The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 334

Daniel Quare, London, No. 4722, casemaker's mark WI incuse for William Jaques, hallmarked 1718.Very fine and rare 22 ct. gold pair-cased watch with regulator through the dial.

CHF 15,000 - 20,000

USD 9,000 - 12,000

Sold: CHF 16,100

C. Outer: two-body, polished. Inner: two-body, 'bassine', polished. D. Enamel, Roman chapters, outer minute ring with five-minute Arabic numerals, winding aperture at 3 o'clock, aperture for regulating with blued-steel regulating plate below 12 o'clock. 'Beetle and poker' hands. M. 36 mm o, gilt brass full plate, pierced tulip pillars, fusee and chain for the going train, verge escapement, plain steel three-arm balance, blued-steel balance spring, large triple-footed gilt cock with streamers athe base, pierced and engraved with symmetrical scrolling foliage and geometrical pattern, scallop shell at the base, diamond endstone.Signed on the back plate, numbered on the back plate and inside inner case, the last two digits repeated inside the outer case.Diam. 51 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, pages 112-113.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3 - 12 - 15
Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 4 - 11 - 01


Daniel Quare was one of the very few early English makers to provide for winding, setting and regulation through the dial. This arrangement found more favour on the Continent, where it was understood that it required neither a winding hole through the back, nor for the owner to open the case, risking damage, dust and dirt.The mechanism for regulating through the dial comprises a hollow barrel arbor through which the regulating arbor runs. Although not unique, this is an unusual and rare construction.Daniel Quare (c. 1648-1724)was admitted as brother of the Clockmakers' Company in 1671 and served as Master in 1708. In 1718 he entered into partnership with Stephen Horseman, who had been apprenticed to him; after his death, Horseman carried on alone under the partnership name until 1733, when he became bankrupt and the business was sold. About 1680, Quare produced repeating watches of his own design, and when Edward Barlow, in 1686, sought to patent a repeating device, Quare, backed by the Clockmakers' Company, opposedhe monopoly. In Quare's arrangement a single push on a pin projecting from the case near the pendant sufficed to sound the hours and quarters, while Barlow's required a distinct action for each. The King, after a trial of both watches, gave preference to that of Quare.Although the concentric minute hand was in use long before him, Quare devised a mechanism so that the hour and minute hands should be actuated together.