Antique watches

Obtaining an official certificate of authenticity

The Breguet Museum offers an authentication service for antique watches. The service can be used to verify the authenticity of a watch bearing a Breguet signature and to obtain information concerning the piece: specifications, date of sale, name of first owner, etc.

No monetary valuation of the piece will be carried out as this would require the skills of an independent expert or an auction house. 

To use the authentication service, please send your request via the contact form and include the following information:

  • Dimensions of the watch (diameter, thickness)
  • The type of signature on the dial, case or dome
  • The numbers visible on the dial, case or dome
  • The metal of the case (gold, platinum, silver, etc.)
  • Description of the dial (gold, silver, enamel, etc.) and the numerals (Roman, Arabic, Turkish, etc.)
  • Description of the watch's functions: watch with or without a chiming function
  • Description of any additional functions: small seconds, large seconds, chronograph, moon phases, calendar (day, date, month), power reserve, etc.
  • Excellent photos of the case, dial and movement

If the watch is authentic, you will be given the chance to purchase an official certificate of authenticity listing all the information available in the registers. The document is produced and signed by our registrar in Paris. This certificate costs €535 excluding tax, payable in advance.

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Important information

A large number of “fake Breguets” were made in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century. There were considerably more of them than real Breguet pieces.

Any pocket watch with an individual number higher than 5500 can be considered fake. Any 19th-century pocket watch bearing the signature “Breguet à Paris” is fake. Furthermore, any watch bearing the words “Spiral Breguet” was not produced by Breguet. Between the 1880s and 1910, many manufacturers added this inscription in large letters to their products to add to their credibility. However Breguet never used this type of inscription.