Hong Kong, May 29, 2022

LOT 320

Henry Moser & Co.
Large and early military single button chronograph, minute counter, enamel dial, made for the Russian market; silver

HKD 31,700 - 64,000

EUR 3,900 - 7,700 / CHF 4,000 - 8,000 / USD 4,100 - 8,100

Sold: HKD 40,000

Silver (0.875 / 84), manual-winding, round-shaped, large and early military wristwatch, hinged case-back, mobile lugs, white enamel dial with large luminescent suspended Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds at 6 and two horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the single round-shaped push-piece located on the winding-crown at 12 o’clock)
· Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock)

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Henry Moser & Cie, Le Locle and St. Petersburg

Year circa 1915

Movement No. 188 592

Case No. 188 592

Material silver (0.875)

Bracelet brown leather strap

Buckle stainless steel buckle

Diameter 44.2 mm.

Caliber 17’’’ lever escapement

Signature dial, case and movement


The co-axial single button on the winding-crown for “start” / “stop” and “return to zero” functions of the chronograph.

Moser, Johann Heinrich (1805-1874)

Swiss watchmaker, son of a clockmaker, moved to St. Petersburg about 1827, where he opened a watch business (Nevskii Prospect and Malaya Konyushennaya Street). He had also a branch in Moscow. Moscow registers shows that he had an office there from 1827 to 1874 on Ilinka Street. In 1874, the son Henry Moser, Jr., took over the business. The Moser Co. did business all over Russia, including so far places as Vladivostok in Siberia. In the third quarter of the 19th century they became suppliers to the Tsar.