Breguet No. 2835 Astronomical Quarter-repeating Watch, sold on March 23, 1815, 18kt gold two-part engine-turned case by Pierre-Benjamin Travernier, no. 3331 with bayonet back, and original Breguet short chain, engine-turned dial with offset silver roman numeral chapter ring, signed "Breguet et Fils," subsidiary seconds, slow/fast regulator indicator, and aperture for phase of the moon above 12, gilt-brass 19-caliber movement with female barrel winding, counterpoised straight line lever escapement with jeweled pallets and long lever, two-arm compensated bimetallic balance with inner adjustment screws inset in the rim, parachute shock absorber, blued-steel flat balance spring with terminal curves, repeating on single gong with hammer, and striking on a steel intermediate block, dia. 49 mm.
Provenance: The estate of David G. Newsom.
Habsburg Fine Art Auctioneers/Antiquorum, The Art of Breguet, Sunday, April 14th, 1991, Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, Lot 34.
Note: With framed Breguet certificate stating it was sold on March 23, 1815, Henry William Paget, "Lord Paget." There is an extensive write-up on Lord Paget and the watch in the Antiquorum catalog which accompanies the lot.
Literature: Illustrated and described in George Daniels The Art of Breguet, p. 230, figs. 251 a-c. Also discussed in A. Lange & Sohne/The Watchmakers of Dresden, Reinhard Meis, pp. 100-101.
Winding and ticking. Jump hour functioning. Lacking key to set hands. Original winding key has the Breguet teeth stripped. Repeat rack functioning but hammers not engaging. Dial in clean condition with surface scuffs in center.
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