Geneva, Nov 07, 2021

LOT 283


CHF 4,000 - 5,000

HKD 33,800 - 42,200 / USD 4,400 - 5,500 / EUR 3,800 - 4,700

Sold: CHF 7,500

Fine and very rare, 18K gold, early dead center seconds stop-watch with special escapement.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Robert & Courvoisier

Year Circa 1795

Movement No. 88593

Diameter 57 mm

Caliber Hinged, 20’’’, gilt brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee with chain, Pouzait lever escapement with extra-large plain gold four-arm balance, flat balance spring with regulator, extra-large skeletonized gilt brass cock covering the back plate, with diamond end-stone. Knurled setting wheel and stop-watch lever, in the gilt brass dial plate. Signed on the dial and the cock. In very good condition.

Signature Dial, Case and Movement


Robert & Courvoisier
The company was founded in 1770 by J. Robert of La Chaux-de- Fonds, who in 1781 went into partnership with his son-in-law Louis Courvoisier. The company was first called J.Robert Son & Co., in 1805 Robert, Courvoisier, & Co., and in 1816, Courvoisier & Co. Along with the Jaquet-Droz firm, they were the most important makers of musical clocks.

During the last quarter of the XVIIIth century, several watchmakers tried to produce watches with dead center seconds hands, much in favor among the scientists and in the Chinese market. The attempt made by Moïse Pouzait with a lever escapement associated with a large second beating balance, thanks to its spectacular aspect, was much appreciated on the Chinese market in spite of its inertia sensitivity, before the invention by Jacot of the so-called “Chinese duplex” escapement enabling the production of dead center second watches.