Lot No. 280 (94th Auction)
O. Dumas à St. Nicolas, Près Dieppe, Services Maritimes des Messageries Impériales, Movement No. 705, 170 x 185 x 170 mm, circa 1860

A rare ship's chronometer with 49h power reserve indicator
Case: mahogany. Dial: silvered. Movm.: brass movement, spring detent escapement according to Thomas Earnshaw, bimetallic chronometer balance with 2 weights and 4 screws.

Onésime Dumas (1824-1889) was the nephew of Henri Motel and apprenticed with him. He was also a student with Perrelet and C.A. Berthoud. Dumas took over Victor Gannery's shop in 1851.

Messageries Maritimes (MM)
The Compagnie des Services Maritimes de Messageries National, a state-controlled shipping company, was founded by the French Government in 1835 in order to maintain a liner service between Marseille and the Levant ports in the eastern Mediterranean. With the restoration of the monarchy in France in 1853, the shipping company changed its name to Cie. des Services Messageries Imperiales. During the next five years, the company expanded dramatically and in 1857 had a fleet consisting of 57 passenger and cargo ships. After the end of the Franco-German War in 1871 and the final end of the monarchy, the shipping company was renamed again to Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes (MM).
Source:, as of 03/30/2015.
Estimate  5,000 - 6,500 €
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