Did I just buy a real Breguet De La Marine??

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    Did I just buy a real Breguet De La Marine??

    Doesn't have the 'typical' hands, but everything else screams BREGUET at me.











    Very early on in his career, in about 1790 or perhaps even earlier, A.-Louis Breguet was confronted with the phenomenon of forgery. It was a problem which was to increase throughout his career, before diminishing, without vanishing entirely, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Fake Breguet watches far outnumbered real ones.

    Any pocket watch bearing an individual number greater than 5500 can be considered fake.
    Any nineteenth century pocket watch signed "Breguet à Paris" is fake.
    Furthermore watches bearing the inscription "Spiral Breguet" were not made by our firm. From 1880 to 1910, many manufactures added this inscription in big letters to their pieces to lend them credibility, whereas Breguet never used such inscriptions.
    Hm.. seems like a 19th century fake after all ;) Glad I found out in time.
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    Re: Did I just buy a real Breguet De La Marine??

    Hi pej,

    sorry, you sunk money into a typical contemporary fake in poor shape.

    The good news: It is a repeater, thus a rare item anyway.

    The bad news: It doesn't look promising, and you'll need a talented watchmaker and a heavy wallet.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: Did I just buy a real Breguet De La Marine??

    No problem, I won it on auction but I ended up not buying it since it wasn't a real Breguet, while the seller claimed it was. No worries :)

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