IMPORTANT 19TH CENTURY T JACOT CHINESE DUPLEX SILVER POCKET WATCH. The original white enamel dial with black roman numbers and centre seconds with matching fine blue steel hands is in great conditio other than a repair to enamel at 10. The gilt chinese duplex movement is working very well although not serviced us and may need a service to keep perfect time but running strong, tested over 24 hours and lost 6 mins, fully signed T Jacot Fleurier Suisse. The solid silver with gold wash inside 56mm hinged back case is in good original condition. A rare and quality timepiece from an important maker who has sold at auctions for ten of thousands of dollars, secure this for future generations.
In China, for many centuries timepieces have been favourite gifts, sometimes used as attributes of power or emblems of gratitude and friendship. By 1800, a pattern of Oriental market watches emerged with duplex or cylinder escapements, clearly visible centre seconds hand, the movement engraved throughout with flowers and geometric ornament (le calibre chinois). Examples for their work can be seen in many of the world's foremost collections, including the Palace Museum, Beijing, the Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Musée international d'horlgerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds.
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