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.