Lot No. 658 (91st Auction)
J. M. Badolett & Co., Geneva, Case No. 84904, 53 mm, 117 g, circa 1895

A gentleman's distinguished Geneva pocket watch with one-minute tourbillon "Pellaton" type
Case: 18k pink gold, reeded, translucent red and green enamel monogram "AN" on reverse side, à goutte, glazed movement. Dial: enamel, radial Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, signed, blued spade hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, finely executed mirror-polished steel tourbillon cage according to Pellaton with steel regulation index, filigree mirror-polished tourbillon bridge, gold screw compensation balance, blued Breguet balance spring.

This watch is described and illustrated in Reinhard Meis "Das Tourbillon", published by Laterna magica, 1986, page 185.

J. M. Badollet & Co.
The Swiss family Badollet produced several generations of fine watchmakers from the 17th to the 20th century. One branch of the family worked in Paris from 1712 until 1872; there were also offices in England and a maker called Paul Badollet worked in New York around 1798.
Jean Jaques Badollet (1756-1829) founded the company J.J. Badollet in 1779 in Geneva. Jean Moise Badollet (1811-1854) was sole proprietor from 1828 until 1854 and traded under the name "J.M. Badollet"; from 1837 the company name was "J.M.Badollet & Cie". It remained like this after the death of Jean Moise - his successor was Jean Marc Badollet. Around 1890 the company name changed back to the original "J. J. Badollet"; this was the time when the "Charmilles" pocket watch was produced after the patents of Potter. However, the venture was unsuccessful and the company was dissolved a year later in 1896. A year after that, Colomb & Balmer took over the premises in Geneva, keeping the trademarks of J.J. Badollet. It seems that around this time the Badollet family was once again involved; Gustave Badollet (1855-1924) was the last member of the family to be in charge of the company. In 1923 its name was "Geneva Watch Co., Successor to J.J. Badollet, micrometers" and this company was still trading two years later.
Estimate  45,000 - 55,000 €

Price Realised  49,600 €
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