Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 09, 2021

LOT 446


CHF 4,000 - 6,000

HKD 32,000 - 48,000 / USD 4,000 - 6,000

Sold: CHF 4,625

Very fine and large, minute-repeating, 14K yellow gold, hunting-cased, keyless pocket watch with chronograph. Repeating on gongs with fly regulator and push piece in the band, Swiss patent 13244.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1900

Movement No. 256104

Case No. 63373

Caliber 20 “’ gilt brass, 29 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

Dimensions 60 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement


The different features of the movement, such as the fly regulator on the repeating train, lead one to think that this watch was produced by Barbezat Baillot in Le Locle, (at that time the most important maker of repeating watches of this type), which were commercialised under several trademarks such as Dixi and Le Phare. Le Phare. The company was founded as Guye & Barbezat, the founders were Charles Barbezat-Baillot (1847-1938) and Henry Guye (1838- 1877). In 1888, the firm’s name was changed to Le Phare, being the registered name of their complicated watches. In 1900, Barbezat-Baillot advertised their brands that year as: La Locloise; l’Esperanto; Le Phare; Tempora and La Volapuk. Barbezat-Baillot was a member of the jury at the Brussels Universal Exhibition in 1897 and at Liege in 1905.