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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Jun 28, 2020

LOT 322

GEORGE EDWARD & SON POCKET WATCH, "REGULATOR"-TYPE DIAL, MINUTE-REPEATER, CHRONOGRAPH; 18K YELLOW GOLD

Fine and rare 18K yellow gold, hunting-case, keyless-winding, roundshaped, pocket watch, with “regulator”-type dial and two horological complications: · Minute-repeater on two steel gongs (activated by the slide at 5 o’clock) · Chronograph (activated by the single round push-piece located on the case-band at 12 o’clock) Cover and case-back polished. White enamel dial with eccentric chapter at 3 o’clock with radial Roman numerals, central minutes with five-minute Arabic numerals, outermost chronograph scale; blued steel hands.

Brand George Edward & Son

Year Circa 1874-1875

Movement No. 7719 (ebauche No. 7522)

Case No. 7719 (by "B B" inside an oval inside the cover, and, "A N" inside an oval inside case-back and cuvette), with London letter-date for 1874-1875)

Caliber 19''', ¾ plate, gilded brass, going barrel, English lateral lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance with gold and platinum poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, index regulator; no motion train, the hours are independent from the minutes, hours driven directly from the barrel arbour, minutes from the centre wheel; Nicole Nielsen winding / setting system adopted to setting the unusual independent hands; Nicole Nielsen chronograph work mounted under the dial

Dimensions 53.4 mm.

Signature Dial, case and movement

CHF 1,000 - 2,000

HKD 8,000 - 16,000 / USD 1,000 - 2,000

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Sold: CHF 6,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3**

Good

Repair required, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-70-01

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Hairline

HANDS Original


Notes

The watch has a number of unusual features, one of which was protected, as stated on the movement, by British Patent No. 7 719. The independent regulator dial can be found only in English watches and rather rarely. The early ones were set independently, the hour hand was set first and then the minute. In this case, Nicole Nielsen devised a system that can do it through the crown ?? it involves creating motion work ?? like train set on the top of their standard system. Due to this the barrel must be designed differently and moved at least in one direction during setting. A split arbour was designed. Provenance · Antiquorum, Geneva, auction, April 13, 2002, lot 513, sold for the amount of US$ 31 625.- To be sold without reserve