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Watch: M/P.91-1913

Object information


Breguet, Abraham Louis (Maker)


Swiss lever watch in two-colour gold case set with rubies

MOVEMENT: Full plate movement, not named or numbered. Swiss maker. Balance bridge pierced and engraved, polished steel end piece, light red end stone, two blued screws. Gold balance. Silver regulation dial engraved ' ADVANCE' and 'RETARD', blued steel hand. Plain turned fusee iron post. Polished steel case bolt, truncated conical end, nib under dial. Bridge, above pillar plate, for escapement. Pillar plate with four cylindrical pillars, off-set second wheel recess, third wheel bridge. Polished steel set-up ratchet and click. Plate stamped '31878' (filled centre hole and second near min. pin). Fusee and chain, barrel with one lip, set-up click under dial. Jewelled single roller English lever escapement. Train planted clockwise.

DIAL: Gold, edge turned down to fit over pillar plate. Dial face matted. Engine turned with off-set, 6 o'clock, painted dial, line min. ring thick 5 min. lines, radial Roman chapters, min. ring and chapters on polished rings. Winding hole at 2.45. Back scraped and scratched '31878'.

HANDS: Blued steel, spade ends.

CASE: Gold set with rubies. Body matt with applied two-colour gold design of leaves and flowers and set rubies. Bezel and back set, at edge, with ten rubies. Bezel with off-set glass above 6 o'clock. Inside back stamped '31878' and indistinct maker's mark, scratched 'q/q/r', '374' above '1ly' and 'el, 18'. Plain spherical pendant, stamped '31878', with round bow with two indistinct stamps.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Gray Smart

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Production date: circa AD 1820

Components of the work

Movement composed of iron silver Case composed of rubies Diameter 38.5 mm Height 44 mm Thickness 13 mm
Movement, Case, Dial composed of gold Movement, Hand composed of steel Movement (top Plate) Diameter 30 mm
Movement (pillar Plate) Diameter 32 mm
Movement (pillar) Height 2.75 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 31878
  • Location: Movement
  • Method of creation: Stamped and scratched
  • Type: Number
  • Text: 'q/q/r', '374' above '1ly' and 'el, 18'
  • Location: Case
  • Type: Number

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.91-1913
Primary reference Number: 207258
No.: 31878
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 8 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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