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Item:323868390563The Holy Grail of watches! ASTRONOMICAL Verge Fusee SELF STRIKING watch c1650 Click images to enlarge Description HERE IT IS!!! The Holy Grail of all watches! I am pleased to offer from my private collection the ultimate antique mid 17th Century ASTRONOMICAL Verge Fusee SELF STRIKING SONNERIE, single handed, Alarm, Regulator ,HUGE monster size(70mm in diameter,50mm thick) pocket clock-watch c1650,made by Aurin Bouchery. The watch is ONE OF A KIND! The watch has been made specially by order for the famous astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini(1625-1712). This is much more than a rare pocket watch-this is a piece of the history! Lets talk about the watch: CASE: The watch has a highly ornamented and pierced solid silver cases. The case is pierced for better sound acoustic.Highly ornamented pendant with loosing ring The watch is really impressive-500g heavy! 70mm in diameter,85mm including the pendant,and 50mm thick!!! MOVEMENT: WOW! This is the most amazing three-trains verge fusee movement I have ever seen! A real masterpiece! The watch has a complicated self striking sonnerie verge fusee fire gild deep full plate movement-all hand made and hand finished-fantastic hand pierced balance cock with floral motives.Special blue steel regulator,worm tension winding gear,hand hammered decorations,special unique hand pierced and highly decorated spring barel. Pierced and engraved resting barrel for the strike, some of the train with five leaf pinions.The watch strikes by itself for every hour on the bell mounted inside the case,vase pillars,plain steel three arms balance,fixed barrel for the striking,pierced and engraved with foliage,five wheel train,silver count wheel mounted on the bottom plate,striking with one hammer to the bell,alarm with fixed barrel and three wheel train,striking on the same bell. DIAL; The most complicated ASTRONOMICAL dial I have ever seen! It is entirely hand engraved. The dial is very complex,made of three sections. The biggest outer section depicting engraved the Zodiac signs,the Roamn numbers for the begining date of the certain zodiac sign,and month name. The inner smaller dial depicting Roman numbers and show the time by the single hour hand(the other hand is the alarm hand),and sencond subdial with arabic numbers for 24h indications,showing day/night time of the day. The third section is a movable square frame window,which manually can be placed to the currnt month and zodiac sign. Lets talk about the alarm. The long hand is the alarm hand. It has a very different cocept for alarm compare with later 18th and 19th Century watches. The later made watches works simple-if you want the alarm in 5 o'clock,then you place the alarm hand to 5 o'clock and thats it. But here it is more complicated. The alarm hand moves together with the hour hand and the alarm starts always on 12 o'clock. So lets say that the watch show 2 o'clock in the moment and you need the alarm for 6 o'clock. This means that you need the alarm to sound after 4 hours. Then knowing that the alarm will start when the alarm hands point 12 o'clock,you put it to point to 8 o'clock(12-4=8). Then the alarm will start after 4 hours,or exact on 6 o'clock. Maybe sounds complicated,but the watch was made for one of the smartest men at that time... Please note that this is the oldest and rarest watch in my collection-it is over 370 years old,but preserved PERFECT WORKING ORDER!!! All the function works. It comes with the original key. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT: This is not a toy,nor a daliy time keeper. This watch should be displayed in museum or in the special locked window case. Do not play with it,do not use it daly. If broken(God forbid) there are less than 5 watch masters in the world able to fix it for a smal fortune... My point:handle with extreme care. This is 370 years old time piece from the Golden Age of watch making,which has been given from generation to generation. A watch similar to this(but with less functions) was sold for $275000 in Bonhams last year. The watch comes with an authenticity and APPRAISAL CERTIFICATE FOR $150,000.00! Now is your only chance to buy this amazing piece! NOTE:PLEASE OBSERVE CAREFULLY THE PHOTOS! IT IS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE DESCRIPTION. Every potencial defect which is shown in the photos,but not mention in the description,will be considered for described.All the photos shoot by professional Nikon 105 Macro lens under 40x diopter magnification,so you can explore even the smallest detail like under microscope! Free shipping to worldwide by DHL overnight courier. Pictures sell! Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing.250+ Listing Templates! Auctiva gets you noticed! The complete eBay Selling Solution. Track Page Views WithAuctiva's FREE CounterCondition:Pre-owned, Escapement Type:Verge
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The Holy Grail of watches! ASTRONOMICAL Verge Fusee SELF STRIKING watch c1650