Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Feb 07, 2015

LOT 83

HOPE BROTHERS CO. GRANDE SONNERIE CLOCK WATCH WITH TRIP MINUTE REPEATER FOR THE CHINESE MARKET YELLOW GOLD Hope Brothers, No. 2408. Made for the Chinese market, circa 1890. Fine and very rare, two-train, Grande Sonnerie striking and trip minute-repeating with three hammers on three gongs, 18K yellow gold, hunting cased, keyless pocket watch.

HKD 48,000 - 64,000

USD 6,100 - 8,200 / CHF 6,200 - 8,300

Sold: HKD 325,000

Four body, "bassine", engine-turned with polished borders. Hinged gold cuvette. White enamel, with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary seconds. Gold spade hands. 19''', frosted gilt, double train with differential winding, 30 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator, striking the hours and quarters on three gongs with three stacked hammers, Silence/ Chim selection lever on the bezel border, repeating activated by a push piece in the band.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Case, dial and movement signed Hope Brothers (Chinese character), cuvette signed Hope Brothers. DIAM. 46.5 mm. Hundalee watch company founded in 1864 by the German brothers in Shanghai, company English name is "HOPE BROTHERS WATCHED". They mainly engaged in selling the high-end imported watches and precision repair known. Hundalee watch company is currently the one of the largest watch retailer in China .