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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 202

    Moynier. A very fine, rare and elegant 18K gold openface cylinder watch with retrograde flyback seconds

    SIGNED MOYNIER & FILS À GENÈVE, NO. 24369, CIRCA 1835

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    Moynier. A very fine, rare and elegant 18K gold openface cylinder watch with retrograde flyback seconds
    Signed Moynier & Fils à Genève, No. 24369, circa 1835
    MOVEMENT: manual, jewelled cylinder escapement
    DIAL: two-tone engine-turned silver, eccentric champlevé radial Roman numerals on brushed chapter ring, outer minute divisions, top with brushed retrograde seconds sector, gold Breguet hands
    CASE: engine-turned "forme quatre baguettes", gold cuvette, 40.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: cuvette and dial, case numbered


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    Jean-Gabriel Moynier (1772-1840) was a member of the Moynier dynasty of watchmakers and enamellers working in Geneva from the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries.

    Only very few watches with retrograde flyback seconds are known before the 20th century. The present watch is a particularly attractive example taking inspiration from Breguet in the design of the fine engine-turned silver dial and gold case. It is furthermore preserved in extremely good condition.

    The flyback seconds function is a great visual delight, it is operated from a steel pinion geared to the third wheel and a further sprung wheel on the dial plate causes the hand to fly back to zero after 60 seconds.

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