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Hong Kong,the Ritz Carlton Hotel,harbour Room, 3rd Floor, Jun 02, 2007

LOT 65

"Minute Repeater & Chronograph" Maurice Ditisheim, Chaux de Fonds, No. 15833. Made circa 1900. Fine, large, minute-repeating, 18K yellow gold hunting-cased, keyless pocket watch with chronograph.

HKD 20,000 - 30,000

USD 2,600 - 4,000 / EUR 2,000 - 3,000

Sold: HKD 42,480

C. Four body, "bassine", polished, the front cover with engraved monogram. Hinged gold cuvette, glazed gold-rimmed cover to view the movement. D. White enamel, three-piece with radial Roman numerals, outer minutes and fifths of a second divisions calibrated from 0-300 units, subsidiary seconds. Gold "Louis XV" hands. M. 42 mm., 20''', rhodium-plated, 35 jewels, wolf's tooth winding, straight-line lever escapement, counterpoised cut bimetallic compensation balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on the band, centrifugal regulator, chronograph with visible work, push piece in the band at 12 o?clock. Case punched with Maurice Ditisheim's trademark registered on April 4, 1892. Diam. 56 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Maurice Ditisheim (d.1895) The Vulcain company was founded in 1858 in Chaux-de-Fonds by Maurice Ditisheim and was also called Ditisheim Frères. An advertisement in the ?Almanach des Horlogers? (St. Imier 1888) mentioned them as a ?Fabrique d?Horlogerie? and they both bought and sold. In 1894, the Maurice Ditisheim company and the company Ditisheim Frères, Fabrique Vulcain, combined forces, the name becoming ?Maurice Ditisheim, Fabrique Vulcain?. Maurice Ditisheim exhibited watches at the 1893 Columbian World Exhibition in Chicago.