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Geneva, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Du Rhône, May 13, 2007

LOT 497

"Skeletonized Movement" Houriet & Fils, (Neuchâtel), No. 9032. Made circa 1820. Very fine, 18K gold pocket watch with visible skeletonized movement.

CHF 4,000 - 6,000

EUR 2,500 - 3,700 / USD 3,300 - 5,000

C. Three-body, ?Empire?, polished, reeded band. D. White enamel, annular, Breguet numerals and outer minute divisions, center disclosing the skeletonized going train. Blued steel "lozenge" hands. M. Gilt brass skeletonized, cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance with flat balance spring, index regulator. Dial and movement signed, case numbered. Diam. 53 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-46-01


HANDS Original


Jacques-Frédéric Houriet (1743-1830) After a stay of nine years in Paris for work and study, Houriet settled in Le Locle, where he became an important horologist, working with his son and many other members of his immediate and extended family. The present watch is illustrated in "Frederic Houriet - Le Pere de la Chronometrie Suisse", Jean-Claude Sabrier, Editions Simonin, 2006, p. 38.