Important Watches, Wristwatches and C...

Hong Kong, Hotel Furama Kempinski, Jun 09, 1997

LOT 255

H.R. Ekegren, made by Ed. Koehn Geneve, Suisse, No. 86744, made for J.E. Caldwell & Co. Philadelphia, circa 1920. Very fine 18K gold keyless presentation watch, jewelled with blue sapphires.

HKD 12,000 - 14,000

USD 1,500 - 1,800

Sold: HKD 16,100

C. Three body, massive, "demi-bassine", polished, the hack engraved with the monogram "D.G.S.". 1-Iinged gold cuvette engraved with a dedication to an Officer of the U.S. Navy, dated 1921. D. White enamel with Breguet numerals and sunk subsidiary seconds. Gold Breguet hands. M. 17"', nickel plated, with going barrel, 21 jewels in blue sapphires, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, eight adjustments, Breguet balance spring with swan neck micrometric index. Signed on the dial, case and movement. In very good condition. Diam. 46 mm.

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Watches with blue sapphire jewel bearings are very rare, the most celebrated being the famous "Howard Blue Sapphire", reputed to be one of the best quality watch ever made in the U.S.A. and produced at 300 examples only. According to the inscription engraved on the cuvette and the the mark of the U.S. Navy, this watch was certainly presented by the U.S. Navy to D.C. Sloan in 1921 an act of baravery or in recognition of loyalty.