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Lot No. 329 (92nd Auction)
J. R. Losada, London, Case No. 124, 52 mm, 111 g, circa 1860

A fine pocket chronometer with pivoted detent escapement
Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, reeded band, gold dome with engraving, case maker's punch mark "JT". Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued "Fleur de Lys" hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, signed, screwed chatons, chain/fusee, screw compensation balance, freesprung blued helical balance spring.

José Rodríguez Losada (1797-1870)
Losada was born in Iruela in the province of Leon, Spain; in his youth he spend some time at the court of Madrid. He left Spain for political reasons and travelled to England to start a workshop near Euston Road in London. Losada produced a number of high quality chronometers and watches he sold at home as well as to Spain and South America. In 1835 Losada opened up a grand showroom at 105 Regent Street. Losada never cut his ties with his native Spain and when he won a prize in 1864, he supplied 36 chronometers to the Spanish government through the Royal Observatory at Cadiz. The "Horological Journal" of 1878 reported that these were "very fine clocks and almost every conceivable variety of complicated watches and repeater, perpetual calendars and chronographs, and some exceptionally good chronometers, fine watches, astronomical and carriage clocks". Losada died in 1870 but his business continued to operate at Regent Street until about 1890.
Estimate  1,700 - 2,500 €

Price Realised  2,100 €
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