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Hotel Richemond, Geneva, April 13, 2002

LOT 586

Breguet, Horloger de la Marine Royale, No. 3388, “Montre Première Classe”, sold to the Duke of Norfolk on August 29, 1821, for 2,400 Francs. Very fine and rare 20K gold, hunting-cased, half-quarter repeating, jumping hour watch, accompanied by a Breguet certificate.

C. Four-body, “quatre baguettes form”, by Tavernier, No. 3675, engine-turned, gold detachable cuvette. D. Silver, made by Tavernier, secret signature repeated on each side of figure “XII”, champlevé Roman numerals on brushed disk, outer minute dot divisions, subsidiary sunk seconds between 3 and 4 o’clock, engine-turned center, secured by a screw. Blued steel, Breguet hands. M. 47 mm. (21’’’), gilt brass, bridge caliber, hanging barrel with continuous stop work, 12 jewels, ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm gilt balance, flat balance spring, compensating curb, pare-chute on top pivot, Breguet-type repeating system (after Stogden), repeating by a single hammer via intermediate steel block on short gong by pull-and-twist piston in the pendant. Signed on dial and cuvette. Diam. 54 mm.

C. Four-body, “quatre baguettes form”, by Tavernier, No. 3675, engine-turned, gold detachable cuvette.
D. Silver, made by Tavernier, secret signature repeated on each side of figure “XII”, champlevé Roman numerals on brushed disk, outer minute dot divisions, subsidiary sunk seconds between 3 and 4 o’clock, engine-turned center, secured by a screw. Blued steel, Breguet hands.
M. 47 mm. (21’’’), gilt brass, bridge caliber, hanging barrel with continuous stop work, 12 jewels, ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm gilt balance, flat balance spring, compensating curb, pare-chute on top pivot, Breguet-type repeating system (after Stogden), repeating by a single hammer via intermediate steel block on short gong by pull-and-twist piston in the pendant. Signed on dial and cuvette. Diam. 54 mm.

CHF 40,000 - 50,000

EUR 28,000 - 34,000 / USD 24,000 - 30,000

Sold: CHF 575,500


Grading System
Grade: Logo grading

Exceptional

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

Breguet made only about 150 hunting-cased watches, the majority of which are with the 12 o’clock figure at the pendant, as does this one. They were usually sold to English clients. This watch was constructed between 1818 and 1820. The records show it was first consigned to a Monsieur Germain on September 16, 1820, for the sum of 2,400 francs. It was subsequently returned and sent to Fatton in London, for the same price, on July 13, 1821. It was then sold to the Duke of Norfolk. This watch was sold by Antiquorum in “The Art of Breguet”, Geneva, April 14, 1991, lot 36.