Charles Oudin. A highly rare and unusual 18K gold hunter case two train quarter repeating keywound lever watch with independent dead centre seconds and patented mnemonic dial
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Charles Oudin. A highly rare and unusual 18K gold hunter case two train quarter repeating keywound lever watch with independent dead centre seconds and patented mnemonic dial

SIGNED CHARLES OUDIN, HORLOGER DE LA MARINE, PALAIS ROYAL 52, PARIS, CADRAN MNEMONIQUE BREVETE, NOS. 6650 AND 355, MOVEMENT SIGNED P. SANDOZ & FILS UNDER THE DIAL, CIRCA 1850

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Charles Oudin. A highly rare and unusual 18K gold hunter case two train quarter repeating keywound lever watch with independent dead centre seconds and patented mnemonic dial
Signed Charles Oudin, Horloger de la Marine, Palais Royal 52, Paris, Cadran Mnemonique Brevete, nos. 6650 and 355, movement signed P. Sandoz & Fils under the dial, circa 1850
Cal. 18 1/2''' gilt-finished two train lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, quarter repeating on two hammers onto a gong, Oudin's patented Mnemonic dial on the gold cuvette, outer white enamel chapter ring with Breguet numerals and five minute divisions, central blued steel hand, inner date ring with Arabic 1 - 31 numerals indicated by means of a rotating blued steel disk, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer five minute divisions for the independent centre seconds, engine-turned circular case, engraved coat-of-arms to the front and initials MS to the back, repeating slide and independent centre seconds, case numbered 6650 and 335, dial signed in inlaid blue enamel Cadran Mnémonique par Charles Oudin Breveté, Médailles de 1806 à 1862, movement signed P. Sandoz & Fils underneath the dial
49 mm. diam.
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Lot Essay

The present watch features Oudin's highly unusual and rarely seen patented mnemonic dial, used to remember an event on a certain date and at a certain hour.

Charles Oudin, a renowned watchmaker and student of Breguet, established his workshop in Paris at the Palais Tribunat in 1804, then at the Galerie de Pierre from 1810-20. He was succeeded by his son who transferred the firm to Galerie Montpensier in 1830 and where it remained until 1840, then at Palais National by 1850 and finally Palais Royal in 1860.

Oudin watches are of high quality, comparable to those of Charles' famous teacher Breguet. In 1806, Charles Oudin patented a keyless winding mechanism, which he also presented at the Paris exhibition. The winding system of the present watch is based on this "brevet" but fitted with the further development of the stem hour setting. The cuvette bears the years of patents and the relevant exhibitions at which Oudin's watches participated, e.g. 1806, 1819, 1853 and 1855.

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