MOVEMENT : Gilded cylinder movement in good, clean condition. It is running for a few seconds or sometimes minutes or hours, and then stops (restarts with a little pressure on the centre wheel).
DIAL : The beautiful silver engraved dial is about 42mm in diameter. In excellent condition with no scratches or other damage. Nice Breguet type gold hands. The mineral crystal is fine.
CASE : The engine turned case, with foliate borders, is 44.8 mm in diameter (excluding pendant etc.) and weighs 47 gms (including the movement). Both covers have French gold marks (chevrons used to indicate 18 carat) and the case serial number (848).
The cuvette is inscribed – HORIZONTAL ESCAPEMENT, Oudin a Paris, Four HOLES JEWELLED.
All hinges and catches are fine and both covers (and bezel) snap closed nicely.
The case is in good condition throughout, with just a few light scratches and dings, the worst near the roundel in the centre of the engine turned back.
The watch is presented in a good quality, red morocco leather fitted carrying case, with yellow satin and velvet linings. This is in very good condition with just a few scuffs on the leather and a few marks to the interior. The catch is fine.
Charles Oudin worked in Paris from 1807 until about 1880. He was Clockmaker to the Emperor & Empress of Russia, and a pupil of Breguet.