Rare and big railroad chronograph watch by French manufacturer Paul Garnier. Late XIX century.
Unusual double-sided dial, watch from the one side, chronograph - from other.
Nice two-colored tachymeter scale of chronograph.
As usual for early chronographs, minutes counter is rotating counter-clockwise.
Descent technical and cosmetic condition.
Glass from the chronograph side has some scratches, chronograph dial has practically invisible hairline (visible only under magnifying glass), hard to show on photos.
Movement is in good running condition, chronograph functions as it should.
Diameter of the watch is 55 mm, height is 71mm, weight is hefty 125 grams.
Paul Garnier was important figure in French watchmaking. He was pupil of Jean Antoine Lepine and trained at Antide Janvier.
He is author of numerous patents including his own escapement, was pioneer in electrical clocks area.
Garnier became watchmaker of the navy and railroad in France and after in Italy and other countries.
He also became watchmaker of the King (Napoleon III) in France and became an Officer of Honor Legion.
After death of Paul Garnier in 1869 business was continued by his son and nephew.