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Henri Berthoud Important Gold United States Heroism Presentation Watch, Two Train With Diablotine & Split Seconds Chronograph,...

2010 May Signature Fine Timepieces Auction #5042

 
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Auction Ended On: May 4, 2010
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1518 Slocum Street
Dallas, TX

Description:
Henri Berthoud Important Gold United States Heroism Presentation Watch, Two Train With Diablotine & Split Seconds Chronograph, circa 1880
Case: massive 18k four body case, No. 11484, engine turned covers, reeded rim, front centered by a black champleve enamel shipwreck life saving scene, back centered by a red and black Seal of the United States of America, 58 mm, smooth outer edges, gold inner dust cover, Jurgensen style lips
Dial: white enamel centered by Breguet moon hour and minute hands and split second chronograph hands, subsidiary 1/4 second diablotine, radial thin Roman hour numerals, outer minute track with five minute numerals, outermost second divisions
Movement: nickel two train bridge with twin barrels and tandem wind set up, split seconds with return to zero, 1/4 second jump, 28 jewels with ruby disc and heart shaped cam at center, straight line lever escapement, bi-metallic compensated balance with blue steel Breguet spring, counter poised pallet
Signed: movement and dial signed Henri Berthoud, Locle

Note: The exceptional condition and quality of this rare timepiece is evidence that it was a unique piece created for presentation by the United States Congress in recognition for a heroic act which required split second decision making. For reasons unknown however, it has remained undedicated and was never inscribed to the intended recipient.

Condition Report*:

Type: Henri Berthoud Important Gold United States Heroism Presentation Watch, Two Train With Diablotine & Split Seconds Chronograph
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals
Hands; Breguet moon
Metal: heavy 18k gold
Gram Weight: 171 grams
Case No: 11484
Case Info: massive, engine turned with enamel
Case Width: 58 mm
Crystal: glass
Watch Movement: nickel two train bridge with twin barrels and tandem wind set up, 28 jewels, straight line lever escapement, compensated bi-metallic balance with blue steel Breguet spring, counter poised pallet
Circa: 1880
Condition: exceptional case condition, like new, superb dial, movement is very good

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