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Important Collectors' Wristwatches, P...

New York, Jun 11, 2009

LOT 144

International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, Scarabaeus, No. 14/5000, No. 2341688, case No. 2300504, Ref. 5420. Designed by Prof. Ernst Fuchs. Made in a limited edition of 5000 pieces in the 1980s. Fine, rare and unusual, keyless, sterling silver gold-plated hunting cased pocket watch.

C. Three-body, "bassine et filets," the cover with a swirl design centered by the image of a beetle and signed on the inside by Prof. Ernst Fuchs, case back decorated in an astronomy motive centered by the sun. D. Gold face, sun dial image (no crystal), the rim with printed Arabic numerals. Yellow gold lightningtype hands. M. Cal. C 982 F, gilt brass, hand-engraved decoration, 19 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, swan neck micrometer regulator. Case and movement signed. Diam. 56 mm

USD 2,200 - 3,200

EUR 1,700 - 2,400 / CHF 2,500 - 3,600

Sold: USD 4,320

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


According to our research, it is more than likely that due to the lack of success at its launch, IWC only produced a few hundred pieces of the scarabeus, never reaching the initially planed 5,000 pieces.