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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 180

    C. Barbezat-Baillot. A very fine and rare 18K gold hunter case minute repeating keyless lever chronograph watch

    SIGNED C. BARBEZAT BAILLOT, LE LOCLE, NO. 49'028, CIRCA 1903

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    C. Barbezat-Baillot. A very fine and rare 18K gold hunter case minute repeating keyless lever chronograph watch
    Signed C. Barbezat Baillot, Le Locle, No. 49'028, circa 1903
    Gilt-finished fully jewelled lever movement stamped 334 for Barbezat-Baillot's Swiss patent for the improvement of the repeating mechanism of pocketwatches of all sizes, minute repeating on two hammers, glazed dust cover, gold cuvette engraved Jules Maillard Lausanne 1903, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, large circular case, engraved initials JM to the front, repeating slide and chronograph button in the band, cuvette signed and numbered, case numbered
    56 mm. diam.


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    The present watch is a fine example of a repeating chronograph watch made by Charles-Ami Barbezat-Baillot (1847 - 1938), renowned watchmaker, inventor and founder of the watch company Le Phare. It is fitted with one of his most important inventions, Swiss Patent no. 334 of 8 January 1889 (US Patent No. 433225), for the use of centrifugal force in repeating mechanisms, on which he published also an article in the Journal Suisse d'Horlogerie, December 1896 edition.

    Charles Barbezat specialized in the manufacture of complicated watches and is perhaps best known for the outstanding quality of his repeating timepieces with our without chronographs, among others fitted with his patented "silent regulator" which eliminated the humming sound of the repeating mechanism.

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    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN