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Hong Kong, Mar 09, 2022

LOT 115

Louis Sandoz-Vuille
Pocket watch, inverted calibre with visible balance, alarm; gun metal niello

HKD 4,300 - 12,800

EUR 500 - 1,450 / CHF 500 - 1,500 / USD 550 - 1,650


Sold: HKD 5,000

Gun metal niello, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with visible balance and one horological complication:
· Alarm on a steel bell (on the reverse, subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock with gilded metal index; clockwise time-setting by the finger)

Case-back with niello décor.

Eccentric white enamel dial with, in a chapter, suspended Arabic numerals; blued steel “Pear” hands.

Movement 20’’’, inverted calibre, gilded brass, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance with poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index-regulator; independent alarm work mounted on the main plate, under the bell.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand L Sandoz Vuille, Le Locle

Year circa 1905-1910

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. unnumbered

Material gun metal niello

Diameter 52.6 mm.

Caliber 20’’’, straight-line lever escapement

Accessories silver niello and gilded silver chain (Length 250 mm. approx.); copy of the invention patent


The hinged case-back, once deployed, serves as a base for the watch, to stand on a nightstand or on a desk.


Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 31 781, delivered on October 7, 1904, to L. Sandoz-Vuille, Le Locle, for a “Mouvement de montre-réveil” (alarm watch 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.