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Geneva, Nov 14, 2009

LOT 198

Quarter-Repeater Attributed to Louis Audemars, No. 48971. Made circa 1885. Very fine, 18K yellow gold, quarter-repeating, hunting cased pocket watch with gold wheel train.

CHF 4,000 - 6,000

USD 4,000 - 6,000 / EUR 2,700 - 4,000

Sold: CHF 4,800

C. Four-body, bassine et filets, engine-turned with polished borders. Hinged gold cuvette. D. White enamel with radial narrow Roman numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary seconds. Blued steel halberd hands. M. 19???, nickel finished, 31 jewels, wolf?s tooth winding, gold wheel train, counterpoised straightline lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with gold meantime and temperature adjustment screws, blued-steel Breguet balance spring with overcoil, index regulator, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on the band. Case numbered and movement numbered on the dial plate. Diam. 51 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


Louis Audemars (1782-1833)
Born in La Vallée de Joux, at 16 Louis Audemars was apprenticed to Philippe Meylan and soon established his reputation for the fine workmanship of his movements. All eight of Audemar's sons continued in the family firm, making finished movements, and around 1837 inventing the keyless winding/ setting system known today as the Audemars system. In 1848 Audemars began producing complete watches. The company became recognized as one of the best, furnishing the major Swiss and French manufacturers such as Le Roy, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin, with highly complicated watches and movements.