The top lots for the auction are as follows:
A. Lange & Sbhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, No 41000, completed for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. Extremely fine and highly importent platinum overlaid 18 ct. pink gold and enamel hunting cased keyless pocket chronometer with up/down scale and a one minute tourbillon regulator.
Sold for CHF 1,216,250.00
CHF 700,000 - 800,000
Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 860231, case No. 295442, Ref. 96, produced in 1936 and sold in 1940, especially made for Mr. Bulova, presented to J.M. Strauss by the employees on November 4, 1940. Extremely fine and rare, small, astronomic, platinum gentleman's wristwatch with triple date and moon phases at twelve o'clock, with fitted box and certificate.
Sold for CHF 1,106,250.00
CHF 700,000 - 800,000
Highly important Louis XVI parcel-gilt and painted `Pendule Astronomique' with skeletonised movement. Circa 1770. Unisgned, but possibly attributable to Jean Louis Bouchet, Horloger du Roi, the case by Jean-Batiste Guillaume Prevost and made for the titled family of Velut de la Cronière.
Sold for CHF 424,250.00
CHF 400,000 - 600,000
Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève. No. 867192, case No. 646713, Ref. 1436, circa 1948. Extremely fine and rare, small, 18 ct pink gold, gentleman's wristwatch, with square button split-second chronograph, register and tachometer.
Sold for CHF 358,250.00
CHF 280,000 - 320,000
A. Lange & Sôhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, No 40266, circa 1900. Extremely fine and rare 18 ct. pink gold minute repeating, moon phase astronomical keyless watch with perpetual calendar and single button double chronograph.
Sold for CHF 336,250.00
CHF 320,000 - 360,000
Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 862574, case No. 623288, Ref. 96, circa 1943. Extremely fine, rare and unusual, 18 ct white gold gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, register and tachometer.
Sold for CHF 325,250.00
CHF 150,000 - 200,000
Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 868882, case No. 2603335, Ref. 1436, circa 1957. Extremely fine and rare 18 ct gold gentleman's wristwatch with square button split-second chronograph, register and tachometer, with fitted box.
Sold for CHF 303,250.00
CHF 220,000 - 280,000
Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 863247, case No. 634687, made in 1943 and sold in 1946. Extremely fine, rare and interesting, tonneau-shaped, astronomic, 18 ct gold gentleman's wristwatch, with square button chronograph, register and tachometer, perpetual calendar and moon phases.
Sold for CHF 292,250.00
CHF 240,000 - 280,000
Paul Ditisheim à La Chaux de Fonds, No 20312, specially made for Mr. Leon Shuster à Paris in 1900.
Highly important 18 ct. gold moon phase astronomical keyless pocket chronometer with perpetual calendar, equation of time and sunrise/sunset indication. This piece was tested from 1901 to 1903 at the Observatory, and was used in an attempt to determine precisely the Longitude of Paris and Neuchâtel in 1902/1903. Awarded the first prize for dock chronometers at the Neuchâtel Observatory contest. Four body massive "Empire" case with deeply reeded band the back engine tumed with a sun burst pattern emanating from a plain oval cartouche. Several Prize Awards engraved inside the back. Gold cuvette engraved by Ditisheim with the complete history of the watch (see above). White enamel 9 piece dial with Arabic numerals, outer minute ring and additional sector for the equation of time centered on 12 o'clock. Subsidiary rings at 9 and 3 o'clock indicating the time of sunrise and sunset in hours and minutes with inner discs for days of the week and the date respectively. At 12 o'clock months for the leap year cycle and subsidiary seconds with inner moon phase aperture below. Blued steel Breguet hands with engraved gold "sun" hand for the equation of time. Frosted gilt brass three quarter plate 21" movement, 21 jewels in the going train, high grade straight line lever escapement, brass-invar Guillaume balance, blued steel balance spring with a Philip' s terminal curve. Astronomical and calendar work adjusted by two olivetted push pieces on the band. Signed on the dial, the case, the cuvette and the movement. In excellent condition. Diam. 61 mm. This watch must certainly be the one described in: Chronomètres et Montres d'Art construits par les ateliers Paul Ditisheim à La Chaux de Fonds (Exposition Nationale - Suisse - 1914) and illustrated on the Frontispice as the most complicated piece ever made by the firm. The uniqueness of this watch is confirmed by the inclusion on the dial of the Neuchâted Prize Awarded and the Meridian of Paris. According to the catalogue, it was also their most expensive complicated watch and sold for Sfr. 5'200 at the time.
Sold for CHF 270,250.00
CHF 200,000 - 250,000
Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, No. 869406, case No. 2779175, Ref. 2499, produced in 2 examples only in 1981. Extremely fine and rare, 18 ct gold gentleman's wristwatch, with round button chronograph, register, perpetual calendar and moon phases, with fitted box.
Sold for CHF 248,250.00
CHF 200,000 - 250,000