The Private Collection of Theodor Beyer

Hotel Baur Au Lac, Zurich, Nov 16, 2003

LOT 96

Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, circa 1925. Very fine and elegant rock crystal, white gold-mounted diamond-set keyless skeletonized dress watch with platinum chain, in original leather fitted box.

CHF 10,000 - 12,000

EUR 6,500 - 7,800 / USD 7,400 - 9,000

Sold: CHF 13,225

C. Single piece of crystal, faceted on edges, diamond-set band. D. Off-white enamel ring with gold radial Arabic numerals, glazed center with skeletonized movement. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 40.6 mm (18'''), maillechort, skeletonized, "fausses côtes" decoration, 18 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with flat balance spring.Signed on the movement, pendant and box, pendant punched with French gold marks.Diam. 48 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


The present watch represents the ultimate in Art Deco elegance, during which period rock crystal cases were popular; the trend having been started by Cartier. Van Cleef & Arpels went a step further, skeletonizing the movement to enhance the effect of the crystal's transparency.