Geneva, May 14, 2023

LOT 80


CHF 4,000 - 8,000

EUR 4,100 - 8,200 / USD 4,600 - 9,100 / HKD 35,400 - 71,000

Sold: CHF 9,375

Fine and rare silver pre-balance spring watch with alarm.
Bassine shaped case with loose ring pendant, the bezel engraved with flowers, the band pierced and engraved with foliage inhabited with birds and Cherubs, the back with a profusion of summer flowers and two duellists in cavalier costumes. Silver dial-plate engraved with a floral decoration matching that of the bezel. Gilt brass chapter-ring with Roman numerals, inner revolving alarm setting disk engraved with foliage inhabited by running dogs and a rabbit. Brass tulip pattern hour pointer with alarm setting hand.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3-8*


Slightly scratched

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Gamot, France

Year Circa 1660

Material Silver

Diameter 47 mm.

Caliber 16''',Hinged gilt brass full plate secured by a latch with urn pillars, fusee with gut-line, verge escapement with plain steel two-arm balance without spring, gilt brass florally pierced and engraved irregular cock. Ratchet wheel and click for set-up. Alarm train with gilt brass florally pierced and engraved fixed barrel. Striking on a bell.

Signature Movement


Gregoire Gamot of Paris, recorded as working in 1628, and in the Rue de la Barillerie in 1652. He died in 1673. The engraving style of the case is both fine in its execution and elaborate in design, and the artist appears to have employed elements taken from several different designers. The choice of subject for the back is unusual to say the leasttwo duellists apparently in the process of killing one another- and would presumably have been to the order of the buyer. The subject is taken from a contemporary book on the art of sword fighting.