A rare chance to buy a pre-owned gold-plated Navigator skeleton timepiece by Comitti. This was a special edition model created for retail by for Asprey, London, serial no. H1 046.
The grasshopper escapement is after John Harrison (1693-1776) the maker of the world’s first marine chronometer. Its slow mesmeric motion can be viewed by clicking on the video link.
The single fusee 8 day movement is gold plated, with silver-plated chapters with Roman and Arabic numerals and fine Breguet hands.
The movement is mounted on a stepped burr walnut base affixed with a plaque for Aspreys. The clock is protected by a walnut edged glazed case, with fine stringing and mitred corners. We do also offer the option of a frameless all-glass case if preferred.
Harrison was first awarded £250 in 1737 under the Longitude Act in order to improve on his promising H1 sea clock. Improvements on further prototypes culminated in the production of the H4, which far exceeded the timekeeping specification initially laid out in the act.
A new Navigator clock from Comitti retails at in excess of £10,000. Ours is sold complete with the original signed key and a 3-year guarantee.
- Height; 18¼ inches (46.5 cms)
- Width; 13¼ in. (34 cms)
- Depth; 9 ½ in. (24 cms)
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