Breguet. A fine and rare 18K pink gold hunter case a tact cylinder watch
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Breguet. A fine and rare 18K pink gold hunter case a tact cylinder watch

SIGNED BREGUET, NO. 4672, CASE NO. 4156, SOLD ON 15 AUGUST 1828 TO THE MARQUIS OF QUEENSBURY

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Breguet. A fine and rare 18K pink gold hunter case a tact cylinder watch
Signed Breguet, No. 4672, case no. 4156, sold on 15 August 1828 to the Marquis of Queensbury
With gilt-finished cylinder movement, plain three arm brass balance, parachute suspension, gold cuvette, the two-tone silvered engine-turned sunbeam decorated dial with Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, single steel hand, in engine-turned case with gold pointer and inlaid blue enamel Roman numerals to the front, centred by engraved sunburst design, platinum hour markers in the band, together with a short length of chain and male ratchet key, case numbered and made by Tavernier, cuvette signed and numbered
38 mm. diam.
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Lot Essay

According to the records of Montres Breguet, the present watch featuring a case made by Tavernier and a rare sunbeam decorated dial was sold on 15 August 1828 to the Marquis de Queensbury for the amount of 2,000 Francs.

The "montre à tact" or "tactful watch" was invented by Abraham Louis Breguet in the late 1790s during an epoch when it was unseemly to read the time in public. The "à tact" system helped to tactfully tell the time in polite society without taking the watch out of your pocket.

It is also known as the "watch for the blind" as the exposed pointer and markers on the band allow the wearer to determine the time by touch.
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