The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer

Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

LOT 88

Winnerl, Paris, No. 261, circa 1830. Very fine gilt brass deck watch in original mahogany fitted box.

CHF 16,000 - 20,000

EUR 10,500 - 13,000 / USD 12,000 - 15,000

Sold: CHF 17,250

C. Tambour, gilt and lacquer brass, bayonette fixing. D. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute divisions, subsidiary seconds at 12. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 51 mm (23 1/2'''), gilt brass, full plate, going barrel, Earnshaw type spring detent escapement, Earnshaw type bimetallic compensation balance with round platinum sliding temperature weights,platinum mean time screws, gold temperature screws withsteel bracket for restricting the movement of the balance laminae, free-sprung blued steel helical balance spring,diamond endstone.Signed on dial and movement, numbered on dial, movement and box.Diam. 67 mm (bezel), box 110 x 86 x 42 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


Joseph-Tadeus Winnerl. He was born at Murech (Austrian Styria) on 25 January 1799. He left his country when very young to visit the principal cities of Europe in which clockmaking was practiced. Thus he worked for Kessels in Altona, and Jürgensen in Copenhagen. He arrived in Paris in 1829, where he was employed by the best clockmakers, in particular Breguet. He chose France as his country of adoption and was naturalized.Towards 1832 he set up shop in the passage de Lorette in Paris, and established a workshop there for making marine chronometers.At the Exhibition of the Products of French Industry in 1839, the Central Jury awarded him a gold medal. In 1843 he presented to the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and Sciences an anchor escapement modified for clocks, which was the subject of a report by Baron Seguier. That same year he presented to the Society a split seconds recorder of his invention.At the 1844 Exhibition, the Central Jury awarded him an addition to the gold medal that he had already obtained in 1839, and he was made Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. At the Universal Exhibition of 1855, the Jury awarded him a grand Prize, and he was raised to the rank of Officer of the Légion d'Honneur.Appointed clockmaker to the Paris Observatory in 1850, he presented a "Mémoire sur les pendules de précision" to the Society of Paris Clockmakers in 1857, as well as another entitled: "Règle de la construction de l'échappement duplex et modification de cet échappement pour l'appliquer aux montres à roues de rencontre".Elected Councilor of the City of Paris in 1859, he was successively re-elected until 1870, when he sold his business.Appointed Expert Clockmaker to the Navy by a ministerial decision of 17 November 1873, he retained this office until his death. In 1876 he presented to the Academy of Science a compensated pendulum for chronometers, with a mechanism for correcting secondary errors at intermediate temperatures.Winnerl died on 25 January 1886 at Andresy, a small town in the Seine et Oise where he had settled soon after closing his business. His work consists of about 550 marine chronometers, pocket chronometers, split second recorders, and astronomical long case clocks of which two had been made for the Paris Observatory, and two for the Navy Depot. To this list should be added a large number of mantelpiece clocks, and watches made at the request of collectors of fine clockwork.