Lot No. 197 (91st Auction)
Simon Vissière, Argenteuil, (Seine et Oise), Movement No. 124, 160 x 170 157 mm, circa 1850

A rare, very fine ship's chronometer with 49h power reserve
Case: mahogany box, brass inlays, hinged handles at side, with lid and glass, case key, brass gimbals and bowl, three-body, Dial: enamel, signed, numbered, radial Roman hours at "9", central Arabic minutes, auxiliary seconds at "3", blued Breguet hands, Movm.: brass movement, gilt, signed, numbered, conical pillars, chain/fusee, spring detent escapement, heavy chronometer balance with 4 weights and 2 screws, helical balance spring, adjustable balance spring fitting device with 4 screws, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

Simon Vissière was born on February 16, 1822 in Paris; he was a son of the jeweller Jean-Baptiste-Vital Vissière and his wife Adelaïde Burnod. Simon’s brother Bernard became a jeweller and bijoutier like his father.
Simon Vissière was a pupil of Joseph Thaddäus Winnerl and Charles Auguste Berthoud. Around 1849 he still worked in Argenteuil and won a silver medal at the Industrial Exhibition in Paris. On January 24, 1863 he was made an Officer of the Legion of Honour and in 1867 Vissière opened his workshop at Rue des Drapiers 31; he even set up a small observatory on the premises. There is also a known address at Rue de Paris 15 in Le Havre - Vissière probably lived there before moving to the Rue des Drapiers.
Vissière was one of the first chronometer makers to experiment with non-magnetic metals for hairsprings and balances and received a patent for a chronometer escapement in 1867. His marine chronometers are of outstanding quality and at the World Exhibition of 1867 in Paris Vissière won a gold medal for his chronometer; other gold medals were awarded to Frédéric-Bruno Scharff, Onésime Dumas, Amédée-Philippe Borrel and Montandon Frères à Paris. Vissière probably also invented a chronometer with a two-day power reserve.
After having finished his apprenticeship with his father, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s oldest son Richard (1845-1932) worked with Vissiére among others; Théodore-Marie Leroy also was an apprentice and employee of Vissière. Simon Vissiere died on January 4, 1887 in Cannet at the age of 64.
Source:,_Simon, as of 03/15/2015
Estimate  12,500 - 15,000 €

Price Realised  12,400 €
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