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Geneva, Jan 03, 2022

LOT 65

Charles Barbezat-Baillot
Pocket watch, quarter-repeater, chronograph, date; 18K yellow gold

CHF 2,500 - 5,000

EUR 2,400 - 4,800 / USD 2,800 - 5,500 / HKD 21,100 - 42,200

Sold: CHF 3,250

18K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and three horological complications:
· Quarter-repeater by two hammers on two steel gongs (activated by the rectangular push-piece located on the case-band at 3 o’clock)
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the single round push-piece located on the winding-crown)
· Half-instantaneous date of the month (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock)

Case-back polished.

White enamel dial with radial Roman numerals; yellow gold “Louis XV” hands.

Movement 19’’’, 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 on the main plate, under the dial, with silent centrifugal force governor to regulate the speed of the repetition mechanism; chronograph work on the top plate.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Charles Barbezat-Baillot , Le Locle

Model retailed by Berriat, probably France

Year circa 1905

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No.  59 391

Material 18K yellow gold

Diameter 53 mm.

Caliber 19’’’, straight-line lever escapement

Weight 97.8 gr. (approx.)

Signature cuvette (dome) (by the retailer)

Accessories copy of the invention patent


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.

Charles Barbezat-Baillot, Le Locle

The company “C. Barbezat-Baillot” was founded by Charles-Ami 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.


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