19thc French gold cylinder repeater

Stock No. 1829

France, c1820
Gold case, 47.25 mm.
Cylinder escapement, quarter repeating


An early 19th century French gold watch, with cylinder escapement and quarter repeat.

MOVEMENT : A gilt movement with cylinder escapement.

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 1.

The movement is in very good condition, and is running well and repeating correctly.

DIAL : Signed gold dial. Engined turned engraving to the centre and signed BREGUET at the top. In good condition, with just a few very light scratches around the centre and a small dent on the chapter ring, between 9 and 10.

Blued steel Breguet type hands.

CASE : The rose gold case has engine turning to the back, bezel and band. The inside of the cover is stamped with case numbers 3743 and 74080 and a maker’s mark JC. Early 19thc. French gold mark (3 chevrons) on the inside back.

The inner gilt cuvette is signed BREGUET.

The case is in very good condition, with just a couple of small light bruises on the back, the larger is just below the stem (which is an indentation left by the bow), and a little wear to the engine turning on the back. 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.

Like many watches of this period, it is signed ‘Breguet’ but although a fine quality watch, it is not by Abraham Louis Breguet, though  was probably made in Paris.