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The Ritz-carlton Hotel, Hong-kong, June 08, 2002

LOT 243

Henry Moser & Cie, No. 34438, made for the Russian market, circa 1880.Very fine and rare 18K gold hunting-cased keyless double-train independent dead-seconds minute-repeating watch.

C. Four-body, massive, "bassine" with double bezels, engine-turned covers, gold hinged cuvette over gold bezel glazed for viewing the movement, push button a t 12 o'clock on the band to stop/activate the independent dead-seconds. D. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute/dead-seconds divisions, subsidiary sunk seconds. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 45 mm. (20'''), nickel, 44 jewels, straight line calibrated lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, Breguet balance spring,tandem winding, repeating on gongs, slide on the band.Signed on dial and case.Diam. 57 mm.

D. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute/dead-seconds divisions, subsidiary sunk seconds. Blued steel Breguet hands.

HKD 47,000 - 62,000

EUR 6,500 - 9,000 / USD 6,000 - 8,000

Sold: HKD 74,750

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3 - 14
Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3 - 01


Henry MoserJohann Heinrich Moser was born on December 12, 1805, in Schaffhausen. His father, Erhard Moser (1760-1829) was a clockmaker and city councilor. Johann Heinrich was the youngest in the family of 12 children. At the age of 15 he became apprenticed to his father as a clockmaker. Four years later he became a journeyman, a necessary step in those days in order to later become a free clock- or watchmaker. He went to Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle. In later years he wrote his memoirs which have survived.e claims that in his journeyman years he worked from 5 o'clock in the morning to 10 o'clock at night, mentioning that even on New Year's Eve of 1824 he worked until 11 o'clock at night and spent New Year's Day repairing his clothes. Sundays he spent on writing letters to the relatives and his friends. He returned to Schaffhausen in approximately 1826 as an experienced watchmaker. In 1827 he left for Germany, where he became a businessman. Before 1830 he moved to St. Petersburg where he opened aatch business (Nevskii prospect and Malaya Konyushennaya uliza), apparently a manufacture as well as a resale business. Soon, to meet the growing demand, he opened a branch in Le Locle under the name "Henry Moser au Locle". In St. Petersburg he met his future wife Charlotte Mayu, a daughter of a Dutch craftsman. The Moscow registers show that he had an office there from 1827 to 1874 on Ilinka St. The Moser Co. travelers did business all over Russia, including Vladivostock. They did business withwatchmakers and jewelers but also with small bazaars, especially in The East. In 1848 or 1849 J. H. Moser returned to Schaffhausen a wealthy man. He became an industrialist, producing electricity with water turbines, in one of the first such projects in the world. Completed in April 1866 at the cost of a half a million Swiss francs, the plant was capable of delivering almost 400,000 kilowatts. This station was the main source for the power for many industrial companies over the next quarter of acentury, among them the International Watch Co. which leased an industrial building from J. H.Moser. In 1873 Henri Moser junior was a member of a provisional board of directors during the first bankruptcy of the International Watch Co. J. H.Moser died on Oct 23, 1874. His brother Georg Michael Moser (1797-1871) was a clockmaker in Paris and Nemours. Another relative, also Georg Michael Moser (1706-1783) born in Schaffhausen was a well known embosser, goldsmith, enameler, and drawing teacher to Kng George III, made the first great seal of George III, and made many expensive watch cases, among them one for Queen Charlotte, for which he received "a hatful of guineas".