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Beautiful pocket watch given by Napoleon Bonaparte to his Baron Rene-Nicolas Dufriche Desgenettes. Desgenettes was responsible for leading the French Army's department of medicine during the Napoleonic era, and was highly regarded by Napoleon, who gave him the title of Baron of the French empire in 1810. Silver and vermeil watch contains a pocket watch key along with a cock mechanism to the inside. Cover is engraved with an eagle holding a branch in its beak, surrounded by detailed engravings on the silver half hunter cover, with ''Jn Javel a Geneve'' engraved to the cover's inside. Features enamel dial with Arabic figures and second hand, and a gold mechanism cover with an engraving reading, ''Jn Javel a Geneve / L'Empereur au docteur baron des Genets 1812''. Measures 2.3'' in diameter and weighs 108 grams. Chip to 8 hour and overall light scratching and tarnishing to the inside of the watch; very good condition. Documented as originally from the estate of the Monaco royal family.
Napoleon Bonaparte's Watch, Engraved and Gifted by Napoleon to His Protege, Baron Desgnettes -- Documented as Originally Owned by Monaco's Royal Family
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