Lot 2
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Charles Fasoldt, Albany, New York

30,000 - 40,000 USD
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  • diameter 85 mm (3 3/8 in)
• gilt-brass movement with Fasoldt patented double wheel chronometer escapement, Fasoldt's patented micrometer regulator and overcoil hairspring, movement stamped with patent dates for February 1, 1859; April 5, 1864; and March 7, 1865 and signed C. Fasoldt, Albany, N.Y. • silvered dial engraved with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, contained within a gilt-metal drum-form hinged case, glazed back revealing the movement


A very rare, and probably unique example. It is quite possibly Charles Fasoldt's vision of a marine timepiece. The most fabulous aspect of this piece is that given the size of the movement, one can easily see the details of Fasoldt's very special escapement. It is a fascinating example for any lover of American horology. The movement is running and there is pitting to the bridges and plates. The case appears to be original, as does the dial. It is interesting to compare the engraving of the dial on the present example to that on the dial on lot 1. W/KEY
"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

Charles Fasoldt called his patented escapement a chronometer, but in fact it was merely a lever escapement with two escape wheels, the smaller one giving impulse in one direction and the larger one in the other direction.

For another unusual Fasoldt in this sale, see the previous lot.

In all, it is thought that Fasoldt made only 600 timepieces.