The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 81

Jaquet-Droz et Leschot, London, circa 1785.Very fine and rare 18 ct. gold and enamel pearl-set self-winding pedometer watch with centre seconds and stop feature, made for the Chinese market.

CHF 40,000 - 50,000

USD 24,000 - 30,000

Sold: CHF 48,300

C. Two-body, 'Louis XVI', the back with a painted on enamel lakeside scene with a vase of flowers in the foreground and a border of translucent red enamel over guilloché, the bezel in polychrome enamel with silver paillons, the front bezel pearl-set. D. White enamel, Roman chapters, outer minute ring, quarter second divisions and fifteen minute Arabic figures. Gold skeleton 'cathedral' hands. M. 40.9 mm o, hinged, gilt brass three-quarter plate with cylindrical pillars, going barrel, cylinder esapement, brass escape wheel, plain brass three-arm balance with flat balance spring, one-footed gilded cock pierced and engraved in asymmetrical scrolls and foliage, ruby endstone, crescent weight, self-winding, 'pedometer' movement with a mechanism blocking the weight when the watch is fully wound to prevent overwinding, two spring-loaded shock-absorbing winding weight, small stop lever at five o'clock to stop the watch in order to set it precisely.Signed on the oscillating weight.Diam. 49 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, page 248-249.

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Grading System
Case: 3 - 6
Movement: 3 - 5 - 6*
Dial: 3 - 01


Watches for the Chinese market were almost always sold in pairs. The pair to this one belongs to the Musée International d'Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Inv. I-494. and is illustrated on the cover of 'Splendeurs de l'émail', Catherine Cardinal, La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1999.