Lot 349
  • 349


20,000 - 30,000 CHF
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  • diameter 51 mm
• gilt movement, ruby cylinder escapement, plain three-arm balance, parachute suspension, bi-metallic compensation curb, central barrel • white enamel dial, Breguet numerals, single blued steel hand, secret signature and numbered below 12 • engine-turned case with engraved monogram to the centre with translucent blue enamel border, engine-turned border • dial and movement signed


The movement is running at the time of cataloguing however it may benefit from a service. There are two very small chips to the edge of the dial but otherwise in good condition. The engine-turning to the case is worn to the edge. Scuffs to the monogram. Engraved to the centre 'TIW'. Case stamped B 1836 1239.
"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."

Catalogue Note

Abraham Louis Breguet devised the Souscription watch series to aid the recovery of his business after the French Revolution. The watches were production pieces for which the client would pay a quarter of the 600 Livres upon ordering the watch. This covered the cost of the materials and then, on delivery, the client was required to pay the balance. The first of these was started in 1794 and delivered in 1796. For a description of the development of the Souscription, see: George Daniels, The Art of Breguet, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1975.