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Henri Grandjean & Cie
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY RARE FOUR GOLD HUNTING-CASED KEYLESS WATCH WITH DUAL TIME ZONE PERPETUAL CALENDAR RETROGRADE DATE QUARTER REPEATING AND CHRONOGRAPH MADE FOR THE INDIAN MARKET NO 29708 CIRC 1880
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Henri Grandjean & Cie
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY RARE FOUR GOLD HUNTING-CASED KEYLESS WATCH WITH DUAL TIME ZONE PERPETUAL CALENDAR RETROGRADE DATE QUARTER REPEATING AND CHRONOGRAPH MADE FOR THE INDIAN MARKET NO 29708 CIRC 1880
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Henri Grandjean & Cie
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY RARE FOUR GOLD HUNTING-CASED KEYLESS WATCH WITH DUAL TIME ZONE PERPETUAL CALENDAR RETROGRADE DATE QUARTER REPEATING AND CHRONOGRAPH MADE FOR THE INDIAN MARKET NO 29708 CIRC 1880
• cal. 20''', 37 jewels, nickel silver manual winding lever movement, cut bi-metallic compensation balance with gold screws and counterpoised lever, pink gold wheels for the geartrain, wolf teeth winding wheels, ratchet wheel •18k yellow gold engraved and guilloché cuvette • white enamel dial outer track for the second time zone with Breguet numerals and chronograph 1/5 second, central track with Roman numerals and chemin de fer for the minute indication, fan-form aperture for the moon-phases graduated, three subsidiary dials for month, one for the the day of the week and one for the constant seconds, retrograde indication for the day of the month • 18k gold, à quatre couleurs, lavishly chased and engraved overall with elaborate foliage, the covers with four colour high relief decoration of iris flowers cartouche, numbered, case maker's punch mark LG
diameter 62 mm weight 273 gr
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Henri Grandjean was born in Le Locle on December 14, 1803. From 1824 until 1830 he was assigned the task of organizing the South American branches of his father’s company; in 1830 his brother Henri Gustave emigrated to Peru and was from then on in charge of these businesses. Henri Grandjean trained as a watchmaker in his home town. Around 1830 his factory "Henri Grandjean & Cie." began to build ship’s chronometers that were modelled on the English chronometers. His business partner was Edouard Thévenaz; together with Louis Jean Richard and Ulysse Nardin. Grandjean was the originator of the Swiss marine chronometer production. In 1875 Henri Grandjean won the first price at the Neuchâtel Chronometer Contest for a marine chronometer. Henri Grandjean died in 1879. In 1899 Rossel & Fils, Le Locle, registered their name as successors to Henri Grandjean & Cie.

• Jaquet, Eugène, and Chapuis, G.A Berner, S. Guye, Technique and history ot the Swiss watch , Spring Books, Hamlyn Publishing, New York 1970 • Journal Suisse d'horlogerie, V.3, No 5, Nov. 1878 "Exposition Universelle de 1878" page 192

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