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711 Friedrich Gutkaes, Dresden, Movement No. 59, Case No. 34108, 61 mm, 177 g, circa 1820  An important and early German pocket chronometer with pivoted detent escapement Case: silver, tiered, engine-turned, florally engraved cartouche, case maker’s punch mark “EAH”, engraved dome: “Deutsche Chronometer Hemmung” (“German Chronometer Escapement”), gold hinged and shackles. Dial: regulator dial, enamel, hour chapter ring with Arabic numerals at “12”, auxiliary seconds, outer minute chapter ring with Arabic numerals, signed, blued steel hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, signed, chain/fusee, top lock, bimetallic chronometer balance with 2 weights and 10 gold screws, freesprung blued balance spring, fine florally engraved balance cock, gold escape wheel. This watch is described and illustrated in “100 Jahre Uhrenindustrie in Glashütte von 1845 bis 1945” by Reinhard Meis, Munich 2011, page 74/75. Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes (1785-1845) Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes was born in Dresden on June 16, 1785. The choice of his godparents reflects the close connection of the Gutkaes family with the Dresden Court - his grandfather Johann Christian Gutkaese (1682-1757) had been chef to the court of Augustus II the Strong and Friedrich’s father Johann Christian (1753-1835) was a clerk to Frederick Augustus III. According to Karl J. Langer there is little reliable information on Gutkaes’s training as a watchmaker; the fact that the records of the watchmakers‘ guild in Dresden show no entry for him indicates that he was not apprenticed in Dresden. Inspired by his future employer Johann Friedrich Schumann (ca. 1759- 1817) and his contact with the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Gutkaes developed a strong interest in astronomy and mathematics. On September 21, 1815 Gutkaes married Schuhmann’s daughter Friederica