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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 11, 2014

LOT 58

DENT LARGE GOLD CHRONOGRAPH POCKET WATCH Dent, Watchmaker to The King & Queen, 34, Cockspur Street, London, No. 33757, the movement supplied by Nicole Nielsen. The case with London hallmarks for 1911. Very fine and rare, heavy, half-hunting cased 18K gold keyless pocket watch with chronograph and progressive 60-minute register.

Four-body, "bassine et filets", master mark RN, polished, hinged and sprung front cover with blue enamel radial Roman chapter ring and inner minute track, thief-proof swivel bow. Hinged gold cuvette. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track and concentric fifths of a second track, Arabic five minute/seconds numerals, subsidiary seconds at 9, 60-minute register dial at 3. Blued steel double spade hands. 43 mm., 19''', frosted gilt half-plate, 15 jewels, going barrel, lateral English lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with gold timing and temperature adjustment screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, diamond endstone, index regulator, Nicole Nielsen chronograph work mounted on the backplate activated by a button in the band.

CHF 4,000 - 6,000

HKD 33,000 - 50,000 / USD 4,300 - 6,400


Sold: CHF 6,250

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Dial and movement signed. DIAM. 54 mm. 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. To be sold without reserve