Estimate 22,000 - 30,000 €
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18k gold, case maker's punch mark "B.&Co.", glazed movement.
enamel, blued spade hands.
bridge movement, very finely ground, bevelled double hand tong with separate ratchet wheel for split seconds chronograph, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, gold screw compensation balance, counterpoised lever.
very good, capable of running
This noble timepiece is very impressive: it has a diameter of 58 mm and a height of over 22 mm. The condition of the case, the dial and the movement is excellent and the quality of the perfectly ground and bevelled steel levers is outstanding. The two barrels are wound through a racking bar. For the minute repeater the two hammers strike on two different gongs
The Swiss family Badollet produced several generations of fine watchmakers from the 17th to the 20th century. One branch of the family worked in Paris from 1712 until 1872; there were also offices in England and a maker called Paul Badollet worked in New York around 1798. Jean Jaques Badollet (1756-1829) founded the company J. J. Badollet in 1779 in Geneva. Jean Moise Badollet (1811-1854) was sole proprietor from 1828 until 1854 and traded under the name "J. M. Badollet"; from 1837 the company name was "J. M.Badollet & Cie". It remained like this after the death of Jean Moise - his successor was Jean Marc Badollet. Around 1890 the company name changed back to the original "J. J. Badollet"; this was the time when the "Charmilles" pocket watch was produced after the patents of Potter. However, the venture was unsuccessful and the company was dissolved a year later in 1896. A year after that, Colomb & Balmer took over the premises in Geneva, keeping the trademarks of J. J. Badollet. It seems that around this time the Badollet family was once again involved; Gustave Badollet (1855-1924) was the last member of the family to be in charge of the company. In 1923 its name was "Geneva Watch Co., Successor to J. J. Badollet, micrometers" and this company was still trading two years later.