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    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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    May, 2010
    4th-5th Tuesday-Wednesday
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