10 June 1998,
Price realised GBP 11,500
GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000
Breguet. An interesting early gold garde-temps chronometer pocketwatch
Signed Breguet et Fils, no. 170, commenced 1792, sold 1804
The matt gilt chain fusee movement with Arnold's spring detent escapement, the detent set into the top plate, the brass balance cock with early form of steel parachute shock absorption, three arm bimetallic balance in the form of Arnold's Y-Z balance, flat blued steel hairspring with overcoils, jewelled to the third wheel, start/stop lever in the band stopping the balance, a second lever in the bezel activating a clutch mechanism to stop the seconds hand only when bringing the watch to time, wound by key via a bevel gear and winding arbor in the rim, the white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, secret signature and number below the 12, signed on the back Borel No. 178, subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hands, in pink gold open face case with casemaker's mark G.M. for G. Mermillod, case number 63, seconds start/stop lever in the bezel, early style conical pendant stem with ring pendant, with extract from the Breguet archives No. 4136 dated 11 February 1998, with associated wooden box with Boulle-style brass and tortoiseshell decoration and a length of two colour gold chain with gold tipsy key, dial and movement signed
48 mm. diam.
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Apart from the secret signature, the dial is signed Breguet et Fils, which would date it about 1806. The watch is recorded as being sold to M. Allaman et Compagnie on 28 Prairial An 13 of the revolutionary calendar for France 1560.
Hans Staeger, 100 Years of Precision Timekeepers from John Arnold to Arnold & Frodsham 1763-1862, 1997, pp. 257-260
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