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Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, P...

Geneva, Hotel Du Rhone, April 02, 2006

LOT 352

“Quarter Repeating à Toc” Breguet, No. 91/122. Begun circa 1775, entered in the books on November 7, 1791 under the No. 122. Very fine and very rare, early, 20K gold pocket watch with quarter repeating à toc.

C. Two-body, polished, by Gustave Mermillod (Mastermark). D. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer dot minute divisions. Gold “beetle and poker” hands. Gilt metal dial plate engraved “No. 91”. M. 38 mm., gilt brass, full plate caliber, cylindrical pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance, foliate pierced and engraved continental type balance cock with polished steel endplate, blued steel flat balance spring, silver regulation disc, repeating with two hammers on the case activated by depressing the pendant. Dial and movement signed. Numbered 122 on the pillar plate under the hammer. The case with the Mastermark of Gustave Mermillod and punched with the mark of the Fermiers Generaux, Jean Baptiste Fouache et Domonique Compant, and the date letter “L” in use between 16 July 1774 and 15 July 1775. Diam. 47 mm.

C. Two-body, polished, by Gustave Mermillod (Mastermark).
D. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer dot minute divisions. Gold “beetle and poker” hands. Gilt metal dial plate engraved “No. 91”.
M. 38 mm., gilt brass, full plate caliber, cylindrical pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance, foliate pierced and engraved continental type balance cock with polished steel endplate, blued steel flat balance spring, silver regulation disc, repeating with two hammers on the case activated by depressing the pendant. Dial and movement signed. Numbered 122 on the pillar plate under the hammer. The case with the Mastermark of Gustave Mermillod and punched with the mark of the Fermiers Generaux, Jean Baptiste Fouache et Domonique Compant, and the date letter “L” in use between 16 July 1774 and 15 July 1775. Diam. 47 mm.

CHF 35,000 - 45,000

108 22,000 - 30,000 / -

Sold: CHF 44,840


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-24-01

Good

Slightly chipped

HANDS Original

Notes

This watch was certainly one of the earliest made by Breguet after he went into business in 1775. As the records did not begin until 1787 it was therefore not recorded at the time, but was entered into stock as number 122 in 1791. Breguet gives no information relating to its manufacture, date of sale, nor the price and name of the buyer, which was not uncommon in the first stock book. The Arabic numerals are identical to those used by Jean-Antoine Lepine from about 1770, and the signature is typical of Breguet’s work prior to the revolution. The case is stamped with the mark of Gustave Mermillod, who is recorded as the first case maker working for Breguet.