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Lot No. 435
Lot No. 435
Estimate  2,200 - 3,000 €
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Czapek & Cie. à Genève

, Case No. 14825, 44 mm, 50 g, circa 1845

A small decorative hunting case pocket watch with the portrait of Napoleon - with early lever escapement, temperature compensation and original key

Case: 18k gold, lavishly engine-turned and florally engraved. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, three-arm steel balance.

In 1839, long before the company Patek Philippe existed, François (originally Franciszek) Czapek , a native of Poland, founded the watch manufactory Patek, Czapek & Cie in Geneva together with Antoine de Patek. The cooperation ended some years later due to irreconcilable differences and from 1845 on Czapek produced high-quality timepieces for his aristocratic clientele under the name Czapek & Cie. In 1869 the company ceased trading for unknown reasons. François Czapek wrote the first book on watchmaking in the Polish language.
Case: very good, slightly worn
Dial: very good, hairlines
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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