In his book ‘The Art of Breguet’ (1975), Dr George Daniels notes that this type of Garde Temps pocket chronometer was produced to meet the demand for an “economically priced precision watch” (see op. cit. p.74). Owing much to the design of English deck watches, the movement has a fusee and Earnshaw-type spring detent escapement and balance with sliding weights. The decoration and layout concentrates on a utilitarian design that focuses first and foremost on the watch’s function as a highly accurate, portable timekeeper that could be easily transported from one place to another and was ideal for use on board a ship.
For a similar example see: Sotheby's Geneva 10th November 2015, lot 151 and Antiquorum Geneva, The Art of Breguet, 14 April 1991, lot 59
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