Early 19thc. French gold repeater with visible balance

Stock No. 1842

Macon, France, c1820
Gold case, 43 mm.
Verge escapement, quarter repeating

Price £2250

An unusual early 19th century French gold watch, with verge escapement and visible quarter repeating mechanism.

MOVEMENT : A gilt movement with verge escapement.

Very finely pierced balance bridge. Signed Chicot a Macon.

Quarter repeating with two 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 2.

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

DIAL : Unusual dial with white enamel chapter ring and aperture to the centre exposing the striking mechanism.

The dial is in good condition, with a scratch between 8 and 9, and a light hairline at 6

Blued steel Breguet type hands.

CASE : The gold case has engine turning to the back, bezel and band. The inside of the cover is stamped with a serial number 25925 and the French gold mark for 18 carat (this mark was in use between 1817 and 1838).

The inner gilt cuvette is signed as the movement.

The case is in very good condition. All hinges are good and the bezel, back cover and cuvette all close correctly.

The crystal is fine.