Antique watches

How to get an official certificate

The Breguet Museum provides appraisals of early Breguet designs to the general public while, after physical examination of such pieces, its curators will be available to determine their genuineness and offer related information such as: characteristics, date sold, first owner etc.
If your watch is genuine, an official certificate of authenticity with all the information available in the registers can be delivered. This certificate will cost 535 Euros inclusive of tax and payable in advance.

​Required information

  • Watch dimensions (diameter, thickness)
  • Signature on dial, case, cuvette
  • Number on dial, case, cuvette
  • Case metal (gold, platinum, silver etc.)
  • Dial description (gold, silver, enamel etc.) and numerals (Roman, Arabic, Turkish etc.)
  • Watch functions: with or without chime
  • Additional watch functions: small second, centre second, chronograph, phases of the moon, calendar (day, date, month), power reserve etc.
  • Excellent photos of the case, dial and movement


Musée Breguet

Attn of: Mr. Emmanuel Breguet


6, Place Vendôme, 
75001 Paris, FRANCE

Or sent electronically with photo attachments to

How to spot a fake Breguet

Very early on in his career, in about 1790 or perhaps even earlier, A.-Louis Breguet was confronted with the phenomenon of forgery. It was a problem which was to increase throughout his career, before diminishing, without vanishing entirely, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Fake Breguet watches far outnumbered real ones.

Any pocket watch bearing an individual number greater than 5500 can be considered fake.
Any nineteenth century pocket watch signed "Breguet à Paris" is fake.
Furthermore watches bearing the inscription "Spiral Breguet" were not made by our firm. From 1880 to 1910, many manufactures added this inscription in big letters to their pieces to lend them credibility, whereas Breguet never used such inscriptions.