Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 11, 2019

LOT 446

BENRUS/ WADSWORTH/GOLDSMITH STERN & CO, BYRD ANTARCTIC SOUTH POLE EXPEDITION, STEEL/14K GOLD

A historically important and rare set of three manual wind wristwatches given to Alton Parker for his 1928-1930 Byrd South Pole expedition.

Brand Benrus

Model Sky-Chief

Reference 22201

Year Circa 1935

Calibre  28/ 10’’’/ 9 1/2’’’

Case No. 722188/1090326

Bracelet custom made silver cuff bracelet

Dimensions 31/ 27/ 25 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement.

CHF 500 - 1,000

HKD 4,000 - 8,000 / USD 500 - 1,000

Sold: CHF 2,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-10-01

Good

Patinated

HANDS Original


Notes

 Former property of the Alton Family 
 A US Marine in WWI, Parker accompanied Admiral Byrd on North Pole Expeditions in 1926 and Byrd Antarctic Expeditions of 1928- 30. Parker was the first American to set foot on Antartica during the Byrd Antarctic Expeditions and with Byrd was the first pilot to fly over the Edsel Ford Mountains. Parker went on to become a One-Million Mile Pilot in 1939 as an air mail pilot for TWA. The 1926 Pathe News presentation watch was represented to Parker’s son Jack S. Parker on his 16th birthday. From a private collection acquired directly from the granddaughter of Alton N. Parker.