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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 11, 2019

LOT 251

POSSIBLY LE PHARE, MINUTE-REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH, GOLD

A fine, hunting-cased, manual winding, 14k yellow gold, minute repeating with chronograph pocket watch. Attributable to Le Phare (Barbezat Baillot).

Brand Audemars Frères

Calibre  19’’’

Case No. 139’189

Dimensions 57 mm

Signature on the case

CHF 1,000 - 2,000

HKD 8,000 - 16,000 / USD 1,000 - 2,000

Sold: CHF 1,875


Grading System
Grade: A

Good

Case: 3D3-01
Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense


Notes

 The different features of the movement, such as the fly regulator on the repeating train, lead one to think that this watch was produced by Barbezat Baillot in Le Locle, (at that time the most important maker of repeating watches of this type), which were commercialised under several trademarks such as Dixi and Le Phare. Le Phare. The company was founded as Guye & Barbezat, the founders were Charles Barbezat-Baillot (1847-1938) and Henry Guye (1838 - 1877). In 1888, the firm’s name was changed to Le Phare, being the registered name of their complicated watches. In 1900, Barbezat-Baillot advertised their brands that year as: La Locloise; l’Esperanto; Le Phare; Tempora and La Volapuk. Barbezat-Baillot was a member of the jury at the Brussels Universal Exhibition in 1897 and at Liege in 1905.