Only Online Auction

Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 177

Arthur Imhof S.A.
8-day going World Time desk-clock; gilded brass

CHF 500 - 1,000

EUR 500 - 950 / USD 550 - 1,100 / HKD 4,200 - 8,400


Sold: CHF 1,375

Gilded brass, 8-day going, keyless-winding, truncated cylinder-shaped, World Time desk-clock, with inclined silver annular chapter ring dial, rotating silvered disc for the 24 hours, inner rotating gilt and blue world planisphere divided into sectors, with the names of 24 world cities and countries.

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3-6-8


Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Arthur Imhof S.A., La Chaux-de-Fonds

Reference 71-589

Year circa 1950-1960

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 1 334 936

Material gilded brass

Caliber lever escapement

Height 108 mm.

Width 55 mm.

Weight 570 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial and movement


For their interpretation of the World Time Clock, Imhof chose to focus the movement and visual representation on the South Pole, whereas most other systems tend to focus on the North Pole. Holding both Swiss and American patents for this approach, this simple modification allows for instantaneous reading of the time, without the need for a special mechanism or correction.


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