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quarter-repeating watch

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  • Description

    MOVEMENT AND DIAL OF A VERGE WATCH WITH QUARTER REPEAT [DIAL-PLATE AND DIAL NOT ORIGINAL]. . Full-plate with four pillars. Barrel with tangent-screw set-up between the plates. Fusee with chain. All-in-one steel stop-work spring and stop-iron screwed to the inside of the back-plate. Four wheel train. Verge escapement with steel 3-arm balance. Spiral balance spring with geared regulator, the silver index disc engraved 1-7. Gilt-brass balance-bridge pierced with initials and foliate scrolls. The movement is now mounted in a large diameter gilt-brass dial plate. Pendant-operated quarter repeat mechanism, the steel gongs not original. Later white enamel dial with hour 1-12 within a minute track. Winds through dial. Case missing.


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  • Date

    • 1760-1770
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 48.5 millimetres (dial)
    • Thickness: 19.1 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

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      • Inscription Content

        Julien Le Roy A PARIS 3604
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      • Inscription Position

        balance bridge
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        Pierced in balance bridge decoration
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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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