Fine early 19th century repeating pocket watch in gold case, by Abraham-Louis Breguet
Stock No. 1852
Abraham-Louis Breguet, Paris, 1813
Gold case, 52 mm.
Cylinder escapement, quarter dumb repeating
Breguet No. 3327
A fine cylinder escapement, repeating pocket watch, in a gold case, by Abraham-Louis Breguet. Complete with certificate of authenticity produced by Breguet. All in good condition.
MOVEMENT : Quarter repeating, by two polished steel hammers striking two steel gongs.
With a cylinder escapement, three arm plain balance with parachute suspension, spiral steel balance spring with regulator and bi-metallic compensation curb. Ruby jewelled pivots to escape wheel.
The repeat is activated by a pull and twist piston in the pendant.
In good condition, running and repeating correctly.
DIAL : Silvered dial, signed BREGUET ET FILS at 6.
Engine turned hobnail engraving to centre.
A few light scratches to the engine turning.
Blued steel Breguet style hands.
CASE : Gold, signed, with serial no. 3327 on the cuvette and serial number 3327 also on the inside of the outer cover. Engine turned engraving to the back and band.
Usual light surface scratches, but no repairs or dents. The hinges are fine, and the signed gold curvette and bezel snap shut correctly. There are a few light scratches to the crystal.
The watch is accompanied by a gold ratchet type key, with gold clip and chain. The key tests as gold (around 14 carat) and the chain and clip are marked for 9 carat. In good condition throughout. The ratchet mechanism works correctly.
Abraham-Louis Breguet was born in Neuchatel in Switzerland, in 1747 and moved to Paris in 1768. He died in 1823. He was by far the finest watchmaker of his time, an innovator and inventor as well as the maker of fine and beautiful watches. This watch exhibits some of his inventions, including the parachute suspension and balance temperature compensation.
Breguet’s work was copied and faked probably more than any other watchmaker of the period. This watch is accompanied with a Breguet certificate, provided in 2020 from the Breguet archives in Paris, which describes Watch No. 3327 fully. It also shows the original buyer and price.
Monsieur Dupont, on 6th January, 1813 for 1400 francs