- AN EARLY GOLD AND SILVER SOUSCRIPTION WATCHNO 3233 SOLD TO MONSIEUR LE DUC D' ARGYLE 30 SEPTEMBER 1818 FOR 678 FRANCS
- yellow gold and silver
- diameter 62 mm
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.
Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."
The Earls, Marquesses, and Dukes of Argyll were for several centuries among the most powerful, if not the most powerful and noble family in Scotland. As such, they played a major role in Scottish history.
George William Campbell, 6th Duke of Argyll (1768-1839) was known to several owners of Breguet watches.
The Prince of Wales, later Prince Regent and finally King George IV, was possibly one of Breguet's most loyal and prolific customers. The 6th Duke and the Prince of Wales were close friends and as a result the Duke was counselor to the prince Regent from 1811 to 1820. It was while accompanying the Prince Regent to Paris in the autumn of 1818 that the Duke was introduced to Breguet for the first time. He subsequently bought this Souscription watch and the Prince Regent also purchased two other Breguet watches at the same time.