Early 19thc French gold repeater
Stock No. 1777
Chalon, France, c1820
Gold case, 52 mm.
Verge escapement, quarter repeating
An early 19th century French gold watch, with quarter repeat, all in very nice condition.
MOVEMENT : A gilt movement with verge escapement and gilt balance wheel.
Very finely engraved balance bridge
Quarter repeating with two polished steel hammers striking two steel gongs.
The quarter repeating function is activated by pushing down the stem. This strikes once for each hour and then twice for each quarter. Good tone to the chimes.
The chime may be disabled by sliding the button on the outside band of the case at 11.
The movement is in very good condition, and is running well and repeating correctly.
DIAL : White enamel dial. In excellent condition, with just one very faint short hairline on the edge at 2.
Blued steel Breguet type hands.
CASE : The substantial rose gold case has engine turning to the back and band. The inside of the cover is stamped with a case numbers 12011, 49380 and a maker’s mark MA. Early 19thc. French gold marks on the inside back and pendant.
The inner gilt cuvette is signed Ville A CHALONS S S.
The case is in very good condition, with just one small light bruise on the back just to the right of the central cartouche. It tests as high carat gold (at least 14ct.)
The crystal is fine.
All hinges are good and the bezel, back cover and cuvette all close correctly.
The watch is accompanied by a gilt chain and key.
Ville is listed in Chalon between 1820 and 1840 (Ref. Dictionnaire Des Horlogers Francais by Tardy)