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Geneva, Sep 22, 2021

LOT 10

Arnold Augsburger
Pocket watch, automaton; “Hedy’s Patent”; chromium-plated metal

CHF 500 - 1,500

EUR 500 - 1,400 / USD 550 - 1,650 / HKD 4,300 - 12,800

Chromium-plated metal, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with automaton; the animated scene (connected to the small second) shows a butcher butchering a lamb on his stall.

Cover polished.

White enamel dial, with suspended Arabic numerals.

Movement 19’’’, ¾ plate, gilded brass, going barrel, independent platform with lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance with poising screws and blued steel flat hairspring, polished steel

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3-8-11


Slightly scratched

Slightly worn

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-71-01



HANDS Original

Brand Arnold Augsburger, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Model “Hedy’s Patent”

Year circa 1905

Movement No. 260 081

Case No. unnumbered

Material chromium-plated metal

Diameter 53.5 mm.

Caliber 19’’’, with independent platform and lateral lever escapement (probably by Didisheim-Goldschmidt Fils & Cie, Fabrique Juvenia, La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Weight 109.6 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial

Accessories contemporary fitted box (signed Paul Hemmeler, La Chaux-de-Fonds)


Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 25 2999, delivered on February 21, 1903, to Arnold Augsburger, La Chaux-de-Fonds, for a “Montre avec automate” (Watch with automaton).


The movement used in this watch is very similar to those manufactured by Didisheim-Goldschmidt Fils & Cie, Fabrique Juvenia, La Chaux-de-Fonds, with the technical characteristic that the escapement is mounted on an independent platform. Note that the cardboard box of the Hemmeler company takes up the design of this same calibre.

However, we have no idea why this watch is marked "Hedy's Patent" and what this refers to.


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