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Hong Kong, Mar 03, 2021

LOT 56

Fabriques G. Tribaudeau
Pocket chronometer with Observatory Bulletin, chronograph and minute counter; 18K yellow gold

HKD 9,400 - 18,800

CHF 1,100 - 2,200 / EUR 1,000 - 2,000 / USD 1,250 - 2,500

Sold: HKD 12,000

18K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket chronometer, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and two horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the round push-piece located on the winding-crown) with telemetric scale graduated for 60 kilometres per hour
· Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock)

Case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with the cypher “L A”.

Movement 19’’’, gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, gold escape-wheel counter-pivot plate, cut bimetallic compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index-regulator; “viper’s head” stamp of the Besançon Observatory for a Second Class Bulletin de marche.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3 *
Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Fabrique G. Tribaudeau, Besançon (France)

Year circa 1920

Movement No. 77 469

Case No. 77 469 (by Société Générale des monteurs de boîtes d’or, Besançon)

Material 18K yellow gold

Diameter 53 mm.

Caliber 19’’’, straight-line lever escapement

Weight 120 gr. (approx.)

Signature cuvette (dome)


Case pendant based on the Swiss invention patent No. 4 646, delivered on February 15, 1892, to Louis-G. Tribaudeau, Besançon (France), for a “Pendant perfectionné pour montres de tous genres” (Pendant perfected for watches of all kinds).


Fabriques G. Tribaudeau, Besançon
House founded in 1876 in Besançon (France). The manufactory was 4, rue des Fontenottes, next to the funicular station, in the Bregille district (an old village absorbed by the development of the city in the 19th century), on the right bank of the Doubs, at the foot of the hill overlooking the Mouillière station and bordering the historic centre of the capital of Franche-Comté.
In 1927, this manufacture had already won more than 125 awards at the Besançon National Astronomical Observatory's chronometry competitions: six First Prizes, three Second Prizes, 35 Gold Medals and 54 Silver Medals.
The Tribaudeau manufactory made watches, jewellery and goldsmith’s art, hence the name “Fabriques” in the plural. It registered the trademark “Trib”. The company specialised in direct sales to the public by mail order with illustrated catalogues published every year. The Tribaudeau family continued the company’s activities until 1984; it had its most prosperous period in the inter-war period. The company still exists and markets advertising watches.