240. Le Phare quarter repeater No 22455, Swiss ~1890

FEATURES:

  • Repeater function striking hours and quarter-hours with two hammers on two gongs;
  • Spectacular complicated movement view through caseback crystal.

Historical & antiquarian notes

LE PHARE (“Lighthouse” – fr.) was the first Swiss company made repeating movements with intenchangeable parts. Company developed mass-production repeating movements and distributed to many casing companies in Switzerland. Le Phare repeater system was the most robust and reliable. Repeating movements were quarter and minute types, also differed by finishing grades (15-20 jewels).

This movement originally was produced in 1890s as gold gentlemans pocket watch. Movement class is higher grade (20 jewels). Advanced low-noise governor, hammers top jewels, compensated balance with Breguet overcoil under unusual double-feet balance brigde.

Technical data

MOVEMENT

type: swiss lever, 20 jewels, nickel plated bridges with “Cote de Geneve” finish
balance type: bimetallic cut balance with screw weights, Breguet hairspring
numbers: 22455 serial number under dial
signature: Brevete (patent) number 334, English patent date 4-Apr-1889, US date 29-Jul-1890
age & origin: made in Switzerland circa 1890’s, all original
condition: good (8/10) some scratches, mechanical status is PERFECT
restorations: NONE

DIAL

type: classic hot enamel
signature: Unsigned
age & origin: original to the movement
condition: very good, small hairline neat digit 7
hands: blued steel hands
restorations: NONE

CASE

type, size: custom made new wristwatch case, “antique” style, display back, diameter w/o crown 48 mm
metal, crystal: solid stainless steel 316L, front & back mineral crystals
age & origin: new custom made one piece
condition: NEW UNWORN

STRAP

size, material, type: 22 mm, natural leather, aged vintage military style, hand-made
condition: NEW UNWORN

RUNNING REPORT

testing time: 20+ days, winding every day at 12am
running duration: more than 32 hours
day error (static/dynamic): less than 30/40 seconds/day
conclusion: guaranted to keep resonably good time for 6 months

Final notes

Push top button on 12 position to activate repeating function. Movement will strike hours number with lower tone and then strike full quarters number with double tone. The sound is fine, we spent many hours to adjust it perfectly.

Move hands only forward. Do not move hands when repeater active.

Video

PRICE (£): 2400
Status: Sold

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