For 36 years now our
Wholesale, Retail, E-Commerce website and Live Direct Consumer
Television shows have been fortunate to be front runners in the
national and international antique timepiece business. Maintaining
honest and ethical business practices for decades has its own
reward. However, another huge benefit was that
we are blessed to have first opportunity to acquire
some aggressively sought after World Class antique timepieces, and,
on rare occasions, even "Museum Pieces" . A Museum Quality Timepiece
is rarely if ever available to the general public. These would be
watches of historical significance that are extremely collectible, rare, scare,
unique, unusual, extra fine and are heavily sought after
True World Class and
super scarce watches rarely ever make it to market and are usually
only found at some of the worlds most prestigious Auction Houses. Rest assured that we will still be selling our
normal high end, average and very affordable budget priced antique
watches as well. However, for the select few that are knowledgeable
of,,, can appreciate the rarity of,,, and can afford some of
the most rare, the finest condition and most sought after vintages
World Class timepieces,,, we present you with this
true Museum Piece!!!!
Ultra High Grade Watch
100% All Original!!
"Watchmaker to the King"
This double signed
ultra-rare “museum piece” has a LOT
going for it. To start with, it is a SUPER scarce L’ Epine
early watch handmade by Jean-Antoine L’ Epine of Paris (1720-1814). He
was made “Horloger du Roy” (as stated on the dial),,, or French for "Watchmaker
to the King".
L'Epine was an inventor and pioneered MANY advancements and firsts in
the watch world. He built timepieces for King Louis XV, King Louis XVI, Napoleon and
L’ Epine was associated with, and built timepieces for
Voltaire. L'Epine was commissioned to build a pocket watch for President
George Washington. This watch is now on display at the Museum of the
Historical Society of Pennsylvania and considered “priceless”.
scarce museum quality timepiece has many
going for it.
start off with, it
has an extremely rare elongated oval shaped handmade
case and a matching handmade oval shape movement. (how many oval shape movements
have you seen?) If this was not rare enough, the case is made of
multi-colored (yellow, green, rose/pink & white) heavy 18 Karat Gold.
It is a
double hinged case. The watch size would be approximately an American
8-10 size measuring 33.10mm wide by 41.50mmin length not measuring the
The overall length measures 61.00mm.
There are 70 “Rose Cut” faceted
diamonds in the bezel. The case back features its center
bars & designs. Just outside of the center oval is
engine turning and
or “terraced” ridges of different colors of 18 Karat Gold
stepping down to the outer perimeters of the case that have a "twisted,
or braided rope pattern".
There is a large .25 - .33
Rose Cut faceted diamond in the crown or "cap".
The original multicolor porcelain dial is drop dead gorgeous and
features a stunning blue background, two flying cherub angels,
leaves & vines
The dial in
the center is for the hours & minutes while the upper dial is to display the
calendar complication. This 250 year old Museum Piece miraculously is
still 100% intact with no cracks or hairlines!!
The movement is an early fusee type key-wind & key-set timepiece
that winds from the front of
like most extremely early French
timepieces. This SUPER Scarce & Rare watch is NOT a timepiece,
but rather a SUPER rare museum piece! The watch
has set unattended in a safe
least the past
this watch serviced and overhauled should the person that buys it so
desire. As the picture of the movement shows, all pieced are there, the fusee “chain” is
still intact and on the cone. However,,, once again,,, this is a
museum piece not a time piece!! It is not necessary to
ultra rare piece
cleaned & overhauled. It is not meant to be a casual timepiece
to carry around as an everyday watch! It is SUPER valuable and rare
collector or persons that are collecting rare antiquities of
If you might be a serious enough collector to own a true museum
piece such as this,
contact us before this treasure is “gone”.
Be very VERY careful
of dealers that state they are selling L'Epine watches in the $500-$3000
price range! Those watches might have the L'Epine name on them,
but were made 100-125 years latter, and were defiantly NOT hand made by
the world famous Jean-Antoine L'Epine! Beware of imitations!!! The
only 2 L'Epine watches we found similar to this circa and
originality doing an Internet search had no diamonds, no multicolor gold
case or no multicolor enameled dial. One in a Silver case sold
for $13,375. And another one with a plain dial, no diamonds and a 1
color gold case sold for $28,711. These were sold at Christies Auction
House in November of 2007! If you have any other questions regarding
this Museum Piece call our direct line 812-278-3180.
Item # P3685-FFNF