Rare top quality Deck Watch with chronometer escapement, circa 1910.
Substantial Swiss double back silver case, numbered 13709 and stamped 0.900, with further stamps for Nardin and the number 84. Typical gilt barred keyless movement, jewelled to the centre. Spring-detent escapement with polished steel escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial with state-of-wind indication at 12, original blued-steel hands. 64 mm diameter. Together with 3-piece mahogany Deck Box.
Paul David Nardin (1855-1920), son of Ulysse Nardin, succeeding to this most famous Swiss watch and chronometer makers in 1876. The firm specialised in precision watches, producing most of those entered for the Neuchâtel Trials from around 1891 onwards, this watch presumably being one that was tried and that will have been recorded. See also the book by Estelle Fallet La Mesure du Temps en Mer et les Horlogers Suisses.
NB: Most Nardin Deck Watches of this type are finished with detached lever escapements, those with spring-detent escapements being the rare exception - it has been written that the firm only produced a total of 187 true (in the English sense) pocket chronometers.
Dial with the usual hairline crack (from 12 to the centre), otherwise in very fine original condition, especially the escapement and beautifully finished detent. The box bearing no makers name and the present green velvet lining a replacement. Serviced and guaranteed.
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