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Important Watches, Collector's Wristw...

Geneva, June 15, 2003

LOT 489

The Mystérieuse A.S. & F. (Armand Schwob & Frères, La Chaux-de-Fonds), Swiss, circa 1890. Rare and fine silver, keyless mystery watch.

C. Three-body, "bassine et filets", polished, glazed on both faces. D. Eccentric glass with gilt Arabic numerals and outer black chapter minute ring with gilt Arabic numerals. Silver "spade" hands. Engine-turned dial plate. M. Gilt brass, crescent-shaped, 10 jewels, cylinder escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, flat balance spring.Signed on the dial plate. Diam. 54 mm.

C. Three-body, "bassine et filets", polished, glazed on both faces.
D. Eccentric glass with gilt Arabic numerals and outer black chapter minute ring with gilt Arabic numerals. Silver "spade" hands. Engine-turned dial plate.
M. Gilt brass, crescent-shaped, 10 jewels, cylinder escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, flat balance spring.Signed on the dial plate. Diam. 54 mm.

CHF 3,000 - 3,500

Sold: CHF 3,000


Grading System
Grade: A

Good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original

Notes

Built on the principle invented by Robert-Houdin for clocks, this watch appears to work without any mechanical movement. It is, in fact, driven by the crescent-shaped movement concealed above the dial on the border, the hands revolving along with the glass plate set beneath the dial.Patented by Armand Schwob & Frère à Paris on 24 January 1889, such watches were very popular towards the end of the 19th century.