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S. Smith & Son, London
A FINE AND RARE 18K YELLOW GOLD OPENFACE KARRUSEL POCKET CHRONOMETER 1899 NO 239-3
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 USD
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S. Smith & Son, London
A FINE AND RARE 18K YELLOW GOLD OPENFACE KARRUSEL POCKET CHRONOMETER 1899 NO 239-3
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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S. Smith & Son, London
A FINE AND RARE 18K YELLOW GOLD OPENFACE KARRUSEL POCKET CHRONOMETER 1899 NO 239-3
• gilt three-quarter plate movement with spring detent escapement, diamond endstone, highly jeweled, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, Guillaume balance, free-sprung regulator, gold cuvette • off-white enamel dial possibly by Willis, Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands, subsidiary seconds • polished case • case, cuvette, dial and movement signed, case hallmarked London 1899 and stamped with casemaker's mark SS (S. Smith), with patent thief-proof swivel bow
diameter 56 mm
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Catalogue Note

The karrusel watch is almost exclusively produced with lever escapement. The present watch is possibly one of four chronometer escapements in a series starting with the number 239 made by Smith. A similar watch by this maker with spring detent escapement was offered at Sotheby's London, 25 October 1979, lot 205 and was numbered 239-4.

Bahn Bonniksen of Coventry invented the karrusel watch and patented the device in 1892. Like the tourbillon devised by A. L. Breguet, the karrusel has a revolving escapement. The primary difference between the tourbillon and the karrusel is that the karrusel escapement is driven by the train, independent of the carriage/platform. This allows for a simpler solution for the correction of positional errors.

 

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