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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 73

    Tomaso Cleck. A fine, very rare and early gilt brass pre-balance spring two-train hour striking verge clock watch

    SIGNED TOMASO CLECK À GENOVA, CIRCA 1640

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    Tomaso Cleck. A fine, very rare and early gilt brass pre-balance spring two-train hour striking verge clock watch
    Signed Tomaso Cleck à Genova, circa 1640
    MOVEMENT: manual, gut fusée, verge escapement, plain brass balance without spring, small-footed irregular oval pierced and florally engraved balance cock secured by a screw, ratchet wheel set-up with matching cock and blued steel wheel, hour striking train with pierced and engraved fixed barrel, locking plate with a gilt brass florally pierced and engraved cock, striking on a pork-pie bell fixed in the back of the case
    DIAL: silver, Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, engraved with a small landscape, a pond with swans on the foreground, a church in the background, blued steel single tulip hand
    CASE: split bezel, fully pierced and engraved with floral decoration, loose ring pendant, 70 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: movement


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    This beautifully pierced and engraved clockwatch is a very rare example of a 17th century timepiece made by an Italian watchmaker. Furthermore as a clockwatch – fitted with a striking train and striking the passing hours exactly like a clock - it is a particularly rare survival.

    The present watch was made in a period before the invention of the balance spring which did not appear until after 1675, the balance still works in the same way but its arc is unregulated by a spring. In the 17th century there was no necessity to know the time more exactly than to the nearest hour and therefore a single hand was perfectly adequate for the purpose, watches with both hour and minute hands were gradually phased in from about 1690. This impressive early Italian watch would be a fascinating addition to any serious horological collection and at the same time makes a great display as a piece of historic mechanical art.

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