Historically Important Early Lépine Virgule Escapement Pocket Watch Movement. Please see photographs for condition - the pictures form an important part of the description. An incredibly rare early Lepine pocket watch movement. There is a very large amount of published information about Jean-Antoine Lépine both online and in books.To put it simply, probably one of the most influential watchmakers that ever lived. The movement comes from a collection of fine and rare movements which included a number of repeaters and unusual pieces. The original dial signed Lepine, Invenit Et Fecit. This has suffered damage at some time and has been repaired quite a long time ago.
The balance is secure with good pivots, it is stiff however. When moved left to right, the escape wheel does rotate as it should. The rare Virgule escapement is complete. Undoubtedly has not been cleaned in a very long time and may even work again if serviced. I wound it ever so slightly and it does wind, the mainspring seems fine.
On the dial and 29.4mm at the widest point on the movement. Note: many of Lepine's pieces you see online and at auctions are named and numbered, but his earlier work such as this was not signed or numbered on the movement. A fine, rare piece and a wonderful item to own if you collect historically important horological pieces. To receive updates about new listings, special offers and upcoming stock.
We get new stock all the time and list several times a week! The item "Historically Important Early Lépine Virgule Escapement Pocket Watch Movement" is in sale since Thursday, May 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Pocket Watches". The seller is "vintagewatchpart" and is located in Shrewsbury.
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