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    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 290

    Jules Jürgensen. A rare and small gilt metal two-day marine chronometer in mahogany box

    SIGNED JULES JÜRGENSEN, ESTED. COPENHAGEN 1740, MOVEMENT NO. 245, CIRCA 1925

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    Jules Jürgensen. A rare and small gilt metal two-day marine chronometer in mahogany box
    Signed Jules Jürgensen, Ested. Copenhagen 1740, movement no. 245, circa 1925
    Nickel-finished 2-day movement, chain fusée, visible Geneva stopwork, 20 jewels, adjusted to all temperatures, pivoted detent escapement mounted on the backplate, bimetallic compensation balance, free sprung regulator with polished blued steel helical balance spring, matte silvered dial, Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, in brass bowl, gimballed in three-tier mahogany box, brass key, dial and movement signed
    71 mm. diam., box 140 x 140 mm.


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    The present lot is one of the exceedingly rare marine chronometers made by the renowned Jules Jürgensen to appear in public, furthermore standing out by its small size.

    Appointed watchmakers and clockmakers to the Danish Court and Royal Navy, the members of the Jürgensen dynasty, notably Urban Jürgensen and his son Jules Frederik, were renowned for the precision of their marine chronometers, chronometers and astronomical pendulum clocks. Greatly appreciated for their accuracy and reliability, Jürgensen chronometers were supplied to the Admiralty, merchant shipping companies, astronomers and for geographical survey work.