Lot 350
  • 350


20,000 - 30,000 CHF
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  • yellow gold
  • diameter 57 mm
• gilt movement, isolated cylinder escapement, three-arm balance, bi-metallic compensation curb, large steel hammer • signed and numbered gilt cuvette with locking slide • white enamel dial, Breguet numerals, star minute divisions, blued steel moon hands • polished case made by Jolly, locking slide for the pusher at the bottom of the stem • hallmarks for Paris 1789, dial and cuvette signed Breguet


The present watch was exhibited at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2004 and illustrated in the catalogue exhibition, Breguet in the Hermitage, Slavia, p. 65.


The movement is running at the time of cataloguing, however the repeating mechanism is not operating the hammer. Dial in good condition. The case with some scuffs but overall 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

This is the 5th in the first series of 20 watches made by Abraham Louis Breguet incorporating the jumping hour and ruby cylinder escapement. It was still the property of the Hottinguer family when it was exhibited at the Palais Galliera in October 1923, on the centenary of Abraham Louis Breguet's death as no. 75 in the catalogue. Interestingly enough, this watch was the third to be sold, as the first two were recorded as lost. This makes the present example one of the very first produced examples by Abraham Louis Breguet still in existence.