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Watch: M/P.78-1913

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Dufour, Philippe




Verge watch in enamelled gold case, set with pearls and diamonds.

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement engraved 'Pre Dufour A GENEVE 356' and painted on dial 'Pre. Dufour' under 12 o'clock and A GENEVE' above 6 o'clock. Balance bridge pierced and engraved, polished steel coquette. Brass balance. Silver regualtion dial engraved 'AVANCE' and 'RETARD' with central garland, plain brass hand. Turned fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt in slot in plate, nib under dial. Adjustable potance. Counter-potance screwed to plate, polished steel end piece with adjusting screw. Pillar plate with four plain turned pillars, edge scalloped, centre wheel recessed. Third wheel bridge. Plate stamped '356' and scratched '320' under dial. Fusee and chain with set-up click under dial, barrel with one lip. Verge escapement. Train planted anti-clockwise.

DIAL: White enamel on copper with gilt edge, three feet. Dotted minute ring, large 5 minute dots and radial Arabic quarter numbers, '30' vertical. Radial Arabic chapters. Inscribed as above. Winding hole at 2 o'clock. Back inscribed '320' in counter enamel.

HANDS: Pierced silver Louis XVI style, hour hand with central start, both hands set with diamonds and pearls.

CASE: Gold consular with enamel and set with jewels. Gold leaf pattern at edge of bezel and body. Body with red gold, v section, outer edge having chased v pattern, rim set with alternative diamonds and pearls around glass. Body with rim of foilage pattern enamel and set with diamonds and pearls, like bezel, inner ring of gold pattern enamelled with white and green enamel. Centre with applied gold foliage over green enamel set with diamonds and pearls. Bezel face of body scratched '31 = 5x/-/-.' Cylindrical pendant with cheese shaped top stamped '354' at back and 'P & R' on front. Stirrup bow.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Gray Smart

Place(s) associated

  • Geneva ⪼ Switzerland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1913-06-05) by Smart, Frank Gray


19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1800

Components of the work

Dial composed of gilt copper
Case, Hands composed of diamond pearls
Dial, Case composed of enamel
Movement, Hands composed of silver
Movement composed of steel brass (alloy)
Movement (top Plate) Diameter 39.25 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 42.75 mm
Case Diameter 50.5 mm Height 64 mm Thickness 21.25 mm
Movement (pillar Height) Height 3.75 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'Pre Dufour A GENEVE 356'
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's name
  • Text: '356' and '320'
  • Location: Movement, plate and dial
  • Method of creation: Stamped and scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: '31 = 5x/-/-.'
  • Location: Case
  • Method of creation: Scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: '354' 'P & R'
  • Location: Case, pendant
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.78-1913
Primary reference Number: 207245
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 3 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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