Lot No. 298 (95th Auction)
Dominicé & Blondet à Genève, Case No. 29123, 53 mm, 113 g, circa 1815

A gentleman’s extremely rare pocket watch with an early oscillating weight winding movement and virgule escapement, from the property of a German royal house
Case: 18k rose gold. Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, three-arm brass balance.

Dominice & Blondet were watch manufacturers in Geneva in the early 19th century.

Swiss watchmaker and inventor Abraham-Louis Perrelet (1729-1826) is regarded as the inventor of self-winding pocket watches. However, Hubert Sarton of Paris is also known for having invented an automatic winding system with a rotor mechanism for pocket watches - historians are still undecided here. Similar watches are illustrated and described in "The Self-Winding Watch - 18th-21st Century" by Jean-Claude Sabrier, Paris 2011.
Estimate  12,000 - 15,000 €
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