The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 11

Estienne Mainadie à Magdeburg, circa 1705.Very fine and rare pair-cased, silver 'wandering hour' watch.

CHF 10,000 - 12,000

USD 6,000 - 7,000

Sold: CHF 18,975

C. Outer: two-body, shagreen-covered, studded with silver. Inner: two-body, 'bassine', polished, small pendant, loose ring. D. Silver, Roman champlevé, the 'wandering' chapters appearing in a circular window of a silver engraved segment set at the top, surmounted by the Arabic five minute chapter segment. The window above the Roman quarter-hour segment, showing the correct hour, revolves to point to the correct minutes. The bottom with an applied gold bust under faceted crystal, probably of Fredrick I, King of Prussia (1657-1713) surrounded by gilt military trophies. M. 39.5 mm o., hinged gilt brass full plate with tulip pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain steel three-arm balance, single-footed winged cock, pierced and engraved with symmetrical foliage, pinion and rack regulator with silver plate with Arabic numerals.Signed on the dial and the movement, case stamped MG under a coronet.Diam. 55 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, page 116-117.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2 - 5 - 6
Movement: 3 - 5 - 6*
Dial: 3 - 5 - 6


Watches with a wandering hour dial first appeared in the 17th century.In the 1920's and 1930's, Breguet sold many wandering hour watches with a system patented in about 1925 by Robert Cart. More recently, the idea has enjoyed a revival, being introduced into the wristwatch.Mainadie Estienneis listed as having been active in Magdeburg, in the early 18th century.