Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, May 13, 2018

LOT 461

SPLIT-SECOND MINUTE REPEATER CHRONOGRAPH Very fine and very rare, manual winding, 18k yellow gold, open face split-second, chronograph pocket watch with minute-repeating.

CHF 8,000 - 12,000

HKD 64,000 - 96,000 / USD 8,000 - 12,000

Sold: CHF 8,750

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Howell & James

Year 1884

Numbers Case N.9609

Caliber 20'''

Dimensions 53 mm.

Signature on the Dial, Case Numberes.


With monogram. Howell, James & Co., 1819-1911 Jewelers and silversmiths of Regent Street, London. Founded as silk mercers and retail jewelers, they rapidly expanded employing a staff of over 100 by 1865. Noted for their variety and quality of stock including items by designers and students of the South Kensington School, they exhibited in London in 1851 and 1862; in Paris in 1867; and at London in 1871 and 1872 when they showed jewelry by C. Eastlake, M. Wyatt, F. Leighton and L.F. Day. From 1876, Howell, James & Co. held a series of popular exhibitions of ceramics painted by amateurs. The company's 1878 Paris Exhibition stand was designed by L.F. Day, who also contributed designs for Aesthetic Movement clocks along with the architect Thomas Harris. The firm stocked silver goods by J. Dixon & Co., Dresser's Linthorpe Pottery and Brannam Pottery from 1880 to 1889, when their employee, J. Llewellyn, moved to Liberty & Co. taking exclusive selling rights with him. The premises were reconstructed in 1881, incorporating art pottery galleries, where they held an exhibition of architectural faience made by Brumantofts to M.B. Adams designs.