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Geneva, Hotel Des Bergues, Oct 15, 2000

LOT 379

Estienne Hubert à Rouen, circa 1695.Very fine and rare fire gilded brass hour-striking, pre-balance alarm coach watch.

CHF 35,000 - 40,000

USD 20,000 - 23,000

Sold: CHF 40,250

C. double-body, "bassine", sides pierced and engraved with foliage, back engraved with rosette, bezel engraved with geometrical pattern. D. Silver with Roman numerals, inner fire-gilded alarm disk with a steel pointer indicating the hours, blued-steel counterpoised 'pointer' alarm hand. M. Hinged gilt brass full plate with column pillars, fusee and gut-line, verge escapement, plain steel two-arm balance without a spring, cock with a single small foot, pierced and engraved with foliage, short thre-wheel train, striking on a bell.Signed on the back plate.Diam. 85 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3 - 7
Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3 - 01


A very similar watch signed Estienne Hubert is in the Victoria and Albert Museum collection and is illustrated in Tardy?s 'Dictionaire des Horlogers Français', p 311.