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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 24

Charles Barbezat-Baillot
Large pocket watch, quarter-repeater, chronograph; 14K yellow gold

CHF 2,500 - 5,000

EUR 2,250 - 4,500 / USD 2,650 - 5,300 / HKD 20,600 - 41,200

14K yellow gold, hunting-case, keyless-winding, round-shaped, large pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and two horological complications:
· Quarter-repeater on two steel gongs by two hammers (activated by the single olive-shaped 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), with, on the cover, in the centre, an escutcheon.

Movement 20’’’, gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index-regulator; repeater work with silent centrifugal governor; chronograph work on the top plate.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8-11


Slightly scratched

Slightly worn

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Charles Barbezat-Baillot , Le Locle

Year circa 1896-1900

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 115 907 (by “N D)

Material 14K yellow gold

Diameter 58.4 mm.

Caliber 20’’’, straight-line lever escapement

Weight 118 gr. (approx.)

Accessories copies of invention patents


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 trademarks: “Trusty”, “Le Phare”, “Dixi”, “Fix Watch Co.”, etc.


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 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).


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

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