that one recognizes Breguet's work
    - most notably the original enamel dial bearing Breguet's secret signature and number, a feature difficult to copy. In fact, it was Breguet who protected himself against counterfeits with his ingenious and unique "signature secrète"
    - the typical ruby cylinder escapement with parachute and bimetallic compensation curb
    - the case corresponding in style and quality to cases made by the celebrated Joly for Breguet

    Whereas it is commonly known amongst watch collectors that the archives and records of Breguet were meticulously well maintained, one can only imagine that small errors were committed, on rare occasions, by those in charge of this task. Of very good and Breguet-typical quality and style, it is probably such oversight leading to the non-identification of this watch in the workbooks.