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1068: Gents Déchoudens Verge Fusee, Early Hunter 18K Gold, ca. 1780

Gross weight 38g
Case: 4843, gold 18K (hallmark not readable, but checked - moreover no lower grade gold available that time), guilloche pattern, no crystal, swing-out movement, D=39.5mm
Dial: enamel
Movement:Déchoudens a Geneve, calibre Déchoudens 13.5''', 1 jewel, key wind, fusee/chain, Swiss lever escapement, ring balance, flat hairspring, silver regulatur scale
Condition: C1, D0, M2, service necessary, runs substantially too fast
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Hunter case
It became common for better watches from about 1850, of course then with crystal. Early hunter watches with a cover instead of the crystal were only modern around 1780 in France and West Switzerland. Until that time wach sizes continuously decreased due to enhancements of production technology. From 1775 on, the typical diameter suddenly increased within few years from 30-40mm to 50-60mm. Of course manufacturers tried to continue using the small movements still on stock, and this type of watch might have been a chance to create a watch which was still small, but didn't look old fashioned due to the new design. After a short time, this type of watch vanished again. But in French and German speeking countries a hunter is still called Savonette, because these early hunters looked like a small piece of soap (=savonette).

Too expensive?
Maybe. Surely many watches are available cheaper. The question is, are watch types among them which were produced only few years, and which have passed more than 200 years without substantial damages. Remember that many wars took place, and during each the gold cases of many watches were melted.

Sold in Auction

Date 4-20-05

High bid EUR 600.00 (~CHF 671.36)

Reserve EUR 600.00 (~CHF 671.36)

Not for Sale!
The watch presented here is not for sale. It was offered or sold as mentioned above a longer time ago. This archive is just a market overview and price guide, e.g. for evaluation of comparable watches. Moreover, images and descriptions can help for dating and checking the authenticity of watches.

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