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Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Apr 14, 1991

LOT 17

A Monsieur Julliot Watch No. 647, sold on 11 Ventose an 9 (2 March 1801), for the sum of 2400 Francs. Gold watch with "grande" and "petite" sonnerie striking and quarter-repeating.

Case: 18 ct.,polished, three body with concealed hinges, by Amy Gros, No. 647. Gilt metal cuvette, signed: "Breguet, No. 647".
Dial: White enamel, by Borel, signed: "Breguet", with Breguet numerals, and secret signature below "12". Blued-steel Breguet hands.
Movement: Gilt brass 22" full plate caliber, two train with turned pillars, signed on the dial plate: " Breguet No. 647", overhanging ruby cylinder escapement and three-arm plain brass balance. Blued-steel balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the regulator. Grande/ petite striking on two blued-steel gongs with sonnerie / silence and grnnde/ petite select levers in the edge of the dial plate. Seperate quarter-repeating train, by depressing the pendant, with locking lever on the front bezel.
In very good condition. Red leather fitted case by Desoutter. Diam. 58 mm.

CHF 60,000 - 80,000

Sold: CHF 69,000


Provenance: Formerly in the Sir David Salomons Collection, No. 86. Sold at Christie's, London, as lot 19, catalogue part II, on 1 December 1964. Exhibition: This watch was exhibited in Paris at the Palais Galliera, in October 1923, on the centenary of the death of Abraham Louis Breguet, Cat. No. 127.
Literature: Illustrated and described in G. Daniels, The Art of Breguet, pp. 69, 70 and 177., figs. 140 a-c.
Note: Breguet used this caliber of movement with a separate pump-wound repeating train, for many of his watches destined for the Near Eastern market.