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Here we offer a very fine 18ct GOLD & ENAMEL Pocket Watch, by ‘Fritz Piguet, Geneve, Rue Bonivard, 10’, bears SN 1041, is signed ‘Demi-Chronometre’ and dates to 1872c. The Movement is running very well and keeping time; the Case is in close to MINT Condition, which makes this a very desirable collectors piece.

It has a 10 Jewelled Lever Movement with Breguet hairspring, which is in excellent running condition and keeping almost perfect time (+ 1/2 Min in 24 hours with lots of adjustment on the regulator to fine tune). It has a Swiss Straight Line Lever with intermediate ring and Moustache Tail and is Key Wound and Key Set on the back. It is profusely signed on the cuvette, as shown in the pics.

It is housed in an 36mm (52mm incl. pendant ring) – exquisite 18K GOLD & Enamel Case, which is Stamped and bears sn 1041, the same as the movement. Note – (25.4mm =1 inch) .

The 32mm Enamel Dial is in Good Condition and has Black Roman numerals and Blued Steel Hands. It has a Glass Crystal and exhibits some hairlines and a chip around the 5 position – (Ref : 437 D)

Notes on Fritz Piguet extracted from threads on the NAWCC Forums by Dr Jon –

I am out on a limb here, but I also accept “Demi and semi chronometers as chronometer watches, if made by good firms. Vacheron and Henri Capt are examples. I believe these in fact passed second or third class rating tests. I have not found any published article supporting this view but I have found lots of records of second and third class trials. Surprisingly the pass rates in the lower classes were about the same as for first class watches. I suspect that the term demi or semi was preferred for marketing over second or third class.

According to an Antiquorom catalog:

“The [Fritz Piguet] company specialized in superbly adjusted watches and supplied ebauches to most of the major watchmakers during the middle of the 19th Century, including Patek Philippe. They worked at Rue Bonnivard 10, Geneva. They were associated with the firm of Bachman as Fritz Piguet & Bachman and employed an excellent adjuster, the famous Favre-Rochat who competed with Batifolier. Both were expert adjusters specializing in complicated watches. Piguet & Bachman rivaled Haas Neveux in Geneva Timing Competitions for the first place in complicated watches. Piguet & Bachman won the first prize in the 1888 Geneva Observatory Timing Contest with 228.8 points. They also won a silver medal in the 1878 Paris Universal Exhibition and a gold medal in Melbourne in 1881. They were the top contenders among those specializing in complicated watches.”

According to Pritchard:

“This firm [Fritz Piguet] was one of the group of Swiss Collective which won First Priz at the Melbourne Exhibition in 1881. [Fritz Piguet & Bachman” won a Silver Medal for horology at the Paris Universal Exposition in 1878. It was one of the Swiss Collective which won First Prize at the Melbourne Exhibition in 1881.”

This watch is being sold in the condition as described and as illustrated in the pics, comes to you directly from a Long Time Local Collector and has not been on the market in more than 30 years.

This is one of the Highest Quality (at the time) Solid Gold & ENAMEL Pocket Watches from an eminent Swiss Maker, to add to your collection.

The S&H is €15.00 for Registered (and signed for) Priority Airmail to the UK. S & H to other Worldwide destinations will cost €85 approx., by Fedex Courier Services .



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