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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, July 16, 2019

LOT 20

C.H. MEYLAN FOR BIRKS & SONS, POCKET WATCH, MINUTE REPEATER, PINK GOLD

Very fine and rare keyless-winding, open-face, round-shaped, pocket watch in 18k pink gold, made for the American market, subsidiary seconds at 6 with four horological complications. Minute repeater on two steel gongs, single push-piece chronograph, split-seconds chronograph and a 30-minute recorder on a subsidiary dial at 12. Silver guilloché engine-turned dial with Roman numerals. Case back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with the cypher « A.E.D. ».

Très belle et rare montre de poche à remontage au pendant en or rose 18k (750). Quatre complications horlogères. Répétition à minutes sur 2 gongs métalliques, chronographe monopoussoir, rattrapante et compteur 30 minutes.

Brand  C. H. Meylan

Model Made for Henry Birks & Sons Limited, Montréal (Canada)

Year Circa 1910

Calibre  17½”, rhodium-plated, with going barrel, straight-line equilibrated lever escapement, cut-compensated balance and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, index regulator with swan-neck spring and micrometric screw, superior adjustment

Case No. 5 625

Dimensions 49.2 mm

Signature Dial

Accessories Copies of the invention patent

EUR 7,000 - 9,000

CHF 7,800 - 10,000 / USD 7,800 - 10,000
Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

The movement of this watch was made with a calibre especially built by C.H. Meylan for his chronograph with an unusual column wheel, patented in 1880. The mention « Superior Adjustment » refers to a movement finished with 8 adjustments and 39 or 40 jewels. The present watch is the most complicated version of those that the brand usually marketed, with, in addition to the patented chronograph (1880), a minute recorder, a split-seconds chronograph and a minute repeater (patented in 1888).

Le mouvement de cette montre a été produit avec un calibre développé par C. H. Meylan pour son chronographe à roue à colonne inhabituelle, breveté en 1880. La mention « Superior Adjustment » fait référence au mouvement comprenant 8 ajustements et 39 ou 40 rubis. La montre présentée est la version la plus compliquée que cette marque proposait, avec en addition au brevet du chronographe (1880), un totalisateur des minutes, une seconde rattrapante et la répétition minute (brevet de 1888).