Gold cased French repeater with fine cylinder movement

Stock No. 1571

Anon.
France, c1830
Gold case, 46 mm.
Cylinder escapement, quarter repeating

Price £2200

This is a fine French quarter repeating watch, with cylinder escapement, in a yellow gold case, with silver & gold guilloche dial, and a particularly fine quality movement.

MOVEMENT : A gilt movement with cylinder escapement, and quarter repeating with two polished steel hammers striking two steel gongs. The cylinder escapement features a Breguet type parachute shock protection, and a temperature compensation curb.

The quarter repeating function is activated by lifting the button on the stem, turning it 90 degrees, and then pushing down. Striking once for each hour and then twice for each quarter.

The movement is in virtually mint condition, and is running well and repeating correctly.

DIAL : Very attractive and quite unusual silver and gold floral guilloche dial.

In good condition with just a few very light marks and scratches.
Blued steel hands

CASE : The gold case has engine turning to the back and the band. The inner gold cuvette is beautifully decorated with blue, green and white enamel.

The stem and bow are both gold. The inner gold back of the case is stamped with the case number and gold marks.

The case is in very good condition, with virtually no wear to the engine turning on the back, and just a few tiny sections of enamel missing from the cuvette.

All hinges are fine and the bezel, back cover and cuvette all close correctly. The crystal has one small chip on the edge and a scratch across the centre.

The watch is probably French, but could also be from Switzerland.