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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 247

    Breguet. An unusual gilt brass keyless lever deck chronometer with Guillaume balance, made for Air France

    SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 3693, SOLD TO AIR FRANCE IN 1938

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    Breguet. An unusual gilt brass keyless lever deck chronometer with Guillaume balance, made for Air France
    Signed Breguet, No. 3693, sold to Air France in 1938
    Cal. 22''' nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, Guillaume balance with gold poising screws, amagnetic dust cap, the silvered matte dial with Breguet numerals, blued steel pear hands, eccentric subsidiary seconds to 9 o'clock, in circular gilt brass case, set into a custom-made bakelite panel and wooden box, case numbered, dial signed and numbered
    61 mm. diam., wooden box 140 mm. wide


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    The present deck chronometer was sold to Air France in 1938, at the time most certainly fitted into an insulated metal box.

    In order to be used as a desk clock possibly by one of Air France's officers, it can be assumed that it was mounted to a later date into the present, custom-made deck watch style mahogany box. By changing the position of the brass lever in the bakelite panel, either the movement can be wound or the hands set through the large crown.