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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 133

    Gustave Sandoz. A rare and unusual 18K gold hunter case keyless pocket chronometer with chain fusée and one minute tourbillon

    SIGNED GUSTAVE SANDOZ, PARIS, CASE NO. 15300, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    Gustave Sandoz. A rare and unusual 18K gold hunter case keyless pocket chronometer with chain fusée and one minute tourbillon
    Signed Gustave Sandoz, Paris, case no. 15300, circa 1880
    Gilt-finished keyless movement, spring detent escapement, chain fusée, three-armed steel one minute tourbillon carriage, bimetallic compensation balance, glazed dust cover, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, plain heavy circular case, engraved initials MT surmounted by a crown to the front, case numbered, movement signed
    55.5 mm. diam.


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    Gustave Sandoz, appointed watchmaker of the Royal French Navy, was active at the Palais Royal in Paris in 1870 and subsequently in the Rue Royale in 1900.

    The distinctive shape of the movement and the pierced balance bridge are very similar to the unsigned Swiss one minute tourbillon watch with thermometer, Geneva circa 1860, described and illustrated in Das Tourbillon by Reinhard Meis, p. 123.