The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 370

Unsigned, Geneva, circa 1820.Very fine 18 ct. gold and enamel, pearl-set two-train hour-striking musical watch with quarter repeating and centre seconds, accompanied by its original enamelled key suspended from a knotted silk cord, with a small carved rectangle of jade, a tiny ring also of jade, a piece of rose quartz cut in the shape of a flower and some small seed pearls.

CHF 10,000 - 15,000

USD 6,000 - 9,000

Sold: CHF 23,000

C. Four-body, 'Empire', the back decorated in Imperial blue translucent enamel over sunburst engine-turning, the bezels set with half pearls, the band decorated with pale green, red, and blue champlevé enamel, the pendant and bow decorated en suite, gilt, hinged cuvette. D. White enamel, Roman chapters, outer minute and fifth-second divisions, fifteen-minute Arabic numerals. Blued-steel Breguet hands. M. 49 mm o, gilt brass bridge calibre, fixed barrel, cylinder escapement, gold three-arm balanc, blued-steel balance spring, the music by a revolving disc with pins on both sides playing on 23 tuned teeth arranged in a fan-shape, playing on the hour and on demand, repeating on two gongs by depressing the pendant, bolt at 6 o'clock for activating the music, silent/music lever at 9 o'clock protruding through the edge of the cuvette.Case stamped M in a lozenge and 3803.Diam. 58 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, pages 328-329.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3 - 18
Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2 - 01


It is with this watch that the celebrated Sandberg collection began in the early 1970s. Lord Sandberg discovered it in a Hong Kong warehouse belonging to the China Arts Lot Crafts organisation, was captivated by music and the beauty of its enamels, and bought it on impulse, for the equivalent of $500 dollars !