Lot 75
  • 75


25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • Breguet
  • Silver
  • dimensions 15.5 x 20 cm (including base)
• manual winding 8-day jewelled lever movement • eccentric silvered dial with guilloche centerfield recessed within a guilloche ground, Roman numerals, outer minute track, apertures for day, date and month, blued steel Brgeuet hands • plain square silver case, hinged back revealing hand-setting, calendar-setting and winding, stylised shoulders attached to a wooden base • case and dial numbered


Movement running at the time of cataloguing. The dial with some marks to the guilloche but no visible indentations or damage and it remains crisp and well defined. The hands in good condition. The case with scuffs and scratches. Some indentations to the bands and edges, also to the hinged back where it has been opened. Discolouration throughout. The setting lever for the date working itself loose over time. The wooden base in good condition, some small denting and scratching. The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
"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."

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Breguet extract from the Archives. This timepiece is an extraordinary example of perpetual calendar Art Deco clock made by Breguet. The aesthetic codes of the period are clearly present with the stylized stepped shoulders supporting the strict squared case and resting on the precious exotic wooden base. The classic Breguet style of the dial is surprisingly well complemented by the case for a harmonious result.
Only a handful examples are known to the market and the present lot is a rare opportunity to acquire one. 

The desk timepiece was produced in 1931 under No. 1878 and sold on December 31st 1932 to Mr. Lantz for 15,000 FFR
The piece was returned to Breguet, restored and re-numbered 4536 in 1942. It was then sold on January 30th 1943 to Mr. Ducos.