Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 09, 2021

LOT 445


CHF 3,000 - 5,000

HKD 24,000 - 40,000 / USD 3,000 - 5,000

Sold: CHF 6,250

Very fine, rare, early and unusual 18K gold, hunting cased, keyless watch with split seconds independent 1/4 seconds chronograph and «diablotine».

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3-8*


Slightly scratched

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Huguenin Berthoud, Le Locle, Suisse

Year Circa 1870

Case No. 11729

Caliber 20’’’, nickel plated, double train special calibre, 30 jewels, “fausses cotes” decoration, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring

Dimensions 57 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement


As opposed to regular watches with independent seconds mechanism, this watch can be considered as a true chronograph with independent train, because the chronograph hands can be reset to zero. It can therefore be considered as one of the first applications of the Adolphe Nicole patent front 1862 and one of the first developments of split seconds mechanism for chronographs.