George P. Reed. A highly innovative 14K gold open face chronometerNo. 5, signed "Improved Chronometer Pat'd Aug. 1, 1865"
Lot 1322
George P. Reed. A highly innovative 14K gold open face chronometer
No. 5, signed "Improved Chronometer Pat'd Aug. 1, 1865"
Sold for US$ 56,250 inc. premium
Lot Details
George P. Reed. A highly innovative 14K gold open face chronometer
No. 5, signed "Improved Chronometer Pat'd Aug. 1, 1865"
15-jewel 18-size damascened gilt unusual bridge pattern movement, key wind and set, Reed's 1857 patent barrel, stop work and maintaining power, Reed's detent lever escapement, bimetallic balance, blued overcoiled spring, patent polished steel regulator with index on the train bridge, gold cuvette, white enamel dial signed "Reed's Chronometer / Pat. Aug. 1st 1865 / A. D. AHFE", roman chapters, subsidiary seconds, blued hands, engine turned B. & Co. case
53.5mm, 134.6 grams

Footnotes

  • Reed was granted two patents on August 1, 1865. No. 49154 covered the regulator used in this watch. No. 49155 covered the escapement. The "AHFE" on the dial is an alphanumeric for "1865."

    The watch and its escapement, which is based on a design by the 18th century French watchmaker Robert Robin is discussed in Nijssen, G. A. (2005). George P. Reed & Hiram W. Smith: Two of Greater Boston's Individual Watchmakers. NAWCC Bulletin, 3-24.
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