Important Collector's Wristwatches, P...

Geneva, Dec 02, 2003

LOT 197

Karnak and the Valley of the KingsLattes Frères & Cie, Genève. Made for the Oriental market circa 1890.Fine and rare, hunting-cased, keyless 18K gold and enamel automaton watch with quarter-repeating.

USD 9,000 - 13,000

EUR 7,700 - 11,200

C. five-body, "bassine et filets", entirely decorated in black enamel basse taille, the front with a pharaoh flanked by two sphinx and twoobelisks, the back with ruins of Karnak with the Valley of the Kings in the background, bezels and band in repeated pattern, gold hingedengine turned cuvette. D. white enamel ring with radial Roman numerals, outer minute divisions with five-minute Arabic markers,subsidiary sunk seconds, center with automaton scene depicting Father of Time forging his scythe on translucent imperial blue enamelover engine turning. Gold "Spade" hands. M. 43 mm ø (19???), rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 31 jewels, straight line cali-bratedlever escapement, cut-bimetallic compensation balance, Breguet balance spring, repeating on gongs through activating slide inthe band.Cuvette signed.Diam. 54 mm

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3 - 6
Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-13-24-01


Slightly oxidized

Slightly damaged

Slightly chipped

HANDS Original


Lattes Frères & Cie. (1860-1880)Were known for making watches with complications, automaton watches, and independant dead center-seconds watches for theMiddle-Eastern market.