Only Online Auction

Geneva, Jan 03, 2022

LOT 169

John Holmes
Pair-case pocket watch; 18K yellow gold and enamel

CHF 2,000 - 4,000

EUR 1,950 - 3,900 / USD 2,200 - 4,400 / HKD 16,900 - 33,700

Sold: CHF 2,500

18K yellow gold and enamel, pair-cased open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch.
Outer case with Royal blueflinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning), with, in the centre, the cypher “J B”; inner case polished.
White enamel dial with radial Roman numerals; yellow gold skeleton hands.
Movement 16’’’, full plate, gilded brass, fusee and chain, verge escapement, polished steel three-arm balance, engraved gilded English cock, large diamond end-stone in a polished steel setting, silver index regulator.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8-11


Slightly scratched

Slightly worn

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand John Holmes, London (Strand)

Year circa 1791

Movement No. 6 954

Case No. unnumbered (by “I P”; with London letter-date for 1791)

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Diameter 41 mm.

Caliber 16’’’, verge escapement

Dimensions Ø 48.6 mm. (pair-case)

Signature movement


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

Important notice – Special conditions Please look carefully at all the photos as they are an integral part of the description. Any defect not mentioned in the descriptions but visible on the photos will be considered as described and cannot lead to any claim. The dimensions are given as an indication and may slightly differ from the measures mentioned by the manufacturers especially for contemporary watches. The photos are not retouched. Colors may differ from reality. For timepieces, we guarantee neither the functioning nor the precision of the movement, nor the water-resistance of the case. In addition, please note that movements, parts of mechanisms or cases may be incomplete. The lots are sold “as is”, described to the best of our knowledge and cannot be returned. Once the online bid is placed by the bidder, it cannot be cancelled.