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Geneva, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Du Rhône, May 13, 2007

LOT 639

?Independent Dead Center Seconds? Louis Audemars, Brassus (Swiss), No. 11923, made for Le Roy & Fils, Horloger de la Marine, Palais-Royal, 13 et 15 Galerie Montpensier, Paris, 211 Regent Street, London, No. 50019. Made circa 1875. Very fine, 18K yellow gold, two-train, keyless pocket watch with independent dead seconds and double gold wheel-train.

CHF 7,000 - 9,000

EUR 4,500 - 5,500 / USD 5,500 - 7,500

Sold: CHF 7,670

C. Four body, massive, "bassine et filets", engine-turned, the back engraved with a monogram, bolt at 7 to lock the center seconds. Hinged gold cuvette. D. White enamel with radial Roman numerals and outer Arabic minutes and seconds ring. Gold "spade" hands. M. 41 mm., 18''', frosted gilt, 29 jewels, two-train, double gold wheel train with tandem winding, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance with gold screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator. Signed by Le Roy on the cuvette, Louis Audemars' Trade mark punched inside the back of the case. Diam. 51 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-12



Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


The movement of the present watch is, as one would expect from Audemars, of very high quality and finish, particularly with the feature of the gold double wheel train.