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Paul Ditisheim/H.A. Campiche

5,000 - 7,000 USD
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  • diameter of dial 12.3 cm
• very unusual gilt full plate two-tier movement, the top tier with very large seconds beating bi-metallic balance, blued steel helical balance with single terminal curve, the bottom tier containing the electro-mechanical movement with large coil, impulse device and motion work • silvered dial, wax-filled Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands • in gimbaled brass bowl with electrical contacts and rosewood three-tier box with flush carrying handles • signed and numbered, the dial further signed Bulletin De 1ere classe de l'observatoire de Neuchatel


Time Museum Inventory No. 1900
Sotheby's New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, Part Four, October 13th and 14th, 2004, lot 699


Randall, A., The Time Museum Catalogue of Marine Chronometers, catalogue number 49, pp. 136-137


Movement seems to be able to run although untested, dial good, case in good condition.
"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."

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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a copy of Randall, A., The Time Museum Catalogue of Marine Chronometers. 

Although Campiche is not mentioned on the dial, this piece was created in close collaboration with him. It is almost identical to the Campiche timepiece sold in Sotheby's New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, Part Four, October 13th and 14th, 2004, lot 843. This boxed marine timepiece was not intended for navigational use but rather to drive slave dials around the ship.