Geneva, May 15, 2023

LOT 258


CHF 20,000 - 40,000

EUR 20,400 - 40,700 / USD 22,600 - 45,100 / HKD 178,000 - 354,000

Sold: CHF 37,500

Very fine and rare, 18K. gold and enamel hunting cased minute repeating, "grande and petite sonnerie" keyless clock watch.
Grande and petite sonnerie with strike/silent and optional hours/quarters levers on the bezel.
Slightly Iater cover and back with the champlevé enamelled monogram: "F.R." and the head of a lion.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Dent London, England

Year Circa 1890

Case No. 30804

Material 18K yellow gold

Diameter 54 mm.

Caliber 20''',gilt brass double train three quarter plate movement, two barrels with a differential winding, 42 jewels in screwed settings, English lateral lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, blued steel balance spring with a terminal curve, repeating on gongs.

Signature Dial and movement


DENT A celebrated watchmaking dynasty founded by Edward John Dent (1790-1853), known for high quality watches, clocks, chronometers and regulators. After starting life as a tallow chandler, Edward John Dent switched to watchmaking. From 1815 to 1829, he was employed by the Vulliamys and the Barrauds. In 1830 he entered into a partnership with J. R. Arnold. In 1840 he set up on his own account at 33 Cockspur Street, London. He was the builder of "Big Ben", the famous Westminster clock. He made many fine chronometers and watches as well as others of a high commercial grade. The firm continued until relatively recently at 41 Pall Mall, London, as E. Dent & Co. Ltd.