- A SMALL FINE AND RARE YELLOW GOLD CONVERTIBLE WATCH WITH DATE AND REGULATOR TO THE DIALSOLD ON OCTOBER 12, 1818, TO DUC DE BERWICK FOR 4,800 FRANCS, RETURNED TO BREGUET 20 YEARS LATER AND IMMEDIATELY SOLD TO ANTHONY DE ROTHSCHILD, NO 2791
- yellow gold
- diameter 36 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."
This is an extremely rare example of such a small Breguet watch.
Fitz-James, Duke of Berwick (1776-1838) was the great-grandson of the renowned Maréchal de Berwick, illegitimate son of King Jacques II. Born in Versailles in 1776, he was named premier aide de camp and gentilhomme de la chambre to the Count d'Artois, brother of Louis XVI. He followed him to Lyon in 1815, in an attempt to stop the victorious march of Napoleon after his escape from Elba Island. After the second Restoration of the monarchy, he was made "Pair de France" by King Louis XVIII. The Duke of Berwick took an active part in the "Chambre des Pairs", defending the monarchy, but also fighting for freedom of the press and the right to free speech.
Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876) was the second son of the famous banker Nathan Meyer de Rothschild. The Rothschild bank was active in supporting the Allies in their military campaign to defeat Napoleon.