Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Jul 23, 2020

LOT 12

Charles Barbezat-Baillot – Le Phare
Large pocket watch, minute-repeater, chronograph; 14K yellow gold

HKD 32,000 - 40,000

CHF 4,000 - 5,000 / USD 4,200 - 5,300

14K yellow gold, hunting-case, keyless-winding, round-shaped, large pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and two horological complications:
• Minute-repeater on two steel gongs by two hammers (activated by the rectangular push-piece located on the case-band at 6 o’clock)
• 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the single olive-shaped push-piece located on the case-band at 2 o’clock)
Cover and case-back guilloché (engine-turned).
20’’’, gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, compensated balance and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, index regulator; repeater work with silent centrifugal governor.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 10


Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original

Brand Charles Barbezat-Baillot , Le Locle

Model Le Phare

Year circa 1900-1910

Movement No. 256 104

Case No. 63 373

Caliber 21’’’, lever escapement

Dimensions Ø 60.4 mm.

Accessories copies of the invention patents


Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 334, delivered on January 8, 1889, to Charles Barbezat-Baillot, Le Locle, for a “Perfectionnements apportés à la construction des mécanismes de répétition pour montres de poche de toutes dimensions” (Improvements to the construction of the mechanisms of repetition for pocket watches of all sizes); this patent includes in particular the silent centrifugal force regulator to regulate the speed of the repetition mechanism.
Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 13 244, delivered on November 18, 1896, to Charles Barbezat-Baillot, Le Locle, for a “Poussette pour montres” (Push-piece for watches).
Charles Barbezat-Baillot, Le Locle
The company “C. Barbezat-Baillot” was founded by Charles Barbezat-Baillot (1847-1938). He was the elder brother of Henri Barbezat-Bôle (1851-1921), the founder of “H. Barbezat-Bôle S.A., Le Locle”.
Charles Barbezat-Baillot is the holder of many invention patents related to watchmaking and registers numerous Swiss trademarks: “Trusty”, “Le Phare”, “Dixi”, “Fi