4.1464 Chronometer Ulysse Nardin No. 3353, Steel 48mm, 1880’s

Incredible 1880’s Ulysse Nardin original movement and dial housed in a new, custom-made case. The original dial is enamel, perfectly preserved without restorations, and bears an early type ‘Ulysse Nardin’ signature, as well as the finest numerals and Breguet hands. The case is made of stainless steel, 48mm. The watch has been made as part of The Subscription Watch Project. A 6-month warranty for accuracy is provided, and the watch comes with a dark reddish brown, snakeskin style 22mm genuine leather strap.

Key Features

This watch has been made with an original Ulysse Nardin pocket watch movement. The precious metal of the original case went to jewellery scrap many years ago, but the high-quality movement has been preserved in excellent condition. The movement and dial are original, as is the early ‘Ulysse Nardin’ signature. The finest numerals and hands have been crafted for this watch, and the enamel is perfectly preserved without restorations. The large case has been designed in a modern, up-to-date format, and fits comfortably on the wrist. The watch looks fresh, and the antique movement can be admired through the glass caseback.

The movement is an early type of a special advanced class (chronometer), a caliber based on a Jules Jurgensen billet with fine finishing of the bridges and the anchor escapement. The bridges have been merged, and gold overlays for stones have been added, with a total of 20 jewels in the movement.

Of particular note is the unusual anchor escapement with adjustable gold pins instead of an impulse jewel, the escapement is called a ‘Savage 2-pin lever escapement’. The ‘Savage’ escapement is sometimes found in ordinary and inexpensive English pocket watches, but it has practically never been used in Swiss watches. High-precision gold pins are more expensive than a thin ruby cut jewel made of scraps, but the big advantage of the escapement is the ability to slide and move these pins, adjusting the mathematical width of the impulse plane and fine tuning the escapement to the optimal angles. For all the time, the descent “Savage” has never come across in Swiss cars, and even more so in such a chic quality, most likely an experimental car for the English market.

The combination of the fine noble lines of the dial, the rare type, and the excellent preservation of the movement from the most famous Swiss brand, makes this watch a desirable piece for any worthy collection. The watch has been made as part of The Subscription Watch Project, and a 6-month warranty for accuracy is provided. This timepiece is very eye-catching on the wrist, thanks to an unusual open light face, the enamel dial, and the dark purple shade of the hands.

About Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin was founded in 1846 in the Swiss province of Le Locle, by the talented watchmaker Ulysses Nardin. Soon after the company started production, they began to concentrate on the creation of high-precision timekeeping devices, in particular marine chronometers, as well as complex watches containing minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, and chronographs. Keeping the jewellery and decorative component to a minimum, U. Nardin found that the formula for success in the art of precision mechanics was functionality, accuracy, and reliability.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop. There is a 6-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines.

Overview

Body: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (10/10 like new)

Watch face: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (9/10 like new)

Mechanism: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (9/10 near perfect)

Accuracy: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (9/10 near perfect)

Case and Strap

  • New, custom-made ‘classic’ style rounded case with double glazing.
  • Stainless steel.
  • Front convex mineral crystal.
  • Flip-down glass caseback.
  • Antique ‘onion’ shaped large crown with small side button just below for setting the hands.

Dimensions:

  • Width w/o crown 48 mm.
  • Width w/crown 53 mm.
  • Height 56 mm.
  • Strap width 22 mm.

Dial and Hands

  • Original, white enamel dial.
  • Thin, black Roman numerals.
  • Early type “Ulysse Nardin” signature in sweeping italics.
  • Small seconds display at numeral 6 position.
  • Ultra-thin, dark purple tone ‘Breguet’ style steel hands.
  • Small dark purple seconds hand with tail.

Movement

  • Swiss-made movement.
  • High-class Jurgensen caliber.
  • 20 jewels.
  • Manual.
  • ‘Savage 2-pin’ escapement with rose gold pins.
  • Wolf’s teeth gears.
  • Rose gold escutcheons and central bezel.
  • Bimetallic balance with thermocompensation and adjustment screws.
  • Isochronous spiral with Breguet hairspring.
  • Ultra-thin bevelled anchor fork, with very high quality finishing.
  • Nickel silver plates and bridges with Geneva wave finishing.
  • Blued screws.

Testing Results

  • Average timekeeping within 30 sec/day.

Servicing and Guarantee

  • Fully serviced with disassembly in our Bristol shop.
  • Mechanics in full working order.
  • New high-quality strap made of double-sided genuine leather with hypoallergenic lining.
  • 6-month warranty.
  • Guarantee Terms and Conditions. 

Links and Resources:

Catalogue of Unique Ulysse Nardin Calibers. 

About The Subscription Watch Project. 

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Case material

Stainless steel

Dial tone

Beige/White/Silver

Origin

Swiss

Size grade

46-49 mm

Year approx

1880